Mend it Monday #15

There’s a bit of a pile of mending building up again, including the never-ending sock darning. However, today’s mend required a bit more care than simply brandishing a darning needle.

Mr Snail has a much-loved mug that he got when he contributed to crowd-funding a stage production of Aberystwyth Mon Amour in Aberystwyth a few years back… he’s also got an original script, but it’s the mug that’s the subject of this post. Sadly, a couple of months ago, there was an incident and the handle broke. Rather than add it to the growing collection of pen pots round the house, I decided a mend might be possible. I toyed with various options, but in the end I used Gorilla Glue combined with a cloth binding. I never trust a handle that’s just been glued and, indeed my first attempt without the binding just wouldn’t hold. So, I glued the surfaces that needed to be joined, and then I glued a “bandage” of strong cotton fabric in place. Once it was completely dry, I soaked some ribbon in diluted pva glue and bound this over the cotton fabric. A little more pva to ensure that the whole thing was waterproof and it was done.

We have lots of mugs and it has to be a special one to make it worth mending, but hopefully this will now last a good few more years.

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  1. A most original solution, and I’m sure Mr Snail was very chuffed not to lose his precious memento.

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  2. Yes, yes, very clever but I think we should be told more about the ‘incident’.
    😉

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  3. I am with tialys on this one- what was the incident? Special mugs are a conumdrum really, do we use them and maybe loose them, or keep them safe at the back of a cupboard?

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    • I suspect I will never know what actually happened!
      We’ve made a decision to use special things so that we see them and enjoy them. It does mean that sometimes they get broken, but we deal with that when it happens and, fortunately, this break was not terminal.

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  4. I have a special mug which lost its handle and like you I tried to mend it. Gorilla glue didn’t hold so I will have to try your solution!

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  5. I absolutely agree that we should use the pretty special things or it is ridiculous to have them in the first place. Good wine glasses is another thing too.

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    • We have some crystal champagne flutes that my late dad bought for me and we use those whenever we have fizz. If they break I will be sad, but I think about him every time we use them and it’s so good that the risk is completely worth it.

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  6. The fabric binding is an ingenious solution to the extra strength the handle is going to need in future. Half the skill in mending is avoiding surplus attachments, such as glueing my own fingers to the mended loop on my watchstrap. Sometimes only superglue will do, and sometimes… it won’t.

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    • Mr Snail was keen to use superglue for this mend, but I don’t think it would have done the trick. I’m really hoping this combination will last. However… I did end up with Gorilla glue on the draining board… sigh

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  7. Hope your mend holds. At least there is a good bit of the top still left. I’ve never had any success mending handles but never tried your ingenious approach.

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  8. What a nice solution! I hope it lasts and that the glue comes out of the sink…

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