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Ear Repair

Help Me! Won't somebody help me?

This unfortunate Khan took a wrong step off the workbench. You can see for your self that he suffered henious damage. What can be done with a horse like this? Is he destined for the trash can, or does he have a chance to be healed and live on as a fine show horse?

 

Thanks to common household baking soda and krazy glue, he does have a chance....read on......

 

view of the disfiguring injury

 

the finished repair

The first thing you need is baking soda and krazy glue. Get the regular krazy glue, not the 'gel' type. There are a few ways to do this, I'm going to show you the two ways I do it. The first way is using something as a support to build the glue up on. The photo at left shows a metal sculpting tool being used as the support. It has a bit of vaseline smeared on it to prevent the glue from sticking to it. A small amount of krazy glue is applied, and then a small pinch of baking soda is sprinkled on the glue. It solidifies instantly, leaving you with a hard white substance similar to resin. This stuff is very strong, and is ideal for ear repairs. It takes a bit of practice and patience, but if you keep applying small amounts of krazy glue and baking soda, you will soon have a remotely ear shaped glob that can be filed and sanded into a nice new ear. The photos at left show the gradual building up, and also the tool being turned over to be used as a flatter support as the ear is built out towards the tip.
Here is the same ear, nearly complete
This is the more commonly used method. I'm sure there are as many ways to do this as there are artists out there, so don't be afraid to experiment. This more common method uses no tool for support. I generally us this method for ears that only have the tips broken off. You place a tiny bit of krazy glue on the break, and then sprinkle a pinch of baking soda on the wet glue. Repeat as necessary Another twist on the same idea is to apply the glue, then invert the horse and 'dip' into baking soda. See photos to the left
 
 
"dipping" the ear
Here's both the ears after the baking soda/krazy glue buildup is complete. They are sorta rough and lumpy looking at this stage, but will soon look good as new...
Using jewelers files, I shape and smooth the ears back to their original shape. I used sandpaper at the end to give them a final smoothing. Reference photos, or another casting of the same horse, are very helpful at this stage
The completed repair! Once he's painted no one will ever know, and the repair is as strong, maybe stronger, than the original resin