how to glue a resin figurine

by:Ennas      2023-06-10

How to Glue a Resin Figurine: A Step-by-Step Guide

Resin figurines can be exquisite decorative pieces, but they are also fragile. A single fall can result in chips and cracks that may render them useless. Gluing a resin figure, therefore, becomes a necessary skill for repair and maintenance. Even when you are not repairing cracks, a well-structured statue can still benefit from the reinforcement that glue provides. In this article, we will guide you on how to glue a resin figure to perfection.

Choosing the Right glue for a Resin Figurine

Different types of glues can work on resin figurines, but the most appropriate type is epoxy glue. Epoxy glue can adhere to any surface, and it is strong enough to endure pressure and shocks. Its also waterproof, thereby preventing any damage from moisture. Below There are some criteria to consider when choosing epoxy glue.

1. Bond Strength C The strongest bond is preferred for durability, but it should not be too strong to leave residues or discolor the figure.

2. Drying time C A quick-drying glue is perfect and saves time, especially if you have several figures to repair.

3. Clear or Opaque C The epoxy glue can be either opaque or clear. Clear glue is best suited for transparent figures, while opaque is for colored plastic or dark surfaces.

4. Hardness C The hardness of the glue should match or be slightly higher than that of the resin material.

5. Availability C The glue should be readily available in your local hardware or craft store.

Preparing your Workstation

Working on a flat and clean work surface is essential when repairing figurines. A worktable covered with wax paper or a plastic sheet is a great choice. Ensure you have all the necessary tools and equipment within reach before you start, including a toothpick or popsicle stick  , cotton swabs, and a clean rag.

The Step-by-Step Guide to glue a Resin Figurine

1. Identify the Parts to be glued.

Before gluing, identify the cracked or broken parts of the figure that make it unstable. Sometimes, it could be a hairline crack that is hard to spot.

2. Clean the Surfaces for Gluing.

An essential element of strong adhesive bonding is proper surface preparation. Use a cleaning agent to wipe the surfaces to be glued, ensuring they are free from oil, grease, or dust. Rinse with water and dry with a clean rag.

3. Mix the Epoxy Glue

Mix the epoxy glue in a small container by following the manufacturers instructions. Be sure to use the appropriate amount of hardener, and mix well to get a consistent color.

4. Apply the Glue

With the toothpick or popsicle stick, apply the mixed glue evenly to one surface to be glued. Apply enough quantity of the glue to fill the entire crack or joint but not too much to overflow or spill. Align the separated parts of the figure together, apply slight pressure to ensure the two surfaces fit perfectly.

5. Allow the Glue to Cure

Place the figure on a flat surface and allow it to cure for the time recommended by the glue manufacturer. During the curing time, resist the urge to touch the figure.

6. Clean up Excess Glue

Once the glue has cured, use a cotton swab dipped in acetone to clean up any excess glue residue around the cracked or broken area.


With the above steps, you can glue a resin figurine without the need for professional help. Remember to keep safety in mind by following the manufacturers instructions on correct use in handling the glue. If you follow the steps above, your figurine should be as good as new, with no cracks, damage or discoloration. So, the next time your resin figurine breaks, dont toss it out, repair it!

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