missing clappers in small pordelain bells
January 25, 2016 at 9:07 pm #24147BellophileParticipant
I recently acquired several beautiful small porcelain bells (one of the Lenox) that lacked clappers. Do any of you know where I can either find a replacement clapper for each, or locate someone to make replacements? One suggestion I got was to approach a jeweler or watch repair person, as they work with small, fine elements, such as beads and loops. Anyone have any success with this route or do you have other suggestions?
March 2, 2016 at 5:18 pm #24373GarryParticipant
Do you have a photo of the inside of the bells?
Typically porcelain clappers are one of two common styles.
One attaches to a loop that was formed inside the bell, using a string or a small chain, and is a bead or molded lump of the porcelain clay on the end.
The other is ‘glued’ (or screwed into) the top and usually is a chain with a bead on the end.
If it’s got a tie spot, it’s easy for you to go to a flea market / rummage sale and pick up a nice necklace or similar beaded item to get your clapper from. You might even find an old broken bell with one you can recover! Either use a nice little chain or a small piece of nylon string and you should be golden.
If it is a ‘glued’ piece, I’d do the same thing for the parts, but also pick up what is called “The Museum Putty” It’s a blended rubber compound used by museums to repair and to hold down exhibits. It doesn’t stain and can be removed cleanly later if wanted.
You would have to order it on line or get it from your local jeweler.
Hey, put up some photos of your finished result! We would like to see it!
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March 3, 2016 at 2:21 am #24396BellophileParticipant
THANK YOU, GARRY, SO MUCH. I WILL TRY YOUR SUGGESTONS AND LET YOU KKNOW HOW THEY WORK OUT. DP YOU THINK A JEWELER COULD HELP? MICHELLE
March 3, 2016 at 2:38 am #24397Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
You can often find Museum Putty in antique stores. It is usually found with the “accessories” such as plate holders, plastic display shelves, archival quality bags, different kinds of polishes, little zip-lock bags for coins, etc.
Probably a jeweler could help you replace the clapper but expect that you would have to pay him. Unless you have unsteady hands, you probably can do it yourself. You can find chains, glass beads, and nylon thread or string in crafts stores such as A.C. Moore and Michael’s.
You might also ask someone at an ABA Chapter Meeting to help you replace the clapper!
March 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm #24400GarryParticipant
I see that Amazon carries the putty too!
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