Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Repair, Restoration, Parts, Cleaning missing clappers in small pordelain bells

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    • #24147
      Bellophile
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      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?

    • #24373
      Garry
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      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!

      Garry

      • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by Garry.
    • #24396
      Bellophile
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      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

    • #24397
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      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!

      Good luck!

    • #24400
      Garry
      Participant

      Additional note:

      I see that Amazon carries the putty too!

      Garry

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