Geode Repair Technique
Have you ever owned a pesky Amethyst or Citrine geode that seemed to creak and crack right in front of your eyes? Or later discovered fissures in a matrix rock or mineral that you hadn't noticed earlier? What about that most unfortunate incidence of (dare I say it?) dropping a geode? If any of these situations sound uncomfortably familiar, don't despair - all may not be lost!
Fortunately, there is a way to repair damaged geodes, and it is easier than you might think. This process is also effective with other geodes besides Amethyst and Citrine, including Celestite, agates, or most any rock or mineral surrounded by a matrix rock.
According to a "rock" professional in our area, their staff has repaired many geodes in just this fashion:
- The geode must be carefully glued from the backside.
- A small chisel is used to carefully obtain scrapings from the backside rock matrix (this can be done at home without professional assistance).
- Mix the scrapings with a clear epoxy (Epoxy 330 is one option).
- Glue the two pieces together, keeping the glue off the front crystals. Press pieces firmly together and keep them together overnight for optimum hold.
- Enjoy your handiwork!
If you choose to repaint the backside (most often with Amethyst or Citrine), again, mix a few scrapings with the paint. The rock scrapings will keep the "shine" off the paint (and epoxy). Done correctly, your geode will look just like new!
Please Note: In case of a shipping damage claim, NO REPAIRS SHOULD BE INITIATED UNTIL THE CARRIER INSPECTS THE ITEM AND PACKAGING, AND ISSUES AN OPINION REGARDING REPAIRABILITY OF THE ITEM.