This delicate dancer is, ironically, cast iron.  She broke, as many figurines do, at the weakest, thinnest point, which can be something of a challenge to repair.  We aimed to put it back together stronger than it was originally so that this will not happen again.  Sometimes such pieces can be soldered or welded, but cast iron is not suitable for either – so we elected to install a thick 3/16” bolt going 2” up the leg. We left the head on the bolt, on the inside of the base, as security, since the surface of the base was only ¼” thick.  The length of the vertical bolt was still sufficient to take it into a thicker part of the calf, so we feel that the piece is now quite strong.

 

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