Hummel figurines are collectible items. Fashioned after the original drawing of Maria Innocentia Hummel, a German nun; the figurines have been in production since 1935. Hummels stamped by the Goebel Company are those manufactured prior to 2008. Made of ceramic, Hummels are fragile and subject to damage resulting from routine wear and tear and also by accidents such as falls or dropping. Repairing Hummels takes skill and an attention to detail as the figurines are hand-crafted.
Get an updated figure regarding the appraisal value of the Hummel figurine that has been broken. Determine what the current value of the piece is and decide if the piece is being kept for sentimental or investment purposes.
Attempt to repair the Hummel yourself if the figurine or piece is being kept for personal reasons. Understand that repairing the Hummel yourself will lower the value of the item, and the repair will not be as seamless compared to being done by a restoration professional that specializes in Hummels.
Begin the repairing process by using strong glue suitable for ceramic. Place a small amount of the glue on the figurine, using a toothpick. Hold the piece in place until the glue has set. Continue gluing on pieces that have fallen or broken off. Pay attention to excess glue that may leak from under the area being repaired and wipe it away with a clean toothpick as you work.
Repair damage to paint by using a matching color and applying with a fine-arts paint brush or toothpick. Work slowly and carefully. Remove excess paint before it has a chance to dry or set into the ceramic. Do not proceed if the paint colors do not match. Take the figurine in to an arts and crafts store and match the colors to paint available for purchase.
Set the Hummel figurine in a safe location to allow all glue and paint to dry thoroughly. Work in stages and do one section of the piece at a time. Keep reevaluating your work and stop the repair process if you are causing further damage to the piece or the outcome is not to your liking.
Assess the repair job of the Hummel and determine whether or not the outcome is sufficient for your taste and use of the figurine. Contact a master restoration professional that works with Hummels to further repair additional items in your collection. Understand that sending a piece to a professional for repair can be expensive, and the process can be lengthy as the intricate detailing on each piece requires a heightened attention to detail.
Store Hummels in safe locations such as on high shelves or in curio cabinets.
Avoid wide temperature swings when storing Hummels to prevent cracking of both the ceramic and the glazing.