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Patching prewoven cane
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:10pm

If the cane is not brittle or 100 years old, you should be able to patch a small hole. I'll overweave all the step 1's, and weave several intersections past the hole, then the step 2's, the 3's and then the 4's. Then the diagonals, step 5 and then step 6. Each time going several intersections past the hole. I find that being systematic saves time in the end. you could mix up the orders of #1-4 but save the diagonals untill after the grid is spliced. Do be consistent in keeping the new strands either on top of the old ones or beneath - try not to mix that up. For the most common weave (1/2") use fine for the splicing. Make sure the new cane is wet. Just lightly dampen the old cane. Too much water on the back of these older pieces sometimes destroys the cane. Maybe try oiling the old panel instead of getting it very wet.
Once you get going, splicing isn't that much harder than just weaving. But you have to pay attention. As mentioned in another comment, matching the color is next to impossible. I mix several colors of acrylic paint to get as close to a match as I'm able and dab that on the patched area, let it partially dry, then wipe and dab it so it doesn't look so fresh. Once I'm happy I'll hit the painted area with a light spray of clear lacquer.

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    • Pressed Cane Patches gm.hefley, Sat Jul 14 7:39am
      Sir, I have patched pressed cane with the understanding that color matching the patch to the original cane is next to impossible. I use hide glue to attach the patch and then attempt color match with ... more
    • pressed cae patches Patti Erickson, Sat Jul 14 6:10am
      Hi Jay, I've never had any luck patching. The hole always just gets bigger and bigger! I always tell my customers it's all or nothing. I guess you could try patching and let the customer know if it... more
      • Re: pressed cae patches Cathryn Peters, Sat Jul 14 2:46pm
        Jay, If the tear is that small, would there be any way your customer could just throw a shawl over it or cover with a pillow perhaps? As the others have stated, patching can be very difficult at... more
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