Meissen porcelain figures are made up of a large number of individual parts as a function of their size. Repairers go over each of them, removing seams, modelling fingernails or curls, and luting them together with the aid of liquid porcelain paste known as “slip”.
Small decorative features such as leaves and flower-heads are completely hand-moulded. Tiny petals are, as it were, modelled with the repairer’s “fingerprint”, the lines on his or her fingers creating the leaves’ veins. Sprigged tendrils or fully sculpted flowers are produced in this way, each of them unique.