Repair Broken Strands in the Body
The technique for replacing a missing or broken strand of caning in the body of a wicker piece is similar to that described above. Soak a length of wicker strand in water for about 30 minutes. With a utility knife, cut off any protruding ends of the old strand (Image 1), and if possible, glue the end to the underside of an intersecting piece of cane.
Once the new strand has softened, cut off a section slightly longer than the length of the piece being replaced. Place a small amount of glue inside the woven strands. Tuck one end into the woven wicker, next to the broken strand, and begin weaving the new piece in the same pattern as the old (Image 2), using a pair of needle-nose pliers to assist if necessary. Once the new strand is in place, cut off any excess, and tuck the end underneath an intersecting piece.