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Tutorial: Kintsugi, the art of repairing dishes in style

Tutorial: Kintsugi, the art of repairing dishes in style


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Kintsugi is an art of Japanese origin which consists in exalting the beauty of broken ceramic pieces. By taking advantage of a visible and ornamental repair, we highlight not only the repaired piece, but also its history or its age. The use of gold powder or silver makes it possible to obtain a result which is certainly imperfect, but also more aesthetic than if the object had been repaired invisibly, or even if it had remained intact. This typically Japanese art of embellishing imperfections also highlights the uniqueness of each piece. If you break an entire set of plates by mistake or after a cleaning scene, you will get all different models after repair! The Kintsugi requires re-gluing the pieces using a mixture of epoxy resin and gold or silver powder. You can assemble the necessary components yourself, or buy a kit from Kintsugi in a specialist shop.

Equipment

- Broken dishes (cup, plate, vase, dish…) - Two-component epoxy resin for ceramic - A few grams of gold powder - A fine brush - Wooden spatulas / sticks - Latex gloves - A plate in plastic

Budget: 30 euros Duration: 1 hour

Steps

1. Put on the gloves and mix the two components of the epoxy resin with a wooden stick or spatula in the disposable plastic plate. Add a little gold powder and mix to obtain a homogeneous paste.

2. Using the spatula, apply a little of this paste to one of the edges of the broken dishes and leave for 1 or 2 minutes.



3. Then weld the other part of the broken crockery element by pressing the two edges firmly against each other for a few minutes.

4. With a fine brush, apply gold powder on the "joint" between the different pieces. The gold will deposit on the still fresh resin. Then gently brush with the brush to polish the gilding, then blow to remove the excess gold powder.

5. Let dry completely for 1 hour. If necessary, use shims (wooden sticks for example) to prevent the golden welds from touching the support during drying.

Finally

All you have to do is expose your repaired treasures! Epoxy resin is not food safe, so items repaired with Kintsugi should only be used for decorative purposes. Hang the plates on the wall or use them as a tidy or fruit bowl, enjoy your coffee in the cups of which only the handles have been repaired and use the others to plant succulents or store your favorite jewelry!

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