Kintsugi is a Japanese craft I recently came across that both repairs and beautifies broken objects using gold leaf. By accentuating the break rather than hiding it, kintsugi honors the history of the object. What a refreshingly postive take on breakage! While the traditional method requires some major know-how, my updated take will have your broken ceramics looking better than ever in no time. Ready to get started? Keep reading for my step-by-step instructions.
To get started, mix a quarter-size amount of epoxy on a disposable surface like a paper plate or a scrap of cardboard. Next add a pea-size amount of mica powder to the epoxy, and mix thoroughly. I like to use the end of a matchstick for this.
Glue and Stick
Next, use a fresh matchstick to apply a superthin amount of epoxy to one of the broken edges of your piece. Then align the broken pieces and press them together so that the gold glue seeps out in a fine line along the crack. Work in sections if you have a more complicated break. Let the piece dry according to the instructions on the epoxy. The glue sets pretty fast, but it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on the pieces as they dry so that you can nudge them back into place if they slip.
Voilà! Good as (or better than?) new!
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Photos by Manuel Rodriguez