Kintsugi Repair is a form of Japanese art, not just a DIY repair method. Kintsugi (also known as Kintsukuroi) literally translates as “golden joinery”. Kintsugi repair has a long history which was practiced by our ancestors from Edo era (year 1603–). To repair broken ceramics easy and fast, we recommend to use epoxy adhesives instead. You will repair in a traditional method using real Urushi lacquers, without using an artificial glue.
The technique used a strong lacquer resin that has been sprinkled with powered gold. With our kit, you will repair in a traditional method using real Urushi lacquers without any artificial materials. The resulting repaired pottery will be both visually appealing and durable as well. The Japanese have been using lacquering techniques for approximately 9,000 years, and this skill and art form is still valued to this day. With this kit, you can repair dozens of broken potteries (or break them on purpose just to decorate them 😉
Kintsugi (also known as Kintsukuroi) literally translates as “golden joinery.” Fixing prized and valuable pottery/porcelain is nothing short of an art form in Japan, and the Kintsugi Repair Kit has everything that you need to fix broken pottery. The technique used a strong lacquer resin that has been sprinkled with powered gold. With our kit, you will repair in a traditional method using real urushi lacquers without any artificial materials! With the Kintsugi Repair Kit, it is possible to effectively repair damaged pottery/porcelain. The resulting repaired pottery/porcelain will be both visually appealing and durable as well. The Japanese have been using lacquering techniques for approximately 9,000 years, and this skill and art form is still valued to this day. Try it for yourself, and you will discover that Kintsugi can be both relaxing and rewarding. With this kit, you can repair lots of broken potteries/porcelains! Now with our easy-to-read English instruction manual, anyone can make beautiful kintsugi-art! Urushi lacquer is heatproof up to 100 to 120 Celsius.
Caution: Urushi lacquer is actually the sap of a tree that grows in East Asia. It is a natural substance that forms a clear, hard and waterproof surface when dried properly. Although Urushi contains a compound that can cause a reaction similar to poison ivy, proper handling (gloves and long-sleeve shirt), and working in a well-ventilated area will generally prevent an allergic reaction. Japana will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to Urushi.
How to Do Kintsugi Repair Guide – 3 Step Tutorial
The practice of Kintsugi is a reflection of the Japanese Wabi Sabi principal (originally derived from traditional Buddhist teachings), to celebrate and admire imperfections within objects, and as mentioned, involves the repair of broken pottery and ceramics. Traditionally it comes with gold glue (but we also supply a silver one) to glorify the breakages.
In this how to guide, we are going to go through this form of Japanese pottery repair step by step. All you really need to do is pick up the kintsukuroi kit and this will provide you with everything you need to get going (except of course the broken mug or pot).
That said before you start we also recommend that you approach mending pottery and ceramics one at a time and that you also wear some form of protective gloves too (these come with the kit).
Step One. Now, you’re going to need a broken pot. Whether that’s your favourite mug or bowl that you have been saving or you ‘accidentally on purpose’ break something. If it is the latter, make sure you do it safely. Out of the way, in a bag and tea towel. A drop from head height should do the trick.
Step Two. The next step involves you to start fitting those pieces together again. Just a general idea is fine, you don’t have to go balancing bits on one another. You just want to know what goes where and when really – an outline of where you need to apply the Kintsugi glue.
Step Three. Now go ahead and reach for your DIY kit and supplies. You’re going to start to mix the Japanese gold repair powder together with the epoxy putty and use a stick to start applying it slowly to the edges of your broken pieces.
Now, before the Kintsugi epoxy starts to dry out, press the two pieces together and firmly hold them. The general idea is that you do them one a time for each break. You might be quite surprised just how fast it starts to dry out. So be a little hasty.
You will see that there are a few different looks to Kintsugi, you’ve got the classic smooth and thicker blend. Here’s how to repair broken pottery and achieve that look.
Smooth Finish: You will see that there a range of pots, vases, and ceramics finished with what’s known as the smooth look. To achieve this appearance you want to get a scalpel of some kind to help you scrape away the thicker bulging parts of the lacquer.
It’s quite a tricky technique, so be a bit cautious as to just how much you take away, as you don’t want it popping out of place. Then brush it over with your brush.
Bulging Thicker Finish: It’s a more simple finish to accomplish. Simply apply more lacquer, wait for it to set a bit longer. Don’t overly neaten it up. If you do have any questions, please be sure just to get in touch.
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