Kintsugi Bowls: Japanese Broken Bowl - How to Fix it Yourself
Before you go ahead and look for a Kintusgi bowl for sale, so you can buy it and let it take pride place in your home.
Have you thought about going ahead and fixing one up yourself?
Why would you want to?
Firstly, it’s much more cost effective.
Secondly, you always appreciate something more than you have gone ahead and done yourself.
Third, as we always say, Kintsugi itself makes for a fantastic talking point to anyone who points it out. It’s even better when you get to drop in that you actually went ahead and fixed up the bowl yourself.
If these 3 things, all sound good to you.
Then great, stick around (pun intended).
Make yourself a cuppa your favourite brew.
And we’ll detail exactly - in this step by step guide to Kintusgi on how you can create your own Kintsugi bowl.
All you need is the following three things.
Room to work.
Literally, a dining room table, a living room floor will do the job.
A broken bowl.
This could be one you ‘create’ yourself with an existing good bowl.
Or simply get a bowl you like the look of online.
That you think would look good with some gold cracks going through it.
A repair kit.
We highly recommend the Humade Kintsugi Repair kit.
It has literally everything you could possibly need to get started with Kintsugi.
All the Kintsugi gold powder supplies, the lacquer, epoxy powder. Even stirring sticks, gloves and more.
Now on to Kintsugi-ing the Broken Bowl
Set out everything in front of you.
Basically, open up the Kintsugi repair kit and arrange all the bits and pieces clearly in front of you.
This also means displaying the bits and pieces of the broken bowl too.
Just like you would with a jigsaw puzzle
Get all the pieces of the bowl in front of you.
Then arrange them where you need to fix up the entire bowl again. This is basically just to get an understanding of a step by step, map of action going forward.
You know what piece goes where next.
What you don’t want to happen, is gluing up the wrong side by accident.
Now you have got everything laid out and you know which piece goes where.
It’s time to start mixing up the golden glue.
All you have to do here.
Reach for the golden powder and the epoxy.
Then start mixing the two together create a good consistency. That performs just like a glue actually would.
You need it runny enough to be easily layered on to the edge of a broken piece.
Now that you have got the piece ready and you know which edge you are going to apply the glue to.
You can simply start.
Carefully lay it on the broken edge -- and then attach it to the side.
Hold it in place for a good few minutes, as it dries out.
It’s quite fast drying, so make sure you apply on the golden lacquer hastily. Then with a knife, you can just cut off the excess if you wanted a smoother look.
This basically just comes down to personal preference at that stage.
The final step.
Well, it is really just a case of repeating the above steps until you are finished.
Repeat step four all the way to fully fixing the bowl untill you are done.
Then, of course, it’s all just about a well-deserved pat on the back.
It’s not just bowls that Kintsugi is useful for.
Check out our other guides on how we managed to fix a plate (granted, not a massive leap there), a coffee mug, a gardening pot and much, much more.
See Kintsugi is more than just fixing things and making them look pretty in Gold.
There’s a deeper philosophy to it.
It’s meant to be the act of Wabi Sabi.
Admiring imperfections rather than casting judgment on them.
It’s to promote the history of an object rather than seeing it as something that needs replacing. Revitalise your ceramic pottery with this fantastic art.
If you have gone ahead and tried fixing up a bowl yourself. Let us know how you got on. We’d love to see some pictures of your Kintsugi bowl.
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns and we’d be more than happy to help you.