Kintsugi Vase: How to Repair Vases (Japanese Style)
Kintsugi Vase - Japanese Golden Repair
Put it this way.
Kintsugi golden cracked vases don’t only look simply beautiful.
They are also a great talking piece.
Even more so, if you explain that you went ahead and created it yourself. See, it’s one thing buying an already cracked vase that’s been Kintsugi’d up by a professional service.
It’s a completely different thing to go ahead and explain that you managed to do it all by yourself.
Give yourself a pat on the back.
You have the right to be smug.
But, how do you actually go ahead and make your own Kintsugi vase.
Well, it’s actually pretty simple.
Just like we’ve shown others, how to perform “golden joinery” and fix everything from:
We thought we’d give you some Kintsugi instructions on how to fix a vase with golden glue.
A great solution for those wanting something a bit fancier with their ceramic repair.
All you need are two things.
Firstly, a broken vase.
You could pick one up from eBay that’s obviously going to be seriously discounted given its condition. Feeling braver, you could always go ahead and ‘knock yours over’ by accident.
Secondly, you’re going to need Kintsugi supplies.
Rather than listing out everything you’d need:
- Golden powder
- A brush
- Lacquer putty
- Mixing stick
We recommend that you just pick up a Japanese gold repair kit.
Once it’s arrived.
It’s time to start making some Wabi Sabi Pottery.
Size Up the Vase
Before, we get right into mixing up the gold lacquer.
You need to set up a good work space. I always find the dining room table usually works best and get everything laid out in front of you.
Make sure you have got some protective gloves too (this comes with the kit as well).
Now, it’s time to take a look at exactly what goes where.
Just like you would a jigsaw puzzle. Basically, you don’t want to end up coating the wrong side of the broken piece or do a piece but not actually know where it’s supposed to end up.
Once you’ve done that.
You want you to get hold of your gold powder.
(It’s probably worth noting now that you can also pick up the kit in a silver finish as well, just traditionally Kintsugi has been gold).
As well as your lacquer putty and then start mixing together.
It’s a good idea right about now to reach for your mixing stick. This is where you are essentially making your golden glue to help you… well… stick things together with.
Put into a little pot and that’s perfect.
Lather it on
Get hold of a broken vase piece.
Layer the golden glue on the side that you plan on attaching to another piece.
Now the trick here is to pay attention as you want to do it accurately, but at the same time, remember that this stuff dries fast.
Get it on.
Attach it in place.
Then hold it there for a couple of minutes.
The bigger the piece, the more glue it’s going to need and the longer you are going to need to hold it together for.
And there you have it.
You’ve fixed your first piece.
Now you’ve started to get the hang of it, you are away. We recommend as your first fix, go for a slightly smaller piece where less glue is required.
Then as you build your confidence you can start to go for the bigger chunks.
Need Help With Your Kintsugi Vase?
Of course, if you need any help -- just reach out and we will be more than happy to help you. Whether you are umming and arring about whether to go ahead and you just want some more clarification on a certain aspect you are unsure about.
Or you are in the middle of the Kintsugi itself and you want some pointers. Get in touch with the Mora Approved (self-proclaimed Kintsugi experts) to see how we can help you.