Humade Golden Japanese Ceramic & Pottery DIY Kintsugi Repair Kit
Why Hide the Cracks When You Can Make Them Beautiful with the Golden Pottery Repair Kit?
The Ancient Japanese Art of Kintsugi (Japanese Gold Repair)
What does Kintsugi mean? It literally translates to “golden joinery”, and is all about turning ugly breaks and broken pottery into beautiful fixes - proposing that repair can make things better than new. The art of fixing and repairing broken pottery with gold. Essentially making Kintsugi art from the Kintsugi repair kit. It derives from the teachings of the original Wabi Sabi, the art of acceptance and appreciation in imperfections.
How Does the Humade Kintsugi Repair Kit Work?
You are provided with an instructional manual to learn how to carry Kintsugi out, essentially mending damaged pottery with gold through filling in the cracks (we've gone ahead and made our instructions guide too). In the kit, you'll be provided with a gold powder is mixed with an adhesive to create a gold lacquer repair glue (this is known as Japanese urushi lacquers) that aids with the repair.
Then you simply use the gold adhesive to fix the cracks and/or breaks for porcelain, glass, ceramics, and pottery. Then wait a good 48 plus hours for the adhesive to set and your previously-broken piece is ready to use again. We recommend though, to retain the gold color it is not advised to place items that have just gone under repair in the dishwasher.
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- Instructional Manual Guide - How to Glue Broken Pottery
- Bison Epoxy Fast Fixing Gold Glue 24ml
- Bison Epoxy Putty
- Gold powder
- Gloves Included
- Mixing Stick tool
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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 favorite 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.