Kintsugi, the art of repairing dishes in style

A beautiful way to repair your cups, plates and broken dishes!

Kintsugi is an art of Japanese origin that exalts the beauty of broken ceramic pieces. By taking advantage of a visible and ornamental repair, not only the repaired part is highlighted, but also its history or seniority. The use of gold powder or silver provides a result certainly imperfect, but also more aesthetic than if the object had been repaired invisibly, or even if it had remained intact.

This typically Japanese art of embellishing imperfections also highlights the singularity of each piece. If you break a whole plate service by clumsiness or at the end of a household scene, you will get all different models after repair!

Kintsugi requires the pieces to be glued together with a mixture of epoxy resin and gold or silver powder. You can gather the necessary components yourself, or buy a kit in Kintsugi in a specialized shop. 
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The equipment

– Broken dishes (cup, plate, vase, dish …)
– Bicomponent epoxy resin for ceramics
– A few grams of gold powder
– A fine brush
– Wooden spatulas / sticks
– Latex gloves
– A plastic plate 
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Budget: $40 USD
Duration: 1 hour 

Steps

1. Put on the gloves and mix the two components of the epoxy resin with a wooden stick or spatula in the disposable plastic plate. Add a little gold powder and mix to obtain a homogeneous paste. 
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2. Using the spatula, apply a little of this paste on one edge of the broken dishes and leave for 1 or 2 minutes.
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3. Then, weld the other part of the broken crockery item by firmly pressing the two edges against each other for a few minutes.
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4. With a thin brush, apply gold powder to the “seal” between the pieces. Gold will settle on the still fresh resin. Brush gently with the brush to polish the gilding, then blow to remove excess gold powder.
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5. Let it dry completely for 1 hour. If necessary, use wedges (wooden sticks for example) to prevent the gold welds from touching the support during drying.
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In the end

All you have to do is expose your repaired treasures! The epoxy resin is not food, so objects repaired through the Kintsugi should be used only for decorative purposes.Hang the plates on the wall or use them as an empty pocket or fruit bowl, enjoy your coffee in cups with only the handles repaired and use the others to plant succulents or store your favorite jewelry!
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