Kintsugi is a Japanese art in which broken ceramics and pottery are fixed with resin and powdered gold dating back to the 15th century. It is the process of taking something that is broken and, to many, now worthless and transforming it into a work of art. It is both beautiful and broken. It became so popular that people were accused of purposely breaking expensive pieces in order to have the coveted repair done.
Step 1: It's also quite expensive...
You can find Kintsugi pieces in auctions. It is very expensive, as the repairs are usually done in real gold and by craftsmen whose talents far exceed mine. So, while we will be making our own Kintsugi pieces, we're going to be doing it on the cheap. On Ebay, this gorgeous Kintsugi piece is going for $250. As much as I'd love to own it, it's a bit beyond my means.
Step 2: Materials Listing
First, I wish this wasn't necessary to point out, but PLEASE don't choose an expensive piece for this project. I suggest shopping for your piece at a thrift shop. Pay close attention to any markings on the bottom of the piece you choose and do a modicum of research to ensure you're not smashing an irreplaceable item.
Now that we have that out of the way:
1. Your ceramics piece. DO NOT choose anything made of clay or glass. You want porcelain or ceramic pieces. Clay or glass won't break well, it will absolutely SHATTER. Save yourself some time and money and make sure you're choosing an appropriate piece.
2. 5 Minute Epoxy (I use Gorilla brand, but there are others that will work similarly).
3. An old pillow case.
4. A small art paint brush.
5. Liquid gold leaf (I used Martha Stewart's brand, which can be found at any craft store).
6. Protective gloves (not pictured).
7. Razor blade or box cutters (not pictured).
8. A disposable plastic container for the glue (not pictured, but you can use the plastic from the front of the glue package).
9. A popsicle or lollipop stick for spreading the glue (not pictured).