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.
<p>Kintsugi art gallery - some additional ideas: http://lakesidepottery.com/Pages/kintsugi-pottery-gallery-for-sale.htm</p>
<p>Thanks for this, I'll be using these instructions to mend a lovely wall-hanging planter that I managed to smash. One suggestion though - the idea of Kintsugi is to preserve much loved items that have been accidentally broken - it seems a little against the spirit of things to intentionally break an item in order to repair it!</p>
You can also get the kit here, ready to go! https://www.moraapproved.com/products/humade-the-new-kintsugi-diy-repair-kit
<p>I've been wanting to do this, and I found a material that seems perfect -- it is essentially gold epoxy. A bit expensive, but not outrageously. My first attempt came out OK -- I bet someone who was better at this could get great results. It is a little hard to work with -- it doesn't stick at first, be once it cures it seems solid.</p><p>http://www.artbeads.com/9030-gld20.html (You can buy it is bigger amounts, too.)</p>
<p>Nice Instructable.</p><p>Just a thought: have you ever experimented and mixed the gold leaf into the epoxy, so as to turn it into a 'gold glue' and thus potentially make the trimming and painting steps into one?</p>
<p>I was wondering the same, this piece looks good from the picture, though I imagine you would be able to see evidence of strokes that may distract rather than compliment the piece. I'm looking to try my hand at a faux kintsugi as well and wondered if anyone else has put it right into the epoxy?</p>
Hi, Perhaps you may consider using more epoxy so that when it squeezes out during the mending process, it creates a hump over the break line. When painted with gold, it will then hide the repair traces (missing fragments, repair lines cavities, etc.) and will look more organic. <a href="http://www.lakesidepottery.com/Pages/kintsugi-repairing-ceramic-with-gold-and-lacquer-better-than-new.htm" rel="nofollow">More about the process of Kintzugi</a>
I've always wondered about this process. <br> <br>FYI, porcelain=ceramic=clay. Ceramic refers to fired clay, and porcelain is a type clay.
Ahhh that makes sense. When I refer to clay, I mean the pottery that is brown and feels chalky (if that makes sense). It's typically found in planters, but recently, a pretty jug I bought was made from it and painted over. I believe what I'm thinking of is terra cotta, but I could be wrong.
Clay generally comes in three categories; earthenware (like terra cotta), stoneware, and porcelain. These categories are based on ingredients and firing temperatures, and there are many variations. I occasionally work at a facility that produces more than twenty types of clay for art use, some with only three ingredients, and some with a dozen or more. It is fairly fascinating, and here is a link:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.archiebray.org/clay_business/clay_business.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.archiebray.org/clay_business/clay_business.html</a>
Thank you so much! This is awesome information. I haven't really done anything with clay since I took pottery in high school. I really appreciate this!
just googled Kintsugi, i really liked them. You did really good job, i think l'll try my hand at this.
Love this as a way to turn old family broken pieces into modern works of art. :-) Thank you so much for posting this.
close enough. lol :/
Fair enough, but this was the only piece I found for sale, which is why I posted it. If you google search kintsugi, you'll find that most pieces are not as understated as the EBay screen grab I posted :)

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