Repairing Broken Ceramics

About: Too much wood, too little time.

We've all been there, your significant other is yelling, you're mad; you throw a plate... it feels good... you throw another, the fight continues. In the aftermath, shattered on the floor lies your marriage, I mean plates. which completely unrelated to these ceramics you can't fix anymore Joann!

The Japanese, unlike your ex girlfriend, thought that everything broken was still beautiful, and they fixed plenty of pottery in such a way that really makes you believe it. This art is called Kintsugi and it was done by preparing the cracks of broken pottery with gold. Because college is rough we're going to use something even classier. Plastics. Boom BAby NeXt sTEp Lets GO!

Step 1: No, You Don't Need Gold

To get this going you're going to need epoxy. I use, and prefer, Alumilite to most epoxy's because of how clear it dries. Epoxy is really good at putting things back together as long as it isn't your family, and this is what we'll use to get our ceramics presentable again.

Also no joke men, get a bunch of dish soap handy because I thought I knew how to handle sticky substances, but boy was I wrong. Rubbing alcohol, same thing, total godsend for this situation.

Step 2: Pick Up Your Mess

You can stop crying now Joann, Peter isn't coming back, so go grab your plates and put all the big pieces together. Put small bits of tape on the cracks to temporarily hold them together.

Step 3: Becoming a Bartender

You're gonna want equal parts of hardener, resin, and whiskey. It's been a long day. Combine the resin and hardener and shotgun that whiskey. Every epoxy has a different set time but they all basically ask to be stirred until all bubbles are gone (give or take 3 minutes).

Mimicking the great color of gold, I'm going to add some blue. Think food coloring for epoxy's. These small bottles come in so many colors, there's definitely a gold somewhere.

Step 4: Pouring the Epoxy

Start with the underside / less visible surface and drag the epoxy around to cover as much of the cracks as you can. about 30 minutes later flip that sucker over and put a very thin layer on the front side cracks.

Take off tape where necessary, while at the same time adding tape to keep structural integrity.

It's going to get super messy too; I used aluminum foil to keep my counters clean. I dunno you're creative, if you weren't you'd have left to Pinterest already. Actually Joann, you may as well go to Pinterest, here's a link, you gotta wait 5 hours for the next step anyway.

Step 5: Larger Gaps

I used a plastic knife and forced gobs of the stuff into the larger cracks, I think a toothpick would work better but eh. What's important here is that the epoxy is flush and flat. On the next step you'll clean up any extra epoxy.

Step 6: Cleaning Time

Using the rubbing alcohol gently wipe with a paper towel around the cracks as much as possible. The alcohol will quickly dissolve the unset epoxy and loosen the bonds. However, it's the best way to clean dirty spots that you may have clumsily placed on your ceramics.

Clean in sections and wash your hands in between you may accidentally dirty up a region which you just have cleaned, not speaking from experience, that's a rookie mistake obviously.

Step 7: I Didn't Think This Would Actually Turn Out Good.

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    Waldemar Sha

    2 months ago

    I've been throwing fragile kitchenware out of anger. If I'd decided to put them back together with epoxy resin it would rather become ceramic infused resin bowl Peter Brown style. That thing you're showing was rather passively-aggressively dropped... There's no passion between Peter and Joann.
    BTW it was Japanese, not the Chinese; it's even clearly said in the article link to which you've provided.

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    Yeah that marriage is a lie. To be fair I didn't read the article i was just looking for the name, however thank you, I'll go fix that right now. that Peter Brown art is actually much cooler than mine, I think maybe next time I'll try that approach. (ohh! I've read your stuff before! I really liked your 20 year old hammer post.)