A great way to fix your cups, plates and crockery broken!

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

This typically Japanese art of embellishing the imperfections also allows to highlight the uniqueness of each piece. If you break an entire department of plates by mistake or as a result of a domestic fight, you get all different models after repair!

The Kintsugi requires picking up the pieces using a mixture of epoxy resin and gold or silver dust. You can even raise the necessary components or purchase a kit to Kintsugi specialty store.

Tuto Kintsugi
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Equipment

- The broken dishes (cup, plate, vase, dish ...)

- Epoxy resin bicomponent ceramic

- A few grams of gold powder

- A fine brush

- Spatulas / wooden sticks

- Latex gloves

- A plastic plate

Kintsugi Supplies
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Budget : 30 euros

duration : 1 hour

Steps

1. Put on gloves and mix the two components of the epoxy resin with a stick or a wooden spatula in the disposable plastic plate. Add some gold powder and mix to a smooth paste.

Epoxy resin powder dishwashing gold
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2. Using a spatula, apply some of this paste on one of the edges of the broken dishes and leave on for 1 or 2 minutes.

Epoxy resin repair gold dishes
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Kintsugi repair dishes cassee
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3. Solder then the other part of the piece of tableware off by firmly pressing the two edges against one another for a few minutes.

Weld dishes cassee
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4. With a fine brush, apply the gold dust on "joint" between the different pieces. The gold will be deposited on the still fresh resin. Brush then gently with the brush to polish the gilding, then blow off the excess of gold dust.

dishes gold powder brush
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5. Allow to dry thoroughly for 1 hour. If necessary, use shims (wooden sticks for example) to avoid the golden welds affect the carrier during drying.

Tuto dishwasher repaired Kintsugi
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Finally

It remains for you to display your treasures repaired! The epoxy resin is not food, also objects repaired through Kintsugi should be used only for decorative purposes. Hang the plates on the wall or use them as storage compartment or fruit bowl, enjoy your coffee in the cups which only handles were repaired and use the other to plant succulents or storing your favorite jewelry!

How to repair chipped cup tutorial
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