Minowa Premium Japanese DIY Kintsugi Kit – Ceramic Gold Repair (Inc. Real Gold)
This DIY Kintsugi kit comes straight from Japan and this one comes with normal Urushi lacquers (without low allergenic treatments). Fixing prized and valuable pottery is nothing short of an art form in Japan, and our Kintsugi Repair Kit has everything that you need to fix broken pottery or decorate home accessories. It works well on wood, stone and metal. One kit is enough to decorate 4-7 pottery pieces. Set includes:
- Urushi lacquer (15g x 2); Paint brush (1 piece); Powder removal brush (1 piece); Alternative gold powder (10g); Pure gold powder (0.2g); Plastic spatula; Pure silk cotton; Small plate; Rubber glove; Tonoko powder; Water resistant sand paper #600 (10cm), Japanese and English manual (download here)
NOTE: As Turpentine Oil usually included in our Kintsugi Repair Kit is now prohibited from export from Japan. You can still purchase Turpentine Oil in your local shops in Europe and United States. Thank you for your understanding! Kintsugi Repair Kit items are fixed, no change is accepted. Made in Japan
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About this DIY Kintsugi Repair Kit
This DIY Kintsugi Kit has everything that you need to fix broken pottery. Kintsugi Repair is a form of Japanese art, not just a DIY repair method. Kintsugi (also known as Kintsukuroi) literally translates as “golden joinery”. Kintsugi repair has a long history which was practiced by our ancestors from Edo era (year 1603–).
The technique used is a strong lacquer resin that has been sprinkled with powered gold. With our DIY Kintsugi Kit, you will repair in a traditional method using real Urushi lacquers without any artificial materials like glue. With the Kintsugi Repair Kit, it is possible to effectively repair damaged pottery/porcelain. The resulting repaired pottery will be both visually appealing and durable as well.
The Japanese have been using lacquering techniques for approximately 9,000 years, and this skill and art form is still valued to this day. Try it for yourself, and you will discover that Kintsugi can be both relaxing and rewarding. With this kit, you can repair dozens of broken potteries, or break them on purpose just to decorate them! Now with our easy-to-read English instruction manual, anyone can make beautiful kintsugi-art! Urushi lacquer is heatproof up to 100 to 120 Celsius.
Caution: Urushi lacquer is actually the sap of a tree that grows in East Asia. It is a natural substance that forms a clear, hard and waterproof surface when dried properly. Although Urushi contains a compound that can cause a reaction similar to poison ivy, proper handling (gloves and long-sleeve shirt), and working in a well-ventilated area will generally prevent an allergic reaction. Japana will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to Urushi. How to Kintsugi: DYI tutorial
About the art of Kintsugi
The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects, especially porcelain are not something to hide but to display with pride and we wanted to remind that to everyone.
When a bowl, teapot or precious vase falls and breaks into a thousand pieces, we throw them away angrily and regretfully. Yet there is an alternative, a Japanese practice that highlights and enhances the breaks thus adding value to the broken object. It’s called kintsugi (金継ぎ), or kintsukuroi (金繕い), literally golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”).
This traditional Japanese art uses a precious metal – liquid gold, liquid silver or lacquer dusted with powdered gold – to bring together the pieces of a broken pottery item and at the same time to enhance the breaks. The technique consists of joining fragments of porcelain and giving them a new, more refined aspect. Every repaired piece is unique, because of the randomness with which ceramics shatters and the irregular patterns formed that are enhanced with the use of metals.
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In this how to guide, we are going to go through this form of Japanese pottery repair step by step. All you really need to do is pick up the kintsukuroi kit and this will provide you with everything you need to get going (except of course the broken mug or pot).
That said before you start we also recommend that you approach mending pottery and ceramics one at a time and that you also wear some form of protective gloves too (these come with the kit).https://www.youtube.com/embed/UWa_MyLpZfQ
Now, you’re going to need a broken pot. Whether that’s your favourite mug or bowl that you have been saving or you ‘accidentally on purpose’ break something. If it is the latter, make sure you do it safely. Out of the way, in a bag and tea towel. A drop from head height should do the trick.
The next step requires you to start fitting those pieces together again. Just a general idea is fine, you don’t have to go balancing bits on one another. You just want to know what goes where and when really – an outline of where you need to apply the Kintsugi glue.
Now go ahead and reach for your DIY kit and supplies. You’re going to start to mix the Japanese gold repair powder together with the epoxy putty and use a stick to start applying it slowly to the edges of your broken pieces.
Now, before the Kintsugi epoxy starts to dry out, press the two pieces together and firmly hold them. The general idea is that you do them one a time for each break. You might be quite surprised just how fast it starts to dry out. So be a little hasty.
You will see that there are a few different looks to Kintsugi, you’ve got the classic smooth and thicker blend. Here’s how to repair broken pottery and achieve that look.
- Smooth Finish:
It’s quite a tricky technique, so be a bit cautious as to just how much you take away, as you don’t want it popping out of place. Then brush it over with your brush.
- Bulging Thicker Finish:
It’s a more simple finish to accomplish. Simply apply more lacquer, wait for it to set a bit longer. Don’t overly neaten it up. If you do have any questions, please be sure just to get in touch.For detailed instructions for How to Kintsugi in Japanese and English check out this DYI tutorial.
That's all you need to know! Have fun with your Kintsugi Repair Kit, and share your results with #myJapana !