I remember reading about kintsugi – the Japanese art of fixing broken ceramic pieces by filling the cracks with gold adhesive. I’ve wanted to try it, but I didn’t want to break something just to try it. So, ‘luckily’ I dropped a bowl. I was sad, but then I remembered kintsugi.
My friend Roberta told me about the kit from Humade. It comes with everything you need to make art out of broken pieces.
First, you mix the epoxy. The glue has somewhat of a strong smell so make sure you’re in a well ventilated area. The red tab on this particular brand serves as a cover for storage; make sure to keep it.
Then you mix some gold powder in the epoxy using the included sticks.
Apply some of the gold glue to the ceramic cracks. Hold the chips in place. I think I used to much glue for this step because it oozed out. You can’t really wipe off the epoxy so apply lightly for this step.
There’s also a clay-like material you can use to fill in any gaps in case you are missing larger ceramic pieces. Then, let it dry for 24-48 hours.
So simple and so beautiful! It’s like I have a new bowl in my collection. I’m so glad this worked because I didn’t want to toss this bowl – it was handmade by a local artist and too pretty. Have you tried kintsugi? Share below!