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Kintsugi How To Lesson: Japanese Gold Pottery Repair Steps




Broken Ceramic Repair Lessons
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Fixing broken plate lesson - basic lesson
Cementing only lesson
Fixing chipped Italian platter lesson step-by-step lesson
Chipped pottery repair lesson
Fixing broken vase - more complex repair
Restore vase lesson
How to Replace Stoneware Crock's rim using the potter's wheel
How to replace Stoneware crock's rim
Cementing, filling, coloring and glazing broken antique plate
Restore plate lesson including coloring instructions
How to repair crack in ceramic
How to fix ceramic crack
Restoring multi breaks and missing piece antique bowl
Restore bowl lesson w/ missing pieces
Cybis Arion Boy on Dolphin - Repair Broken and Missing Finger
Miniature repair w/ missing finger - instructions
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Instructions of making missing part w/ fired clay
Repairing broken stone sculptures and statues
Repairing broken stone sculpture
Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp
Plaster lamp repair w/ missing parts
How to paint broken china, ceramic or pottery?
Instructions for painting pottery after repair
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces
Restoring small porcelain figurines - shoe
Miniature Porcelain

Learn Kintsugi - How To Repair Broken Pottery With Gold

At our studio, we restore hundreds of pottery objects every year implementing the ancient art of ceramic repair, Japanese Kintsugi art (sometimes called Kintsukuroi), using gold and lacquer or our proprietary developed process and materials with gold effect metals and encapsulating epoxy. This lesson is intended to a) show the two different Kintsugi art implementations methods and b) for one to learn how it is done; it is not a DIY lesson. We do not sell materials - so sorry!

Most of our Kintsugi work is not real gold and uses instead a blend of brass, copper and zinc creating a durable realistic gold effect. We developed this process of the gold effect due to the high demand for the lower cost product. Our customers are extremely pleased with this lower cost option due to its beauty and because it is virtually indistinguishable from real gold. Real gold is available upon request.

The lesson below will help you learn some of the highlights and some steps of both processes, traditional Japanese Kintsugi and the Kintsugi effect. See more examples

VIDEO: Kintsugi lesson and instructions

Kintsugi Gold Repair Process Step-By-Step Instructions

Breaking vessels require some practice to insure the break is just right with aesthetically pleasing shapes
Broken pottery can happen due to an accident or can be broken on purpose.

Broken pottery can happen due to an accident of broken on purpose
Breaking vessels requires some practice to insure the break is just right with aesthetically pleasing shapes
Cement broken pieces using two part 5-minutes epoxy
Cement broken pieces using two part 5-minute epoxy Learn more details in the cementing "How to" lesson and instructions

Mix epoxy well with a pin tool, paper clip or a wooden stick.
Mix epoxy well with a pin tool, paper clip or a wooden stick.
Apply epoxy mix to one side using a pintool
Apply epoxy mix to one side using a pintool or a wooden stick. Use only enough adhesive to cover the edge. Too little will leave gaps, resulting in a weak repair


Place broken piece over the epoxy.
Place broken pieces together. Important: You have only about 60-90 seconds from start of epoxy mixing to complete the broken piece permanent placement before the epoxy becomes gummy and not workable

Quickly join the pieces together while applying light pressure to squeeze extra epoxy out.
Quickly join the pieces together while applying light pressure to squeeze extra epoxy out.
Verify that pieces can stay steady during the cure
Verify that pieces can stay steady during the curing period (let it cure at 75 degrees F or warmer). Let the epoxy cure for 60 or more minutes before removing excess cured epoxy with a blade

Scrape off excess epoxy and wipe all surfaces
Scrape off excess epoxy and wipe all surfaces with 91% alcohol to remove dust and hand oils prior to applying filler epoxy

Mix even parts of PC-11 epoxy filler
Mix even parts of PC-11 epoxy filler. For ease of application, work in room temperature of 75 degrees F or warmer.

Apply thin layer of filler while pushing in to fill cracks and missing fragments
Apply thin layer of filler while pushing in to fill cracks and missing fragments

Saturate rag with 91% alcohol
Saturate rag with 91% alcohol
Use the rag and alcohol and rub off the PC-11 filler epoxy from surfaces
Use the rag and alcohol and rub off the PC-11 filler epoxy from surfaces. Be careful not to remove too much PC-11 especially from the gaps.

Allow filler epoxy to cure for 12 hours or more at a temperature of 7
Allow filler epoxy to cure for 12 hours or more at a temperature of 75 degrees F or warmer.

Traditional Japanese Kintsugi Application Lesson Using Real Gold Over Lacquer

Kintsugi metals - real gold and metal alloyed creating a realistic and durable gold effect
Kintsugi metals - real gold and metal alloy creating a realistic and durable gold effect

Lacquer to be used with the real gold traditional Kintsugi application
Lacquer to be used with the real gold traditional Kintsugi application

Apply lacquer with thin brush over the repair line in the desired thickness
Apply lacquer with thin brush over the repair line in the desired thickness

Apply lacquer with thin brush over the repair line in the desired thickness
Allow the lacquer to get a bit tacky before applying the gold powder

Place bowl over folder paper to collect the excess gold powder
Place bowl over folder paper to collect the excess gold powder

Use very soft brush to apply the gold powder over the lacquer
Use very soft brush to apply the gold powder over the lacquer

Wait until the lacquer hardness and brush off excess gold powder
Wait until the lacquer hardness and brush off excess gold powder

Wait until the lacquer hardness and brush off excess gold powder
Pour the fallen off gold powder in to the container


Gold lines ready for burnishing
Gold lines ready for burnishing

Use soft cotton cloth to burnish the gold applied over the lacquer
Use soft cotton cloth to burnish the gold applied over the lacquer

Kintsugi Application Lesson Using Metal Alloyed Powder with Gold Effect

Encapsulating two part non-yellowing epoxy
Encapsulating two part non-yellowing epoxy

Place even amount of epoxy on a pad
Place even amount of epoxy on a pad

Apply about 35% metal alloy (consists of brass, copper and zinc)
Apply about 35% metal alloy gold effect (consists of brass, copper and zinc)

Mix well
Mix gold effect metals well

Use a sharp tool to carry the gold effect
Use a sharp tool to carry the gold effect

Apply the desired width and thickness over the repair lines
Apply the desired width and thickness over the repair lines

Allow to cure before handling
Allow to cure before handling

Finished kintsugi bowl ready to placed in our online Kintsugi gallery
Finished Japanese kintsugi bowl ready to placed in our online Kintsukuroi gallery

Kintsugi bowl ready for shipment
Kintsugi bowl ready for shipment

IMPORTANT: Kintsugi repair materials are not intended to be used with liquid or heat over 190 degree F and repaired items should not be used on cooking or food serving ware.


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