How Is Kintsugi Implemented In Our Studio? Real Gold and Gold Effect Processes
We restore ceramic objects implementing the Japanese art of Kintsugi. We use 23.5 Karat gold with lacquer or our proprietary developed process with Gold Effect metals that has the appearance almost indistinguishable from real gold at lower cost. This lesson is intended to show the difference between the two Kintsugi methods and how it is done.
About half of our Kintsugi work is with 23.5 Karat gold and the half uses our proprietary Gold Effect process made with a blend of brass, copper and zinc.
* We do not sell our proprietary Kintsugi materials
This lesson shows only the highlights of the processes and is not a DIY lesson
Kintsugi Gold Repair Process Instructions
This tutorial demonstrates the main steps of our Kintsugi process. The presentation is intended to provide only a general idea of Lakeside Pottery's two Kintsugi methods and is not a precise instruction for a DIY
Broken pottery can happen due to an accident or can be broken on purpose.
Breaking a Vessel Example The breaking methods we use are different depending on the vessel type and structure. The variables are - is it a bowl, a vase, a plate, porcelain, stoneware or earthenware? Walls thickness, uniformity and vessel size also determine the impact point, force and tool. The goal is to have a controlled break so that the break pattern meets your vision and the customer's budget. Breaking it in stages enables the granularity needed to execute the pattern. Of course it does not always works the way you wished. Always wear goggles!!
This same process (23.5K gold) was used for a project made for the White House as a Presidential gift to the Prime Minister of Japan. See 30 seconds video below.
Gold Effect Kintsugi
Encapsulating two part non-yellowing proprietary epoxy
Place even amount of epoxy on a pad
Apply the gold substitute metal alloy powder (proprietary, custom made for us - consists of brass, copper and zinc - not for sell by us)
Mix gold effect metals well
Use a sharp tool to carry the gold effect
Apply the desired width and thickness over the repair lines in a continuous fashion
Allow to cure before handling
Kintsugi bowl ready for shipment
IMPORTANT: Kintsugi repair materials are not intended to be used with liquid or heat over 180 degree F and repaired items should not be used on cooking or food serving ware to avoid premature failure or food contamination.