Thursday, December 31, 2015

Faux Kintsugi tutorial

A few months ago one of my favorite plant pots was knocked from a table and broken. It was purchased many years ago and I loved the color and shape of it. I had glued it back together because I just had to keep it. I remember seeing images of Japanese pots that had been repaired with gold. I loved the philosophy behind the reasoning so today I did a faux Kintsugi repair on it using supplies I had in my studio.

From Wikipedia:
Kintsugi (金継ぎ?) (Japanese: golden joinery) or Kintsukuroi (金繕い?) (Japanese: golden repair) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

How I did it....
Mix together some Apoxie Sculpt and push it into the cracks. Rub Pearl Ex  (I used Brilliant Gold) onto the Apoxie Sculpt. Then I painted the Pearl Ex with Liquitex high gloss varnish to protect the Pearl Ex powder.
  That is it. Now I am going to plant some spider plants that I purchased on ebay into the pot.

repaired pot image

1 comment:

  1. That's lovely...I just might have to break a pot ;-)

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