How to Fix Broken Pottery | Kintsugi Repair

How to Fix Broken Pottery | Kintsugi Repair

– Hey friends, it’s Robert. On today’s episode of World Crafted, we’re off to Japan to examine a technique for repairing broken pottery with the unexpected material of gold. And then we’re re-imagine this tradition using a modern DIY
technique that will turn your broken ceramics into little
works of art for your home. (instrumental music playing) In Japanese culture, there is a philosophy called wabi-sabi, and it’s a unique way of looking at the world. Finding and appreciating
beauty in old or broken things, things that are imperfect. And falling under that
lovely umbrella of thought is a handcraft tradition called kintsugi. It’s the Japanese art of
repairing broken pottery with lacquer that’s been dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. The result is a cup, bowl, or plate that’s been pieced back together with gorgeous seams of precious metal. I love everything about this concept and started to explore alternate methods of repairing broken pottery that you and I could
tackle at home as a DIY, using modern and
easily-accessible materials, and what I found is that
there are really only three basic materials you
need to complete this project. The first, of course, is
a broken piece of pottery. Now let me just say
that with any new craft, you have to practice to
improve your technique. I love the idea of you
considering a broken piece of your grandmother’s china or even a beloved damaged ceramic figurine you made in elementary school, but let me encourage you to practice on a less precious object first. Maybe an inexpensive find
at a local thrift shop or dollar store. But whatever piece you
choose, just make certain that it’s clean and completely
dry before you begin. To repair the broken
pottery, we’ll be using a clear two-part epoxy
from your craft, hobby, or hardware store. This type of epoxy is
typically packaged as a syringe with two side-by-side tubes, one containing resin and
the other, a hardener. When combined in equal parts,
a chemical reaction occurs, creating a really strong binding agent. Most work with a variety of materials but be certain to read
the label thoroughly to make sure it will bind ceramics, and always follow the
manufacturer’s instructions. And finally, to color the epoxy and give it the appearance of metal, we’ll use mica powder. Mica is a common mineral and
when ground into a fine powder, it’s often used in cosmetics. I’m going to demonstrate
the process using gold, but know that many metallic shades are available to choose from, and I found the largest selection available in online stores. (instrumental music playing) One of the origin stories
for kintsugi involves a 15th century Japanese
shogun, or military leader, who sent a damaged Chinese
tea bowl back to China for repairs. Now when it was returned to him, he found that it had been
repaired with metal staples and it’s thought that
the shogun’s displeasure with how the repair
looked may have prompted Japanese craftsmen to look for
a more pleasing alternative. And so this joinery technique that emphasized the imperfections, visualizing mends and seams
as an area to celebrate was developed. And it said that collectors
became so enamored of the new art, that some
were accused of deliberately breaking pottery, so
that it could be repaired with the gold seams of kintsugi. It’s a smart idea to
cover your work surface for this project, and have a
rag or a paper towel on hand, should you need it. I’m gonna mix the epoxy in
a small, disposable tray but a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil would work as well. Now most epoxies set
within a matter of minutes, so we’re gonna mix and
work with small batches. Start by doing a dry fit, placing your broken
pottery pieces together, so that you’re aware of
the proper placement. Then depress the syringe
to dispense a small amount of the two-part epoxy, and then add a tiny
amount of the mica powder. I’m using a wooden sandwich
pick to scoop the mica and then mix it directly into the epoxy. Stir thoroughly, and
then begin to spread it on the broken edge of one
of your pottery pieces. It only needs to be
applied to one of the edges you’ll be fitting together, not both. Now if you’re dealing
with one long broken edge, you’ll want to work as
quickly as possible. Add a fairly generous
amount of the mixed epoxy, so that when the two pieces
are pressed together, it emerges from the seams, creating that beautiful vein of gold. Once the edge is completely coated, fit the two pieces
together and hold in place until the epoxy starts to set. This could be a couple of minutes. Now the manufacturer’s
directions will tell you how long the epoxy will take to set and then how long it will
take to completely cure. Resist the temptation
to touch the epoxy seams before they’re completely cured, because while they may
have hardened enough to hold the pieces together, you can still leave fingerprints, which really lessens the
illusion of a gold seam. It’s easiest to work with one clean break, but understandably, we don’t
have control over that. With multiple seams to repair, it’s best to attach one
or two pieces at a time, allowing the epoxy to set
before connecting more. Once the epoxy has completely cured, your DIY kintsugi pottery
is ready to use and display. It’s not recommended that you eat or drink out of your repaired pieces, but they make wonderful decorative home accents. A bedside jewelry holder,
pencil cups for your desk, or a convenient dish for keys and change inside the front door. I do hope you’ll give this project a try. Giving a broken object new life is a beautiful little
work of art for your home. Thank you so much for watching, and if you haven’t done so already, I want to encourage you to
subscribe to Kin Community and join me next time for
another world-inspired DIY. (instrumental music fading out)

100 thoughts on “How to Fix Broken Pottery | Kintsugi Repair

  1. This is so cool! Really beautiful! Robert, I love all your crafts and I'm so glad to see you back on YouTube! You are so calming to listen to….kind of like a crafty Mr. Rogers! :o)

  2. I don't have any broken ceramic but I think I'm going to be clumsy today I love this thank you Robert your a beautiful man ๐Ÿ˜˜

  3. ROBERT, YOU'RE FINALLY BACK! and this first project already looks amazing. i've been looking for an easy way to do kintsugi for a couple of years now. can't wait to see what you'll come up with next!

  4. It's so good to see you Robert! I love your projects and especially your calming instructions. Where can we see you regularly?

  5. Of course I am completely stoked about this new series! Yay Kin, yay Robert!

    I'm also reading for the 5th or 9th time "The Tea House Fire" which deals heavily with tea ceremony and all its aspects, including this kind of pottery mending. Definitely a good read!

  6. I'm extremely excited to see in a video again! I have three exams tomorrow and and new video from you is the perfect de-stressor. I needed new ones as I've already watched everyone with you in it many times ๐Ÿ˜†

  7. So interesting and beautiful. I've never heard of this technique. And so great to see you, Robert! I've missed your videos. Welcome back!

  8. Omg Robert is back !!!!
    Was finding a kintsugi tutorial and here it is ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    Thanks for the tutorial as always

  9. love love thank you. so happy I found the mod technique. was overwhelmed by Japanese vid! Robert Iย  have little chips on some of my fave pottery bowls and cups used for eating and drinking. so i would not be joining pieces together. any advice>ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  wabi sabi …. wow I am regretting what I have thrown out in the past as this is just a beautiful and sentimental idea!

  10. can one trim off the excess epoxy that bulges out? it is very unsightly! The most beautiful kintsugi lines are those that are flush with the pottery and not too thick!
    thank you for your help!

  11. everyone should be aware that mica powder and epoxy are not food safe. many epoxy even after cured are toxins to the liver.

  12. You can get a fantastic kit from Mora, I used it to do my christmas baubles:

  13. is there another way to use the same technique and still be able to use the bowl as a functional utensil to eat out of

  14. Great video but the end result isn't ever close to Kintsugi unfortunately, the cheese wiz appearance takes away from wabi sabi and breaks the piece in a way that isnt natural hence completely misses the mark. The technique i use is also two part epoxy (traditional kintsugi uses a natural lacquer made from tree sap) let that cure taking care to make the split look almost invisible and perfectly smooth. Then i use gold leaf paint to paint the thinnest line possible, just enough so that you can no longer see the hairline crack. Traditionally a red lacquer was used then the gold was dusted on while it was wet. you could go that route as well. Once again great video and message, i just feel that it doesn't do justice to the actual art.

  15. this is not kintsugi… the traditional way takes several weeks to mend. this is just glueing a piece of pottery in a very messy way with some goldpowder :/

  16. The original Japanese Technic take weeks so this tip its very usu full for us, to save some pieces and make it a beautiful ornamentation for home.

  17. Thank you for all the information it really sort my problem. I need to fix one of my masks that was broken in 2 and the effect is fantastic.

  18. I really like it too! I found a kit here, that I used:

  19. I am so excited to find your channel and this tutorial. I bought a beautiful small handmade bowl at an artist community in the Adirondack and have been so sad that it broke in half. This is a beautiful technique and I love the idea of imperfections being part of the beauty. We should all take that idea in, eh? Very best wishes!

  20. Don't ever rotate the two part epoxy like the video shows. It will get hardner on the epoxy and it will harden and now you will have your applicator glued shut.

  21. Thank you so much. I am a mental health worker. I've been researching kintsugi recently as a way to help kids cope and confront trauma related issues. I will be guiding one of the kids I work with soon through a kintsugi project. Your video is extremely helpful. Know that it will be part of a legacy of healing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Is there a way to do this that would be food safe?
    Also, does anyone know of videos of the actual Kinstugi process? I really want to see it.

  23. Am I just not mixing my epoxy well enough or am I just putting too much because it's so drippy. Immediately starting dropping off the ledges before I could even attach it to the other piece T.T I'm gonna have to try again a couple more times haha

  24. Iโ€™m sorry but, how the F*** is this kintsugi??? Kintsugi is made from real lacquer โ€œUrushiโ€ not modern day epoxy. I donโ€™t think itโ€™s fair to call this Kintsugi if youโ€™re just using epoxy and some gold powder.

  25. What you're doing isn't kintsugi. At best, it's kintsugi-inspired. Traditional kintsugi materials and technique are not unobtainable- not by a long shot. Some of us still practice it in authentic form here in the US. You miss so much about the discipline and philosophy by replacing the materials and process this way. Also- how very American. "Wow! That's a gorgeous and meaningful practice! How can I do it in a cheap, fast, easy way?!" Cultural appropriate is what it is.

  26. No offense m8, but you are using wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too much of the epoxy….You just drowned the entirety, rather than actually used a minimalist approach….

  27. I've repaired some broken dishes with this idea. The way I do mine is to paint all my edges with gold paint then glue it all together. Turns out perfect every time.


  29. Thank you for this easy look alike Kintsugi repair. I have too many precious memories broken and little money to become suddenly leave in the hands of expert at Kintsugi. This gives me the oportunity to mend what is broken in a beautiful way. Thank you.

  30. Best epoxy kintsugi video Iโ€™ve come across. Thank you! Iโ€™ve watched so many and wished Iโ€™d have found yours first!

  31. pro tip: after the epoxy has set but is still a bit sticky (not runny) use a fine paint brush to dust some more mica powder over the epoxy. this top layer of mica will set in the epoxy and make it look even more like a solid gold layer. This is how "humade" are instructing in their "new kinstugi repair kit". i managed to fix some of my favorite dishes that way and can only reccomend it. if you don't want to organize or buy the components separately, order the humade kit, including epoxy, mica, brush, and a a piece of steel epoxy, a clay like mass to fill in missing pieces of the pottery, which sets in about 8h to steel strength(!). i'm not linking here but you if you google humade new kinstugi you find the link from the netherlands. cheers and happy mending!

  32. Waaay too much – there is no modesty. It's globbed up through the cracks and looks fake

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