What is Golden Repair Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi
These Japanese Words mean Golden Repair
Kintsugi (金継ぎ) or Kintsukuroi (金繕い)
“Kin” is translated as Golden
“tsugi” means Repair
Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi prizes imperfection. It is the art of restoring broken pottery with gold so the fractures are literally illuminated, capturing a kind of physical expression of its spirit.
“As a philosophy, kintsukuroi, celebrates imperfections as an integral part of the story, not something to be disguised. The true life of an object (or a person) begins the moment it breaks and reveals.that it is vulnerable,” says Georgia Pelligrini.
This technique suggests many things. Maybe we should think twice before throwing away broken objects. Perhaps, we should try to repair things rather than assume it is no longer useful. It may sometimes become a more valuable object.
This is the essence of resilience. Each of us can look for a way to cope with traumatic events in a positive way, learn from negative experiences to take the best from them and convince ourselves that every experience makes each person unique and even more precious.
Pictured are a few golden repairs that I have done. Doing kintsugi gave me welcome relief when a few things that held sentimental value to me were better than before.
Inspired by Georgia Pelligrini, Steffano Carnazzi, Leggi L’Articolo, and Beth Owens
Here’s a little more background on Kintsugi with
instructions on how to make your own ceramic golden repairs
Many thanks to Imaginative Crafts, Do-It-Yourself Projects and Video Tutorials by Robert Mahar, robert-mahar.com
Clear two-part epoxy
1. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, dispense a small amount of the clear two-part epoxy into a disposable tray.
2. Scoop a small amount of the mica powder onto the epoxy and stir thoroughly to combine.
3. Using a toothpick or sandwich pick, generously spread the epoxy along one edge of the broken pottery seam.
4. Align the two pieces of pottery and press together. Hold in place until the epoxy sets. Allow epoxy to fully cure before using.