Jewelry and the Japanese Art of Kintsugi

by Lynda Carson.
(Spring Valley, CA)

Jewelry and the Japanese Art of Kintsugi by Lynda Carson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

My first attempt at this repair technique with broken ceramic pieces.

Kintsugi, also known as Kintsukuroi, 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. (Wikipedia)

How did I never know about Kintsugi until two weeks ago???

Bumped into it on a FB post by a jewelry maker seeking ideas for repairing a broken stone.

It was a delight to wander down a rabbit trail of internet searching about this very old technique of repairing broken pottery with gold or silver.

Jewelry and the Japanese Art of Kintsugi by Lynda Carson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

A pin I made with sea glass and another broken shard.

Over time it has blossomed into a fine art form and life perspective.

Closely related to Wabi Sabi (looked that up too).

I’ve experimented with thrift store broken plate pieces and then decided that the epoxy/gold mica powder mixture would be great to bond small sea glass bits and pieces for this lovely necklace.

I also tried to make a pin with the 3 bits of sea glass and small piece of an ivy plate. Glued on a pin fastener to the back.

Jewelry and the Japanese Art of Kintsugi by Lynda Carson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

The howlite stone I repaired with epoxy and gold mica powder

It’s messy looking, but I’m learning. Oh, by the way, I did find that jewelry designers do repair broken stones with this Japanese technique. They are beautiful!

The Wabi Sabi gods are probably frowning at me right now, but I went ahead and whacked a cheap howlite stone to give it a try. Yup, broke it on purpose. I’m that impatient.

It went back together beautifully and cured overnight. Made the necklace this morning.

Lynda Carson
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