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Ken Wingard shares how to fix our favorite broken bowls, mugs and more with an ancient Japanese technique called kintsugi.

MATERIALS:

  • Broken ceramicware
  • Epoxy
  • Gold mica powder
  • Popsicle sticks, thin work best
  • Disposable flat surface to mix epoxy on like cardboard
  • X-acto knife
  • Acetone or paint thinner
  • Rags
  • Disposable gloves
  • Dry rice
  • Bowl

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. With gloves on, mix your epoxy together using a popsicle stick on a flat surface, add in generous amounts of mica powder.

2. Brace the largest section of the piece you’re reassembling with some dry rice in a bowl big enough to hold the piece.

3. Apply a generous amount of your gilded epoxy to the broken edges of a piece using a popsicle stick. Firmly stick it to the corresponding broken edge of the piece in the rice. Hold for at least 30 seconds.

PRO-TIP: Don’t worry about drips and fingerprints you will clean them up later!

4. Repeat step 3 with each piece until the ceramicware is completely reassembled.

5. About an hour after application use an x-acto knife to scrape off any undesired lumps.

6. To remove any fingerprints or smudges rub them off with a rag and some acetone or paint thinner.

7. Allow the epoxy to finish setting for 24 hours from the time of application and enjoy!

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