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Refining the 2-In-1 Step Technique for Kintsugi Ceramic Restore

        Final time I gave y’all a radical
evaluation of
6 totally different kintsugi strategies
you’ll be able to select from based mostly on the wants of your pot-mending scenario.
 After finishing this evaluation, out of respect for my present scenario as a
graduate scholar with restricted time and funds, I opted to strive one of many
easiest strategies – the
“2-in-1 Step Technique: Oozing Coloured Epoxy”. As I beforehand described, this methodology requires the least provides,
hands-on steps, and wait time whereas offering a sturdy finish product. As a result of
this methodology had considerations 
relating to management of the aesthetic high quality, my subsequent query was whether or not these limitations could possibly be improved upon. Therefore, immediately’s article covers a number of trial pots I repaired with this methodology to look at
and tweak the 2-in-1 Step approach. 
My outcomes from the ultimate pot I repaired (see beneath) advance the 2-in-1
Step Technique because it demonstrates the flexibility to make use of this methodology to cleanly
fill giant lacking items in some circumstances, which has not beforehand
been reported. 
Mixed with the cautious utility of the coloured epoxy, this system
might now be nearer to the standard 
related to the extra difficult kintsugi restore methods.
    The results of my closing kintsugi restore utilizing the 2-in-1 Step Technique:
    Oozing Coloured Epoxy.
    This piece had a big lacking piece and a few
    small gaps from smaller lacking items which made it further difficult
    for this system.
            Earlier than I dive into the primary topic
    of this week’s article, let me first be aware that I’ve gone again to
    first kintsugi article to develop the part on the
    conventional kintsugi methodology. I beforehand wrote concerning the conventional Japanese methodology involving
    pure merchandise for ceramic restore as solely a factor of the previous, however
    surprisingly, an artist dwelling in Italy has confirmed me mistaken. Though the
    supplies for conventional Japanese Urushi lacquer are onerous to come back by in
    the west, Thom Rozendaal just lately experimented with recreating this
    pure product with resin from different tree species and a lacquer produced
    from bugs. My full abstract of Thom’s strategies, supplies, execs, and cons
    can be found in
    my earlier article right here and you may learn extra about it instantly from
    Thom’s artwork weblog right here.
    Thanks for reaching out, Thom!

    Artist Thom Rozendaal’s completed kintsugi restore utilizing solely
    pure merchandise that had been obtainable to him. Learn extra
    right hereSupply.

              As I stated, I selected to make use of this
    methodology for my first kintsugi repairs as a result of it’s the most effective
    methodology when it comes to time and value. Right here I share a number of pots I repaired
    with this methodology to see what diploma the standard of the ultimate end result
    could possibly be managed and to what extent the aesthetic end
    predetermined to random unevenness.

    III-I. First Try – Silver Present Pot

            First, I had a pot that my housemate unintentionally knocked down final
    winter and wanted to be repaired ASAP for my entry into the
    2021 Columbus Bonsai Society’s Annual Present
    (the primary one I’ve participated in with my new membership, and certain the
    topic of a future weblog submit). Under are the images from this primary
    try. The explanation I mended this pot with silver will develop into obvious
    once I share the ultimate tree with y’all sooner or later. Those that had been in
    attendance might keep in mind it although. 😉

            Since my internal demons embrace a voice telling me to
    procrastinate, my goal with this primary pot was to create a stable
    and lasting restore utilizing provides I may discover from native artwork and
    {hardware} shops somewhat than look forward to merchandise to be shipped on-line. The
    provides I gathered are pictured beneath. I am going to develop on their functions a
    bit right here; these primary supplies had been used for all pots repaired on this


    • Clear-drying epoxy – To restore the pot and include our pigment
      spotlight. Based mostly on my earlier article, I’d have most well-liked to
      use PC-Clear because it was reported as essentially the most sturdy. I couldn’t
      discover it although, so I took a chance on the Gorilla Glue Clear-Drying
    • Silver pigment powder – To focus on our crack restore (can substitute
      actual silver or different metals). 
    • Cheap brush – I assumed I’d use this for making use of epoxy however
      I didn’t. You do not want it and it might be a waste given you’ll
      want a recent brush every time the epoxy hardens.
    • Toothpicks – the best disposable device for mixing small volumes of
      epoxy, pigment powder, and making use of small volumes at a time to the
      crack restore.
    • 70% Ethanol (or greater) – This was meant for use with the rag
      to take away extra epoxy, however I didn’t discover it very useful. In some
      instances it was used, however the rag is a blunt instrument. I most well-liked to
      clean out any extra with a toothpick.
    • Cheap rag – see above
    • Parchment paper (not pictured) – This was the floor I blended my
      epoxy and powder on for straightforward cleanup.
    Provides from left to proper: Gorilla model clear epoxy, silver pigment
    powder, disposable brush, toothpicks, 70% ethanol, cheap rag,
    and parchment paper (not pictured).

    When life offers you lemons… you intensely evaluation a 400-year-old
    Japanese approach and use it to write down two excessively lengthy articles
    about your lemonade, duhhh.

            Above you’ll be able to see what number of items I needed to restore. Fortunately
    this pot principally had bigger items which made the method simpler, but it surely
    nonetheless took about
     1 week to restore the pot in its entirety. O
    nly one or two items could possibly be mended at a time, then the pot must
    be allowed to take a seat for a day whereas the epoxy cured.

            Under you’ll be able to see my solely shot of the pot restore in
    progress. Epoxy was blended with a toothpick-scoop filled with pigment powder
    till the specified shade was reached. This glue combine was then rapidly
    utilized to the pot because the Gorilla Glue units in about 5-10 minutes. The
    epoxy is straightforward to use at first however over time it will get stringy when it will get
    near solidifying. When the epoxy is at this stringy texture, it is a
    good time to cease making use of and blend a brand new batch as utilizing epoxy within the
    stringy interval can develop into messy and end in epoxy unintentionally getting
    dragged onto locations you did not intend.

    Right here you’ll be able to see the coloured epoxy that has been pushed out of the
    crack when these two items had been first joined. The epoxy seems a lot
    extra liquid initially (as on this image) early on within the setting
    course of.

            I want I had taken extra footage whereas within the progress of
    making the primary repaired pot, however alas, my fingers had been full urgent the
    pot again collectively. With this model of glue, you must firmly press the
    two items collectively for a number of minutes whereas the epoxy begins to
    harden. Extra in-progress footage and pointers might be shared in
    subsequent pot repairs detailed later on this article. For now, take pleasure in
    the completed product of this primary pot via the images beneath.



    Rotated barely from above.

            On this first
    pot restore, you’ll be able to see the problems I predicted within the earlier article did
    manifest considerably. The strains for this system actually can come out uneven
    and drips are generally obvious on account of gravity pulling the oozed epoxy
    downwards. For many who are followers of wabi-sabi or the concept of embracing
    imperfection, perhaps the pure tendencies of this system are ample
    for you, and no additional changes are wanted. Nonetheless, subsequent trials
    with this kintsugi approach will see how a lot this methodology could be additional

            Subsequent up, a mug that was damaged throughout delivery once I
    forgot it in Seattle. One other good likelihood to follow. This time I attempted
    utilizing gold pigment powder and took just a few extra course of photographs to point out the
    mixing of the epoxy and the way you apply it with the toothpick. I am going to let the
    footage and captions inform the story on this one.

    *Word: I do not anticipate this mug might be food-safe after making use of the epoxy
    as a result of who is aware of (not me) what the chemical substances within the epoxy and pigment
    powder would do within the physique? This might be a decorative-only piece from now

            Lastly, we have now my mini
    This pot originated from my former housemate in Seattle. Joey was getting again
    into making ceramics so I paid him to make a few kusamono-sized
    pots. Sadly, this one shattered when it was shipped to me after
    my transfer. A yr and a few change later, time to repair it. As I went alongside,
    I spotted that t
    his pot was so completely damaged that some areas had tiny items to
    place again collectively, some areas had giant lacking items, and different
    areas had giant gaps the place the crack was someway widened. In complete,
    these components made repairing this tiny pot take 2 weeks of on and off
    work, but it surely taught me greater than all the opposite pots mixed because the
    challenges of this tiny pot required me to strive new methods to get a
    consistent-looking product. I’d glue a bit in the future, let it relaxation.
    Mix some strains in the future, let it relaxation. In some areas, I even scraped
    extra epoxy off with a knife within the hours after the epoxy set (whereas
    the epoxy was comfortable, but stable), or scraped off finer inconsistencies
    after some areas had totally hardened. The work was worthwhile, however now I
    have to think about what tree or accent plant would pair with this pot!
    It is too good to not use it.

    Have a look at all these items! I’ve roughly organized them by how they
    must go collectively, then those to the precise I had no thought
    the place they went but.

    I used to be making use of the identical technique because the final pot however utilizing even
    much less epoxy to attempt to get tremendous strains. I’d first restore the
    items collectively after which go over the cracklines once more the place

    3 items are actually caught again collectively.

    And a fourth! Once more, the realm with a lower than full hiding of
    the crack might be revised later.

    Round right here I spotted what occurs in the event you’re not cautious about
    the order that you simply put the items again collectively. Though this
    piece would go there, it couldn’t be positioned in because of the high
    piece blocking its entry.

    Does not match.

    Does not match.

    Answer! Sand down the sides in order that it might probably squeeze in. This
    slowed me down a bit. Higher to keep away from it.

    Lastly matches!

    I glued the 2 halves collectively concurrently to avoid wasting time.

    Then when the 2 halves had been put again collectively and there have been no
    extra items, I spotted I used to be lacking some items. Could not discover
    them wherever, so we should get inventive.

    Small lacking piece and a crack that wants one other coat.

    Extra gaps had been revealed.

    This space had one giant lacking piece along with the big

    This space turned out fairly properly not less than. Solely minimal mixing
    is required.

    Right here you see the within view of these gaps, cracks, and lacking
    items. A second coat is required for a lot of elements.

    Inside view of some lacking items.

    My answer to the lacking items was to cowl them with clear
    scotch tape on one aspect. I’d then use this to create a clean
    end on the outside and drop within the coloured epoxy from the

    A number of layers of tape to make sure an excellent floor to use epoxy on.

    Exterior of huge lacking piece with the tape answer.

    Inside of small lacking items able to obtain the epoxy.

    Identical answer to the big lacking piece from the inside.

    For the big lacking piece on the rim, I additionally taped it over the
    high to strive to make sure the rim of this piece can be comparatively
    flat with the remainder of the pot rim.

    Because the inside doesn’t have the tape to create a clean
    floor, the epoxy have to be utilized with the lacking piece resting
    down. Gravity will make sure the epoxy I apply spreads evenly and
    dries easily somewhat than dripping downwards.

    Piece restore is cooking! Since one aspect was not sealed, I may
    really feel when the epoxy had hardened and when the tape was due to this fact
    able to be eliminated.

    After many items positioned again collectively and lots of touch-ups to
    good and mix the strains, that is the graveyard of toothpicks
    from this one tiny pot.

    Completed backside + entrance.

    Completed backside + again.

    Completed inside.

    Completed entrance.

    III-V. Last Refined Protocol – 2-in-1 Step Technique: Oozing Coloured

            This text is now fairly lengthy so I am going to solely briefly go
    over the ultimate protocol with the teachings from the above trials.

    Up to date Strategies:

    1. Combine epoxy with pigment powder of alternative to succeed in the specified shade.
    2. Decide up a drop of epoxy combine with the toothpick, and unfold over the
      crack such that solely a small quantity is current on the crack.
      1. Utilizing a small quantity will allow higher consistency of the road
    3. Enable items to be set totally earlier than constructing additional. Watch out of
      the order through which you add items so entry of the subsequent piece shouldn’t be
      1. If a bit is blocked from entry, sand edges till it matches.
    4. If a bit is lacking, construct a scaffold by making use of clear scotch
      tape throughout the hole on the outside.
      1. Prepare the pot in order that the taped space rests parallel to the
        floor. Gravity will support in spreading the epoxy evenly on the
        inside on the web site of the lacking piece.
      2. Apply the epoxy combine to the within of the pot till it fills the
    5. Apply a really tremendous (as wanted) second coat of coloured epoxy over
      areas which have gaps, which don’t fully conceal the crack strains,
      or round areas with uneven drops of epoxy from the primary
    6. Scrape extra epoxy off. 
      1. If a big extra of epoxy is utilized in an undesirable location,
        it may be simply eliminated within the first hours whereas it’s nonetheless
        malleable (earlier than totally drying) with a metallic implement.
      2. If the epoxy is utilized whereas too cheesy, small strings of coloured
        epoxy might come off with the toothpick after utility. These
        sloppy strings can land off the road of the crack restore. For pots
        with clean glazes, these small strings could be fastidiously scraped
        off after drying with an Exacto knife, paring knife, or butter


    • Clear epoxy
      • PC Clear is most well-liked for sturdiness, however as mentioned final week,
        Alardite is slower to set and JB ClearWeld or Gorilla Glue Clear
        (amongst others) can also work.
    • Gold/silver powder / mica powder / pigment powder
    • Parchment Paper
    • Toothpick
    • butter knife/paring knife/ Exacto knife
    • Scotch Tape

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