We’ve all had those moments where we’ve broken our mum’s favorite ceramic dish and the panic soon hits when you realize the 5 parts that it broke into is not something that you can salvage in the next 10 minutes. Cue Kintsugi - the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by reattaching the areas of breakage with adhesive and powdered gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind this art form is to treat breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. Here are a few of the best Kintsugi repair sets that you can get your hands on to create your new masterpiece in Singapore
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If the thought of getting a kintsugi repair kit and getting hands dirty all by yourself seems a bit daunting, fret not! The lovely people over at Gold & Behold run modern kintsugi workshops for anyone who's interested in this beautiful art form. The workshops goes in depth into the philosophy behind Kintsugi and uses self-discovering and reflection to create a relaxing experiential class. Go on and give it try now - it's always a good time to take a step back from our bustling lives to rest and reflect.
One of the best places to search for the Kintsugi repair kits is via Etsy Marketplace where there are many independent sellers retailing their version of a kintsugi kit.
MoraApproved Kintsugi Kit
Camilla of MoraApproved on Etsy is an experienced and passionate Kintsugi artist who is sharing this passion of hers by inspiring her customers to try their hand out at this Japanese art form. Her Kintsugi Kits come in a large variety of colours and the equipment provided in this kit is enough to repair up to 12 small dinner plates! For its price point, we think this is definitely worth the money.
Where to buy: Via MoraApproved’s Etsy Shop
SlyLama Kintsugi Repair Kit
SlyLama’s Etsy page is filled with handmade items (like personalized photo boxes and wooden calendars) and of which, their Kintsugi Repair Kit is one of their featured items. You’re able to select from either gold powder, silver powder, or both (at an additional price) to go along with the repair set. The kit is presented beautifully in a wooden box too, so this makes it the perfect birthday gift for your artsy friend.
Price: SGD34.11 (for gold/silver), SGD36.64 (for both gold and silver)
Where to buy: Via SlyLama’s Etsy Shop
KintsugiPlanet DIY Kintsugi Kit
The DIY Kintsugi Kit from KintsugiPlanet is one of the most popular listings for kintsugi kits, having already sold over 3,000 kits worldwide. The set has also garnered positive reviews, with customers commenting on its beautiful packaging and detailed instructions that came along with the purchase. The best thing about this kit is that you’re also given the option to purchase a ceramic piece (which you’re able to piece back together) if you do not have any broken pieces of ceramics on hand but would like to try this out.
Price: SGD43.67 (gold & silver included), SGD56.15 (gold & silver and ceramic included)
Where to buy: Via KintsugiPlanet’s Etsy Shop
Kintsugi Repair Kit from Fishpond SG
The Kintsugi Repair Kit from local arts & crafts retailer, Fishpond SG, comes with everything you need to start your Kintsugi journey. The set contains lacquers, pure gold powder, silver powder, and the equipment that you will require for it. Even though the kit is made in Japan, there is also an English manual included to guide you through the process step by step.
Shipping fee: Included with the purchase
Where to buy: Online via Fishpond SG
Kintsugi Repair Kit (a.k.a. Kintsukuroi) from Meijiro Japan
It doesn’t get more authentic than purchasing the Kintsugi Repair Kit from Mejiro Japan. The kit is shipped from their physical outlet located in Mejiro, Tokyo. Their shop hosts Kintsugi Workshop from time to time as well (reservation beforehand is required), so when the travel restrictions are lifted, be sure to add this to your to-do list!
Price: ¥7,245 (approx. SGD90)
Shipping fee: ¥2,200 (approx. SGD27.20)
Where to buy: Online via Mejiro Japan
These kits make exploring Kintsugi so much more approachable for all of us, and it saves us the trouble of having to source the individual items required. However, if you do find yourself with a broken piece of ceramic and with a usable lacquer (e.g. epoxy glue, Urushi lacquer) or extra gold powder from your last arts & crafts session, the materials to finish up your individual Kintsugi kit should be easily found at your local hardware store (for lacquers) or arts and crafts store (for gold & silver powders). Amazon has a wide array of materials available, so be sure to check them out if there’s anything you’re missing. If you want to get your hands on a Kintsugi art piece, but would not like to go through the hassle of piecing it together yourself, Amazon also has a couple of Kintsugi ceramicware (e.g. plates, bowls, and cups) on sale.
Simply throwing out broken ceramics is a waste, especially when there is so much more that you can do with it! With kintsugi, you can give the broken pieces a new life and practice the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi to embrace all things flawed and imperfect.
Note: Please make sure to research the ingredients and safety of the particular product you are using. Remember to take all necessary precautions, and always follow all product usage instructions.
There are 2 main kinds of kintsugi kit, the traditional form uses urushi lacquer and gold powder, whilst the less conventional and cheaper alternative uses epoxy and any coloured powder to create the effect. While the traditional way is usually food safe, the modern approach to Kintsugi can sometimes be food safe too, if the epoxy used is food safe.
Although as simple as it sounds, Kintsugi requires more skill than expected. All the materials you need are: Lacquer or Epoxy glue, Coloured powder , Wooden sticks for application of the powder , Flat paint brushes for touching up and lastly a broken ceramic piece that you want to salvage.