HOW TO MAKE CREATIVE REPAIRS
For the kintsugi Epoxy for ceramics Gold metallic paint Paint brush Plastic beaker or similar Wooden skewer Broken ceramics For the napkins Fabric paint Pencil Paint brush Stained napkins or textiles For the patching Scrap fabric Embroidery thread Embroidery needle Tailor’s chalk Ripped jeans or similar Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold or patchwork elements. The now-precious scars honour the story of the item and it can carry on being used and loved. And that’s not the only way that flaws can become beautiful features – painting, patching and embroidery can be called into play to fix rips, cover up stains and give worndown pieces a new lease of life. All aboard the mending train.
Put a generous amount of epoxy in the plastic beaker. Add a few drops of the gold metallic paint and combine the two by stirring with a wooden skewer.
Wipe the broken dishware clean and apply the epoxy mixture on one of the broken sides. Since the epoxy dries very fast, working quickly is key for this step.
Press two broken parts together with the epoxy mixture in between. Hold the parts together until the epoxy has set and the parts are attached. Repeat this step, applying the epoxy mixture and attaching the broken pieces together, until you have finished reconstructing the original dishware shape.
Once the epoxy has dried, use a paint brush to apply an extra layer of gold paint along the cracks to finish the overall look. The finished item won’t be food safe and shouldn’t come in contact with edible products.
Place the stained napkins or textiles on a flat surface. With
the pencil or tailor’s chalk, draw different geometric shapes around the stains, as shown.
Repeat the pattern all over the fabric, drawing the same shapes across the whole napkin set or piece of fabric.
Using the fabric paint and paint brush and the image as a guide, follow the pencil outlines and paint the shapes in the colours of your choosing. Once you’ve finished painting the entire napkin set or fabric, let the paint dry.
Finally, once it’s completely dry, set the paint by ironing over the napkins or fabric.
Patching and embroidery
Tidy up the ripped part of the jeans with a pair of scissors. Remove any long fraying threads and create an even tear.
Cut a small piece of scrap fabric in a slightly larger size than the tear in the jeans. Place the fabric right side (RS) up behind the tear and keep it in place with a few pins.
With the tailor’s chalk, draw a tiny dot pattern all around the tear, as shown, keeping an even space in between the dots.
Thread the needle with embroidery thread and insert it from the inside of the jeans, coming up approximately 0.5cm ( ") from the top of one of the dots. Using the dots as a guideline, stitch small straight stitches to create cross shapes, as shown. These stitches will keep the patch on the inside of the jeans in place. Once you’ve finished embroidering around all of the dots, tie a knot at the end of the embroidery thread and fasten off. Remove the pins.
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