HOW TO MAKE CRE­ATIVE RE­PAIRS

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

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.

Kintsugi

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.

Nap­kins

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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