I am making these for my upcoming workshop in San Fransisco. The second workshop on November 1st. has a focus on the final steps of kintsugi, finishing of the metal. These squares will have #3 and #5 silver on them and we will do the final finishing. Trying to do the final finishing on actual ceramics only works well if you have a piece that actually has a repair, it doesn’t work that well on glaze.
This video shows filling in a missing piece using flour and lacquer.
This video shows rough cleaning of medium from between the seams. There is mostly flour/lacquer medium but each piece has an area that is rice/lacquer and those seams are much harder and require a different instrument to clean them.
This is what the bowls I broke a couple of weeks ago look like now. Most of them are very fractured/broken. It is taking a long time to get them back together. I think this is the aspect of kintsugi I like the most. If I couldn’t repair them with kintsugi they would have long ago ended up in the trash. As it is they will be a metaphor for something broken and repaired(relationship), stronger and more beautiful than before.