Kintsugi materials, brushes

Kintsugi materials, brushes
There are several types of brushes for kintsugi. For most lines a medium brush will suffice, for getting the finest lines either a fine or very fine brush will be necessary. All are natural fiber and handmade in Japan. They should be cleaned with vegetable oil and stored with a very thin coating of oil which needs to be removed before use.

Kintsugi materials, fine brush
Kintsugi materials, fine brush

Kintsugi materials, medium brush
Kintsugi materials, medium brush

Kintsugi materials, very fine brush
Kintsugi materials, very fine brush

Current kintsugi projects

Here is what I am working on.
The glaze repair bowls had bubbled glaze when they came out of the kiln. I have used a grinder to get that off and now have a good base of lacquer which I am sanding. One I will finish in gold, the other in silver.
The chip bowl is one I was going to do yobitsugi on but decided to just build it up instead. I will use hemp fiber on it.

Glaze repair kintsugi
Glaze repair kintsugi
Glaze repair kintsugi
Glaze repair kintsugi
Glaze repair kintsugi
Glaze repair kintsugi
Glaze repair kintsugi
Glaze repair kintsugi
Kintsugi chip repair
Kintsugi chip repair
Kintsugi chip repair
Kintsugi chip repair
Kintsugi chip repair
Kintsugi chip repair

Kintsugi materials, mawata

Kintsugi materials, mawata Mawata is a silk based, cotton type material. Regular cotton doesn’t have the natural oils that are necessary to keep from sticking to the metal. You use it to either apply metal to the lacquer or to slightly buff out metal that is already applied to the piece.

Kintsugi materials, Mawata
Kintsugi materials, Mawata with gold in it.

Kintsugi materials, Mawata
Kintsugi materials, Mawata
Kintsugi materials, Mawata
Kintsugi materials, Mawata

Materials, kintsugi, middle black, nakaguro

Middle black lacquer is used over both sabi, (jinoko or tonoko/lacquer mix) and mugiurushi, (flour/lacquer mix) as a layer to give you a smooth finish. Without a middle layer of lacquer it is very difficult to get a smooth enough finish to successfully apply a top layer of lacquer and then metal. Middle lacquer is not as hard as top lacquer.

Kintsugi black
Kintsugi black