DIY Japanese Kintsugi Pottery Repair

January 16, 2019

DIY Japanese Kintsugi Pottery Repair - bowl glued back together with web of gold paint showing along the repair linesKintsugi is the process of mending broken pottery with a a gold-dusted lacquer to adhere the pieces back together, and make the final product even more beautiful than before.


Total Time: 1 hour


  • broken pottery, plate, or any thing ceramic
  • paint brush
  • tube "527" multi-use glue
  • metallic acrylic paint
  • 1 cup water
  • piece of newspaper


  1. Lay newspaper down on work surface.
  2. Gather all materials.
  3. DIY Japanese Kintsugi Pottery Repair - broken pottery bowl on a sheet of newspaper
  4. Paint each new showing side of of the pottery edge with metallic acrylic paint using a small paint brush and occasionally dipping into a cup of water.
  5. DIY Japanese Kintsugi Pottery Repair - paint showing right at the broken edge
  6. Let pieces dry.
  7. DIY Japanese Kintsugi Pottery Repair - paint showing at exposed edge
  8. Apply multi-purpose glue to two pieces at a time. Let dry.
  9. Glue the now bigger pieces together, starting with the bottom of the object. Be sure to fit pieces very snugly.
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  11. Clamp pieces together if necessary until dry.
  12. Let sit overnight.
  13. Enjoy!
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January 16, 20190 found this helpful

Very beautiful. Thank you for sharing. :)

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January 17, 20190 found this helpful

I guess one CAN mend a broken heart!
Good job!

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February 18, 20190 found this helpful

you can also use carnation sweet condensed caned milk
works better than glue

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February 28, 20210 found this helpful

I recently accidentally broke a little bowl that I loved. I was going to use regular glue, but then I remembered this tutorial about repairing this using kintsugi, which is a beautiful Japanese concept about how things that were broken and brought back together again are even stronger than before, much like the human heart.


I'm going to try this soon. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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