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How to Glue Ceramics Back Together: Kintsugi Art

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It’s happened to all of us – accidentally breaking our favorite ceramic mug or dish. But breaking something doesn’t have to be the end of it when you have a glue like Aleene’s Glass & Bead Adhesive! Glue your broken ceramics back together and turn them into beautiful works of art with Japanese Kintsugi – the art of repairing broken pottery using lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold. Mikyla Creates shows you how to glue ceramics back together using this beautiful artistic technique and Aleene’s Glass & Bead Adhesive.

What you need:

Aleene’s Glass & Bead Adhesive

- Ceramic item

- Hammer 

- Pillowcase

- Gold powder

- Paintbrush

- Disposable bowl 

Step 1

Break items with a hammer

If you are breaking an item instead of repairing one you’ve already broken, place it in a pillowcase and use a hammer to break it. Check the pieces and create additional broken pieces if desired.

Step 2

Mix gold powder with glue

Squeeze some Glass & Bead Adhesive into a disposable bowl and mix in gold powder to your liking. Make sure all added powder is mixed into the glue before applying to your piece.

Step 3

Brush glue mixture onto piece

Starting with an edge piece, brush the gold adhesive mixture onto the broken sides, adding a good amount of glue. You’ll want it to show through the cracks for this technique! 

Step 4

Press pieces together

Press the broken piece together with its matching piece, using some force to make sure they’re secure.

Step 5

Seal cracks with more gold glue

Repeat brushing on the gold adhesive mixture and gluing the ceramic pieces back together. Once all of the pieces are glued, use a fine-tip brush to brush a coat of the gold adhesive mixture over all cracks. This helps seal them and enhances the look of the golden cracks. Let the glue cure completely before using or displaying your item.

Step 6

Kintsugi with Aleene’s Glass & Bead

Now that you know you can use Aleene’s Glass & Bead Adhesive to glue ceramics back together, you can get creative with repairs or giving items some artistic flair with Kintsugi.

Step 7

How to glue ceramics back together

What will you make with Aleene’s Glass & Bead Adhesive? Tag us on social using #aleenesdiy and let us know!

Published Date

September 14, 2020

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How to Glue Ceramics Back Together: Kintsugi Art