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post #1 of 8 Old 09-10-2019, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone advice and/or product recommendation for someone wanting to try this for the first time?

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-10-2019, 11:25 AM
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I know nothing about it, but I search 'kintsugi" and check videos. There a many about it.

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Don - what exactly is it that you want to try ?

the definition of "Kintsugi" is to repair broken pottery
and highlight the joined seams with gold.
I can't find anything in google about using it on wood items in particular.
but of course, if you have a wooden dish, bowl, urn, goblet, etc.
that you wanted to break up and put back together, it would be
a fairly easy process.
go to any art and crafts store: Hobby Lobby, Michaels, probably even
walmart, etc and find some glue (or even fingernail polish) that is
gold colored to cover the seams with.
I would use regular TiteBond II for assembly of a wooden item and
use the gold colored glue just for the aesthetics. (or any color you desire).
if you did not want to go through the process of breaking up an item,
you can just apply the gold colored glue (or nail polish) in a pattern
that would imitate a repaired item using the Kintsugi method.
now, if you wanted to use real 23k gold leaf, that takes it into a whole other
skill set. I would see what you can find in the crafts store first to practice with.
option #2 would be to find some gold colored powder and mix with epoxy.
this takes a steady hand as a small smudge sets you back to the start.

if you could explain a little more in detail of what you want to do,
it may help with better feedback.
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Thanks, John.

What I'm working on is making a 6x6 sunburst pattern with pieces of pine and walnut. "Miniature parquetry" is probably the best way to describe it. Given my skill level and available tools there will be a few spaces between some of the pieces, so I thought something gold and shiny would be appropriate.

I'd attach photos, but I'm still in the "s***, that didn't work." stage of progress. :-)

I'll stop at Michaels this morning.
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Don - I have seen several products that would work for your project.
one is a hot melt glue that is "gold colored" - I have no clue how close
it to being "shiny".
this is something you will have to experiment with.
be aware that some of those liquid gold colored finishes "could" soak or bleed
into the wood grain.
so again, experiment thoroughly.
looking forward to seeing your project !!

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I read a magazine article about filling crack in wood with dark epoxy to emphasize the cracks as artistic design elements of the project. The photos looked somewhat like the pottery above. They never mentioned "kintzugi" by name. Could that be it?
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if you google kintsugi, as I did, (I've never heard of it either),
it tells about an ancient Japanese dynasty that had a cup crack
and they sent it back to the manufacturer for repair.
that is how the owner got it back - gold enhanced repairs.
archaeologists projects with glued pieces and a contrasting filler
where the original piece can not be found is my cupa tea !!

I have been carrying around an old vintage terracotta pine rosin collection pot
for years. I have most of the pieces but some fragments are missing.
this might be a good time to get it out and put it together for a project post.

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Brass filings and superglue. A poorman's substitute for goldflake and acrylic. :-)

I can live with this. I'll try to remember to post the final project.
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