Kintsugi is an ancient art that teaches us that there is beauty in imperfection. Artists would take broken pottery, porcelain, or glass and repair it using gold. The cracks would stand out as gold lines instead of disappearing to make the item appear brand new. The cracks become a part of the beauty of the item.
Make your own kintsugi the next time you drop a glass. This is not the traditional method but an easier and cheaper version with similar results.
What You Need:
Prepare the Glass
Use the sandpaper to rough up the edges of the broken glass. This will not only make the epoxy stick better but will also prevent cuts while you are working with the glass. Wear gloves.
Wash the glass pieces and then dry them with a lint-free cloth.
Mix the Epoxy
Pour the gold powder onto the paper plate so it's in a small pile in the middle.
Remove a small piece of one part of the epoxy putty and dip it into the gold powder. Roll it around a little to get plenty of gold on it. Repeat with a piece from the second part of the epoxy.
Knead and mix the two gold covered epoxy parts together until they completely mix.
Let the epoxy sit for about 20 minutes.
Dip your fingers in water. This keeps the putty from sticking to your hands.
Place small amounts of the gold epoxy putty along the edge of a broken piece of glass.
Use the toothpick to help you manipulate the putty so you have an even line of it along the edge of the glass.
Press this piece into another piece of glass, fitting it like a puzzle.
Repeat with the rest of the glass pieces until your project is whole again, but more beautiful.
Let the putty cure based on packaging instructions.
Tips and Tricks
Don't use tiny pieces of broken glass. They are impossible to glue in place. Instead, fill in those gaps with extra putty.
Make sure you know the correct order of the broken glass pieces before you begin. Putty is easy to manipulate and sculpt for some time, but you'll become frustrated if you don't plan ahead.
Don't freak out at the idea of buying gold powder. Small amounts are all you need and you can even find fake gold powder if you want to spend very little money.
Epoxy putty comes in two parts. One is the hardener. Try to get equal amounts of each part when mixing for the best results.
Once cured, the result is beautifully repaired glass that doesn't look as good as new. In fact, it looks better. For professional assistance, contact specialists, such as those from City Window & Glass Commercial Doors.