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    Thursday, October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Research in Art Scholarship by | No Comments »

    Kintsugi

    My project is utilizing and expanding upon the traditional Japanese method of Kintsugi. The following video by Nerdwriter1 explains the ideology behind the repair process of kintsugi:

    Problem Solving

    By joining shards from several ceramic items together, rather than just one, I departed from the traditional use of kintsugi and by necessity some of the traditional materials, most notably the resin. The lacquer resin traditionally used in kintsugi really only works if the pieces fit tightly together, such as they would if they had originally been part of the same object. Since I am working with several broken objects instead of just one, I did not have the necessary well fitted edges and had to find a different joiner that would allow me to attach the shards together. I first tried multipurpose epoxy resin. However, I was having difficulty preventing the resin from running and keeping the individual tesserae from sliding out of place. I asked around the ceramic department and several people suggested Magic Sculpt epoxy, which is a polymer that acts like clay while it is wet. This turned out to work well for me. I felt like I had more control over how the joint looked, such as the shards were less likely to slip from where I placed them and I was able to fill any gaps between them as well. Also, I had more control over the Magic sculpt because it is not a liquid, and I was able to prevent unsightly runs.

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