How To Create Your Own Kintsugi Bowl
Kintsugi – or the art of making the broken beautiful again – is right on trend, and a great way to bring broken teacups and saucers back to life. But you don’t have to break a plate to have a go at this craft, as Penelope Quinn shows us here. Check out her step-by-step Kintsugi bowl tutorial below, and learn how to create a faux version using air dry clay!
You Will Need:
- Air dry clay – about 400 grams
- Blue acrylic paints
- Gold acrylic paint
- Craft knife
- Deep embossed stamp
- A rolling pin
- Baking paper
- A shallow dish or plate
DIY Kintsugi Style Bowl
First, roll out your clay so it’s slightly larger than your dish, and about 0.5cm thick. I like to lay down some baking paper so the clay doesn’t stick to my work surface, but you can also use a sprinkling of cornflower.
Use a pen knife to trace around the outside of the bowl, and remove the excess.
Smooth down rough edges with your finger and some water.
Use a wood block stamp to make a bold pattern on the clay.
Press firmly so you get a deep impression.
Gently place the clay over the bowl, and work down the sides. Use more water and your finger to smooth out all the surfaces.
Use a pen or an embossing tool to carve a ‘cracked’ pattern into the bowl.
Leave overnight to dry. If it’s still damp after 24 hours, you can put it in your oven on very low heat for 10 – 20 minutes. When it’s dry, paint with two coats of blue paint.
Next, take a fine paintbrush and paint gold into the ‘cracks’ we created earlier.
Your crafting is complete! Once your project is dry, add your own decorative tealights to create a stylish centrepiece for your table, shelf or windowsill.
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