means "golden joinery" is the centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics.  The artisans use lacquer dusted or mixed with precious metals such as gold, silver or platinum. Contrary to our modern throw away lifestyles, the Japanese embrace the imperfect and regard the breakage and repair as part of the object's history. 

There are some awesome modern day kintsugi pottery designs. However, you can also find kintsugi inspired jewelry designs!

Shown above and below are porcelain kintsugi pendants by by OeiCeramics which is based in The Netherlands.  These ceramic pendants are not actually broken - 24K gold luster is added and the pieces were refired. 

This clever Japanese tea bowl kintsugi inspired brooch below is by UK designer Kate Rowland of  kateslittlestore. It's made from laser cut wood and acrylic. 

Atrio's Portuguese Azulejo tile inspired polymer clay jewelry is amazing.  Here is their version of kintsugi jewelry with this elegant pair of blue Minton's Willow pattern earrings :

This minimalist African Black Wood and Resin ring by Canadian wood ring designer Brett Griffin of BCGD rocks kintsugi too!


Want to make your own kintsugi jewelry but not up to ceramics or metal work?  Check out this kintsugi inspired polymer clay tutorial . The designer and instructor is Samantha Burroughs of JessamaDesign (she has many unique tools, tutorials in her store). 

She deliberately breaks the polymer clay pieces and fixes them with gold colored liquid polymer clay. But you can also fix actual broken polymer clay pieces too!

H/T to Aims of BigBlueBarnDesigns for inspiring this post.

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