Kintsugi is originally a traditional technique of repairing vessels using lacquer. Recently, I have come to see Kintsugi in various places, but there are various ways to do it, and all of them are called "Kintsugi". Each person has a different method, but there are roughly three methods. It looks similar, but the materials used are very different.
① How to fix using only lacquer, natural materials, genuine gold and genuine silver
(2) A method in which only adhesion is performed with resin and the surface is finished with lacquer.
③ How to use adhesives, synthetic paints, alloy powders such as brass powder and aluminum powder
Specialized knowledge, experience, and skills are required to handle lacquer. Repairing lacquer takes time, but it can be used for a long time. The gold, silver, and lacquer used are natural materials, so it is safe to repair tableware . It will take at least 2-3 months. If you want to pay for a repair, or if you want to study in a Kintsugi class, we recommend using lacquer. (Lacquer will get a rash, so please handle it with care.)
Since this also handles lacquer, specialized knowledge, experience, and skills are required. Since the bonding is done with resin, it will be finished in a relatively short period of time compared to bonding with lacquer. Lacquer, real gold, and real silver are used for the work after bonding. There is almost no technical difference from ①, and there is no difference in the appearance of the finished product. It will be finished in about 1 to 2 months. Since the surface is finished with lacquer, the resin does not come into contact with food . It is suitable when you want to fix it in a hurry. Depending on the material to be bonded, there is an advantage that it is bonded more strongly than bonding with lacquer.
It can be done in a relatively short time and does not require specialized knowledge. Suitable for hands-on workshops. Many of the items sold as the first Kintsugi and Easy Kintsugi are here. (Books too)
Be careful, you may be using something that is harmful to the human body. Also, it is very easy to peel off and is not suitable for everyday tableware. If it is simple, it will be finished in one day.
New lacquer, to sell synthetic, with even the even synthetic paint has been described as a special lacquer taken from lacquer plant belonging to the family, please note that not a lacquer. Alloy powder is also said to be harmful to the human body.
Anyone can easily do it, so it is recommended for those who are new to Kintsugi and want to know the atmosphere.
What I am doing is ① and ② using lacquer. It is difficult to understand the difference in appearance, but I hope you will know that there is a difference. There are cases where lacquer is not used even in famous places that appear on TV and magazines, or in places that are caught in the top of the search, so please check it carefully and choose the one that suits you.
Kintsugi is interesting! If you think about it, I would like you to choose a genuine Kintsugi made of lacquer.
Story of lacquer tree
Lacquer used for Kintsugi. Although it is not well known, most of the lacquer currently used in Japan is imported from China. The self-sufficiency rate of domestic lacquer is 2%! !! It is a number that completely loses the culture of lacquer when imports are cut off.
Finally ... in the 15 years from seedlings
Once the lacquer is no longer taken,
I will cut it
Raise basal shoots,
Planting new seedlings ...
In addition, it will take several years, a dozen years ...
Lacquer is made by collecting and refining the sap of lacquer trees. It takes about 15 years from planting seedlings to growing so that lacquer can be collected. Since the sap is collected by damaging the trunk, there is a limit to the amount that can be obtained from a single tree (200 cc in one season from a single tree!), And it will be cut down if it cannot be collected. It will take several years to a dozen years before new trees can be planted and lacquer can be collected. Lacquer is produced by repeating the long cycle.