My newfound hobby is with Kintsugi - which I don't find very different from jewelry making. It requires the same kind of meticulous patience. This antique Rosenthal mouse was left behind by my grandmother (who was strangely afraid of mice). After my trip to Japan and brief Kintsugi course with Waka Artisans in Hong Kong, I decided to try this lovely ancient art for myself. 

The process starts with combining a mixture of dark Urushi and stone powder to develop a paste which is moulded into the desired shape or to fill in cracks. After about 2-3 weeks of drying, 'Bengara-urushi' or red Urushi is applied and dried. The process is repeated after which gold powder is applied. 

The original mouse with chipped ears

The result

August 14, 2019 — Esin Nalbantoglu

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