Food safe Kintsugi repair kit - Starter TSUGUKIT - (Traditional Japanese urushi lacquer and 0.1 g of Genuine 23 kt Gold Powder included)
■Important: Raw Urushi
Traditional kintsugi is based on the use of raw urushi, which can cause allergic reactions (skin rashes) when it comes into contact with the skin. The intensity and persistence of rashes vary depending on people. Raw urushi should always be handled with care while wearing gloves. It is also advised to wear long sleeves. In case of rashes, please seek the advice of a doctor.
■ Starter TSUGUKIT
The Starter TSUGUKIT is suitable for an affordable kit to get started with traditional kintsugi repair. It contains the essential materials you need to get started with kintsugi and work on your first restoration project.
The materials included in the TSUGUKIT are all natural and food-safe. The creation of the TSUGUKIT was supervised by Katsuya Shibata, an artisan who has over 30 years of experience with Japanese lacquerware. Kintsugi may seem complicated at first, but the TSUGUKIT breaks down kintsugi into 5 steps that are easy to follow. The instructions are provided in English and Japanese.
A lot of kintsugi kits you can find online include cheaper materials such as epoxy, instant adhesives, and synthetic urushi, but we have decided to stick to the natural materials traditionally used in kintsugi. With TSUGUTKIT, we intend to share the beautiful art of kintsugi with the world and help people cherish for a very long time the objects they have.
■ TSUGUKIT size - 23.3 cm x 11.3 cm x 3.0 cm
Raw urushi (30 g), wood/polishing powder (approx. 8 ml), black/bengal red powder (approx. 3 ml), fine-point brush, plastic spatula, bamboo spatula, one pallet, one dropper, waterproof sandpaper, sandpaper, genuine gold powder (0.1 g), 1 cotton balls, masking tape, a pair of rubber gloves (Japanese M size), and a kintsugi manual.
■ What is kintsugi?
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold. The broken pieces are first put back together using Japanese lacquer, also called “urushi.” The lacquer is then dusted with gold powder. It is estimated that the kintsugi repair technique was developed during the Muromachi period (1336–1573 CE). At the time, the art of kintsugi was often used to repair ceramics used in the tea ceremony.
Rather than hiding the cracks, kintsugi highlights them with gold. Items repaired with kintsugi become more precious than before they were broken and they can even turn into real pieces of art.
【What should you prepare while waiting for TSUGUKIT?】
Tissues, one pair of scissors, utility knife, all-purpose flour, oil (canola or salad oil), water, additional rubber gloves, ethanol for disinfection use (+/- 70°), an urushi box (carton, wooden or plastic box which can be closed with a lid), plastic wrap and rubber bands if applicable.
【How many broken items can you repair with TSUGUKIT?】
Since each broken item is different, it is hard to say precisely how many items you could repair with our kit. However, we estimate that you should be able to repair the equivalent of 1-2 broken plates with the TSUGUKIT Starter.
If you have a lot of items to repair, be careful to not use all the gold powder in one go. If you need larger quantities of gold, you can go for the Traditional TSUGUKIT or the Gold-Only TSUGUKIT, or purchase in advance refills for gold powder (0.3 g or 0.5 g). Other food safe finishing powders such as silver and platinum are also available. You can also purchase finishing powder in your hardware store, but please note that a lot of metal powders sold in such stores are rarely food-safe. Make sure to double-check that the powder is food safe before using it on pieces of tableware you intend to keep using in your daily life.
■ Warning !!
- The urushi lacquer provided in our kits is raw and it can cause skin irritation and rashes when put in direct contact with the skin. That is why we strongly recommend using rubber gloves and wearing long sleeves when doing kintsugi. Please note that we are not responsible for rashes caused by this product.
- If you experience a rash when using the kintsugi kit, please stop using it immediately. Always seek the advice of a physician for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
■ Shipping worldwide
It takes about 6-10 days on average.
Please note we are not responsible for delays incurred by the transporter, custom clearance, or particular circumstances including but not limited to the interruption of postal services to certain countries, natural disasters or wars.
Please note that customers are responsible for the payment of local import taxes and related fees. Moreover, we cannot ship to P.O. boxes.
For more details regarding import taxes (IOSS system, etc.), returns and refunds, please refer to our shipping policy.