How To Fix A Broken Vase… By Embroidering It!
It’s always a sad day when an accident leads to the destruction of your favorite, or prized, vase. Maybe it was a family heirloom or maybe it was a thrifting find that you cherish. Either way, you’re desperate for a way to bring your vase back to life without having drops of superglue outlining all the cracks.
Instead of dried superglue drops around the cracks of your broken vase, decorate with gold!
A Japanese method for repairing broken vases, Kintsugi, involves a special lacquer of gold, silver, or platinum. The goal is to repair the vase without disguising it – to make the repair part of the new design. You end up with your prized vase with a tribute, so to speak, to its history.
In recent years, a few artists were inspired by the traditional Japanese method and put their own twist on it. Instead of filling the cracks with decorative lacquer, they use an embroidery method to repair the vase. This method does require fabric to cover the vase entirely – it’s really a complete makeover for the vase to mimic the philosophy behind the Kintsugi method.
First, you should wrap each broken piece with fabric and then use any thread you like, but a bright gold really does the trick, to connect those pieces together. Your vase may not be functional, but it will continue to be a beautiful, decorative piece in your home or office.
Below you can see the original broken pieces of the vase, those pieces wrapped in fabric, and then the final product of each piece brought back together with embroidery thread.