I wanted my DIY kinsugi bowl to look like some sort of weird space rock, or rare mineral. And when we honeymooned in Washington DC, I spent hours in the Natural History museum where I verified that my results were spot-on.
Here was the process I went through to make it…
- I used four blocks of polymer clay (2 black, 2 translucent) and mixed them together til they were marbled in appearance.
- I rolled them out onto a sheet with fine and coarse salt spread out on the rolling surface for texture, and cut out a large circle.
- I draped the circle over the bottom of an Anchor borosylicate glass bowl (like Pyrex so it’s oven safe).
- I baked the piece according to the polymer clay’s package directions.
- I let it cool completely.
- Then soaked it in lukewarm water to dissolve the embedded salt.
- I used an old toothbrush to get it completely clean.
- Then I threw the bowl repeatedly onto the floor as hard as I could until it broke into several pieces.
- I glued those pieces back together with E-600 glue, being generous and letting the glue bulge up through the join seams.
- Once it was completely dry, I used a very fine paintbrush and Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding in silver to paint over the glue, highlighting the re-joined seams of the bowl.
- I sealed everything with spray-on polycrylic.