Bruening Glass Works - repairing crystal for over 100 years
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Rocky River, Ohio 44116

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Custom Bent Glass for antique crown glass door bubble out

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Bent Glass, bubble convex glass | 1 Comment »

Antique china cabinets in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s use to have very intricate designed  wood mullions  in the doors.  They  would install glass that bubbled out between the wood.  This is called crown glass or bubble glass.  Pennsylvania House Furniture also used this technique in there breakfronts. We made replacement glass for Pennsylvania House Furniture for many years .  We custom make replacement glass for any antique  cabinet doors.  The curve in the  glass is not simple radius .

Bent glass for antique china cabinet door

Antique crown glass replacement

I make a custom mold for each piece no two bent crown glass  doors are the same.


curved glass for antique funture

Curved replacement glass


In the very old pieces of furniture the glass was putty in place .  They did not use wood stops to hold in the glass.   They would use Portland cement in the putty .  This makes the putty very hard and you have to grind it off to install the replacement curved glass.


Antique Bubble Glass Door/ Crown Glass


The real work come matching the antique glazing that holds the glass in the wood door.  First you tint the putty and install the glass.  Then I use pitch to darken it more and give it the aged dirty look.


first step in glazing door glass



New glazing made to look old



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Antique glass perfume bottle repair

Saturday, May 14th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | Comments Off on Antique glass perfume bottle repair

The antique perfume bottle has been in the family for many years it holds a lot of sentimental value .  The bottle has been broken for over fifteen years . The local glass companies and antique dealers in  Miami Fla. said it was not repairable .  Her husband persisted and told her she would find someone to repair it keep looking.

Antique Glass Perfume Bottle Repair

Antique Glass Perfume Bottle with broken neck

The antique amber perfume bottle was sent to me with a broken neck and broken dauber.  First step in the restoration process is to remove the broken neck on the antique glass bottle. Great care is taken to remove what was left of the neck with out damaging the bottle.

amber bottle repair

no neck


repair antique glass bottle new neck

antique glass bottle new neck


After connecting the new neck to the old bottle the stopper is ground to fit.

fit the stopper

fit the stopper

Replacement dauber for antique glass bottle.

Stopper  and dauber repair

Stopper and dauber repair


antique amber glass perfume bottle restoration

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crystal punch bowl repair broken antique cut glass

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Glueings | 1 Comment »

The crystal bowl was broken in many pieces .  His wife  said just through it a way.   I can repair the antique cut glass bowl so they can use it.




Punch bowl after repair


This bowl is ready for the party .   Spike the punch some one is out of the dog house.


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Antique Bent Glass Door, Double Bend Glass , Crown Glass Door, Compound Bent Glass, Antique Bent Glass,

Sunday, May 8th, 2011 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Bent Glass | Comments Off on Antique Bent Glass Door, Double Bend Glass , Crown Glass Door, Compound Bent Glass, Antique Bent Glass,


The email reads “I have a door to an antique cabinet and it needs glass can you help” ?   Its a bent glass but its not a radius. Yes I can make a custom bent glass for the door.   It’s called

Antique cabinet door

double bend , camel back, or bubble glass and every one is a different profile . I can make a custom mold  to fit the profile of the door .  This door has a beautiful inlay design made from wood.

Bruening Glass Works makes the complex bends that other companies can’t .

Double Bent Glass


Double bend, Camel back glass, Crown glass

Replacing the broken glass restores the value of this piece.  Now when it comes to auction in New York City it will demand top dollar.

curved glass double bend


We can bend single strength glass, double strength glass  3/16 “inch glass, 1/4 “inch  glass,  3/8 “inch  glass,  1/2 “inch  glass,and   3/4 “inch  glass. Custom bent glass is our specialty .  We can bend any shape.

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