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The neck of the decanter was broken in many pieces and was repaired . The repair was unacceptable and I needed a plan B. The design engraved on the antique glass decanter gave me a good place to cut off the broken parts.
I fabricated a new neck and stone cut the design .
The replacement part looks good and makes the antique cut glass decanter usable again. The set is complete and ready for the next party.
The antique decanter had a stopper broken off in the neck . I drilled the stuck stopper out of the crystal decanter. Then I make a new stopper and had to fit it in the neck.
The frosted area is were I ground the new part of the stopper to fit the antique glass decanter. I used # 120 grit first to hand lapped the stopper . I repeated the lapping process using # 220 grit , # 400 grit , and # 600 grit followed by polishing . The antique glass decanters had polished stoppers.
Bringing the the family heirloom back to its original beauty is very rewarding. They need to clean the stopper when there is sweet liquor being stored in the antique glass decanter . This will prevent the stopper from getting stuck again.
The antique glass penguin was broken and put away years ago. The glass was discovered and the search was on to find some one to repair it. The one fin was broken off and many of the small pieces were lost. That Steuben Crystal penguin held memories of years go by.
I used a piece of Steuben Crystal to sculpt the replacement wing because of the color . Steuben is forty nine percent lead and very clear. The lead also makes it very soft so I have to use the very best cerium oxide for the final step in the polishing process.
The rare Daum Glass turtle had a chip on the shell. Grinding and polishing the chip is not an option. The difficulty is matching the density when filling the chip. Antique Daum cast glass has a lot of detail and color . The translucent glass is very beautiful.
The blue stem Orrefors candlesticks were broken in many places both the candle cups and one of the bases. I needed to make replacement candle cups and reattach the base.
The Waterford crystal lamp was sent to me from Pennsylvania for repair. The base of he lamp was broken off and they didn’t have all the pieces . There was a crack a running up the bottom and I had to carefully control the crack and turn it so it ran back to the bottom. I didn’t want the crack to run up to the top of the lamp.
I looked and found a Waterford Crystal bowl to make the new base out of.
Cut off broken parts from the bottom of the lamp.
I loop the crack back down and remove piece so it can be repaired. The lamp is stable now by controlling the crack we minimized its in-pack. Little cracks only stay little for awhile.
Smooth and polish the parts for reassembly .
Using a Waterford Crystal bowl I made a new base for the lamp complete with Waterford logo.
Drill a large hole in the bowl.
The chip was to large to be ground and polished. I needed to make a replacement glass neck. The small crystal bottle also needed a new stopper.
I cut off the broken neck and polished the top of the bottle.
Made the new neck
The lead glass crucifix had a large chip in the base. A cross like his is on the grave of Rene LaLique the founder of LaLique Crystal .
It’s not an expensive piece but she needed it back together . The antique opalescent pressed glass bowl was broken into many pieces.
The breaks were very clean there were no little chips . This made it a very good repair .