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Archive for November, 2011

Antique Glass Repair Broken Cut Crystal Decanter

Thursday, November 24th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Blowen Glass Replacements, Broken Decanter Repair, sick glass | Comments Off on Antique Glass Repair Broken Cut Crystal Decanter

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 .

 

Stain on the bottom of decanter " sick "

 

 

 

A new neck for an antique glass decanter

 

 

Stone cut design on new neck

 

 

Antique Glass Decanter

 

 

New neck antique glass decanter

 

The replacement part looks good and makes the antique  cut glass decanter usable again.  The set is complete and ready for the next party.

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Antique Glass Repair broken stopper

Monday, November 21st, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | 1 Comment »

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.

 

Antique Glass Decanter fit new stopper

 

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.

 

Antique Crystal Decanter with Polished Neck

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Antique Glass Repair Seuben Crystal Penguin

Sunday, November 13th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Crystal Repair Pictures, Steuben Crystal, Steuben Crystal Repair | Comments Off on Antique Glass Repair Seuben Crystal Penguin

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.

 

Steuben Crystal Penguin Repair

 

A piece of Steubn Crystal from a broken ashtray

 

 

new wing

 

Remove broken wing

 

Sizing Up New Wing

 

New Wing

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.

 

 

 

 

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Antique Glass Repair Chipped Daum Turtle

Friday, November 11th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, Crystal Repair Pictures | Comments Off on Antique Glass Repair Chipped Daum Turtle

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.

antique chipped glass repair

 

 

 

 

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Crystal repair broken Orrefors candlestick

Friday, November 11th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Broken Stem, Crystal Candlestick repair, Crystal Repair Pictures, Orrafors Crystal | Comments Off on Crystal repair broken Orrefors candlestick

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.

 

Replacement Pieces

 

 

 

 

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Waterford Crystal Repair Broken Lamp

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique lamp repair, Crystal Repair Pictures, Glueings, Waterford Crystal, Waterford Crystal Repair | Comments Off on Waterford Crystal Repair Broken Lamp

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.

 

Broken Waterford Lamp Base

I looked and found a Waterford Crystal bowl to make the new base out of.

 

Brioken glass lamp

Cut off broken parts from the bottom of the  lamp.

 

Crack running up

 

 

 

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.

 

New base for lamp

Smooth and polish the parts for reassembly .

 

 

 

Hole for lamp cord

 

 

Using a Waterford Crystal bowl I made a new base for the lamp complete with Waterford logo.

 

Drill a large hole in the bowl.

 

Waterford Table Lamp

 

 

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Crystal perfume bottle chipped and broken neck repair and new stopper

Monday, November 7th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | Comments Off on Crystal perfume bottle chipped and broken neck repair and new stopper

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.

Before

I cut off the broken neck and polished the top of the bottle.

 

 

 

Made the new neck

 

 

 

 

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Chipped Crystal Repair LaLique Glass Cross

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair | Comments Off on Chipped Crystal Repair LaLique Glass Cross

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 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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antique glass bowl repair broken pressed glass

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware | Comments Off on antique glass bowl repair broken pressed glass

It’s not an expensive piece but she needed it back together .  The  antique opalescent  pressed glass bowl was broken into many pieces.

Broke Antique Glass Bowl Before Repair

The breaks were very clean there were no little chips . This made it a very good repair .

 

Antique Pressed Glass Bowl After Restoration

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