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This antique crystal bobeche is from a late 1700’s early 1800’s candelabra that was electrified. I needed to make two replacement bobeches . The first step is to make the glass blanks.
Rough cutting the shape is next.
Using smoothing stones the glass is given a 400 to 600 grit finish and ready for polishing.
The replacement crystal bobeches are marked for drilling the holes.
I also made replacement arms for this chandelier shown in the picture. I will post picture showing the process I use to duplicate the solid crystal arms.
The antique cut glass basket had a broken bottom. I cut off the broken part and made a new bottom of the antique cut glass plate.
- Broken Crystal Basket
The coffee pot came to the United States from Italy when grandpa came . It was passed down from father to son and from son to grand son. I was able to make a replacement glass.
The coffee pot will be passed on to the great grand son some day along with the story of how his great grand father brought the pot from the old country .
The cut glass sugar bowl was missing two handles. They broke off years ago.
Using the handles of a old broken glass bowl I replaced the missing glass pieces.
My first Crystal Bowling Trophy repair. A true treasure with enormous sentimental value brings you back to the glory days of bowling. A friend found the broken award and sent it to me restoration. It had been broken forever .
The Steuben Crystal Teardrop Candlestick is one of the largest candlesticks they made. It is very common for people to forget to put out the candles after dinner. When the candle burns down the heat cracks the candle cup. I have repaired many of these over the years by making a new candle cup.
This is the first antique glass eye cup I have ever see and repaired . I tried it to see if it worked. I get pumice in my eye some times when polishing. When this piece was sent to me it only had a half a foot. I cut off what was left of the foot and ground the stem flat. I made a new green glass foot. When making a new foot it is important to add some imperfections. The old foot had seeds and cords in it. Seeds are small bubbles and cords are lines of distortion created from impurities in the glass .
I made a new foot for the vintage glass eye cup.
The broken glass leopard is made from borosilicate glass ( pyrex ). This type of glass has a very low expansion coefficient so it can be reheated . There is a small piece missing were the leg broke.
Most pieces of glass can not be fused back together so I use UV cured adhesive .
I used a torch and fused the broken glass leg . I shaped the leg and fill in the area were the chip was missing. I frosted the area to matched .
The antique glass tray was broken and repairing the pieces was not an option. I used the old glass for a pattern . Then using a variety stones , grinding wheels and diamond wheels I recreated a new engraved glass tray.
The replacement etched glass tray may not be a perfect match but it is close enough to hold the memories.