Bruening Glass Works - repairing crystal for over 100 years
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Archive for December, 2011

Antique Glass Chandelier Repair / candelabra /crystal bobeche replacement

Saturday, December 31st, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair, Blowen Glass Replacements, Chandelier Repair | Comments Off on Antique Glass Chandelier Repair / candelabra /crystal bobeche replacement

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.

 

Bobeche Blank

Rough cutting the shape is next.

 

Rough Cutting Crystal Blank

 

Using smoothing stones the glass is given a 400 to 600 grit finish and ready for polishing.

Bobeche before polishing

 

 

Crystal Bobeche and replacement

The replacement crystal  bobeches are marked for drilling the holes.

 

Crystal Bobeche and replacement

 

 

Replacement Bobeche

 

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.

 

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Antique Glass Repair broken crystal basket

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Antique Glass Repair broken crystal basket

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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antique glass repair vintage coffee pot

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Blowen Glass Replacements | Comments Off on antique glass repair vintage coffee pot

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.

 

Broken Glass from antique Coffee Pot

 

 

Replacement Glass for antique coffee pot

 

 

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 .

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antique crystal repair broken glass handles

Monday, December 26th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware | Comments Off on antique crystal repair broken glass handles

The cut glass sugar bowl was missing two handles.  They broke off years ago.

 

crystal bowl missing handles

 

 

Using the handles of a old broken glass bowl I replaced the missing glass pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

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Crystal Award Repair Broken Glass Trophie

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Glueings | Comments Off on Crystal Award Repair Broken Glass Trophie

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 .

Broken Crystal Award

 

Broken Crystal Base

 

 

First step ground flat

 

 

 

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Antique Steuben Glass Candlestick Repair Broken Crystal Top

Monday, December 12th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Crystal Candlestick repair, Steuben Crystal, Steuben Crystal Repair | Comments Off on Antique Steuben Glass Candlestick Repair Broken Crystal Top

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.

Broken Steuben Crystal Candlestick Repair

 

 

Glass Replacement Part

 

 

 

 

 

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Antique glass eye cup repair broken foot

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware | Comments Off on Antique glass eye cup repair broken foot

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 .

Green Glass Eye Cup With New Foot

Antique Glass Eye Cup

I made a new foot for the vintage glass eye cup.

 

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Crystal Repair broken frosted glass figurine

Monday, December 5th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Figurine, glass sculpture repair | Comments Off on Crystal Repair broken frosted glass figurine

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 .

fusing glass leg

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 .

Repaired Glass Leopard

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Antique glass tray repair engraved mirror

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Etched Glass | Comments Off on Antique glass tray repair engraved mirror

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.

 

Engraved Glass Tray

 

The replacement etched glass tray may not be a perfect match but it is close enough to hold the memories.

 

 

 

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