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Archive for the ‘Antique Glass Repair’ Category

Archive for the ‘Antique Glass Repair’ Category

Crystal Repair Wine Glass with broken stem

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Broken Stem, Stemware repair | Comments Off on Crystal Repair Wine Glass with broken stem

These wine glasses were sent from Italy for restoration. They survived  two world wars and succumb to a family move. They hold many memories and toasted many events .

Luckily the bowls were not damaged .  They were in need of a stem and foot transplant.

 

broken stem and foot

broken stem and foot

 

Draw pattern of stem to maintain correct height.

line drawing of stem needed

line drawing of stem needed

 

new stem

new stem

 

ground to size

ground to size

 

family  treasures

family treasures

 

 

 

 

 

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Antique crystal candlestick repair

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Crystal Candlestick repair, Glueings | Comments Off on Antique crystal candlestick repair

This verrrrry  old crystal candlestick net its demise like many candle holders .  The candle was allowed to burn down and the flame crack the crystal candle cup.  This one of the finest cut glass pieces I have had the pleasure to restore.

broken candle cup

broken candle cup

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blown glass blank replacement piece

 

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replacement crystal candle cup

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replacement installed

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hand cut crystal top

 

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CRYSTAL REPAIR CHANDELIER ANTIQUE PRISM

Friday, May 8th, 2015 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Chandelier Repair | Comments Off on CRYSTAL REPAIR CHANDELIER ANTIQUE PRISM

The  antique crystal  chandelier was in disrepair. One of the crystal spires was broken.   We cast a mold  using one of the old prisms as a pattern . First a rough cast is make of crystal . Then the casting is ground and polish . Then the  brass feral from the old broken prism is attached .

casting sample prism

casting sample prism

 

A high temp ceramic mold is made .

rough casting

rough casting

The mold is then filled with crystal and place in a kiln for annealing.

 

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smooth casting

smooth casting

 

The  rough casting is made smooth using #100 # 200 and #400 grit smoothing stones.

polish prism

polish prism

 

The crystal is hand polished using a cork wheel with pumis  and the final step is a felt wheel with cerium oxide.

Add the brass feral

Add the brass feral

 

The  brass feral was remove from the old broken prism and installed on the new replacement.

The antique crystal chandelier is back to its original glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Antique Bent Glass Lamp Repair

Monday, June 16th, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair, Bent Glass, Glass Globe | Comments Off on Antique Bent Glass Lamp Repair

Changing the light bulb was traumatic for the antique glass shade.   It fell and the majority of the panels were broken.

 

broken antique glass shade

broken antique glass shade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the top pieces were broken and some of the bottom pieces.   The top pieces were the most difficult to fit.

Broken antique slag lamp

Broken antique slag lamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

antique slag lamp repair

antique slag lamp repair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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antique glass lamp restoration

antique glass lamp restoration

 

 

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beveled glass lens antique gauge barometer

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, antique gauge glass, Antique Glass Repair, Beveled glass lens, clock glass | Comments Off on beveled glass lens antique gauge barometer

The beveled glass lens in the antique barometer was cracked.  The tolerances are very tight fitting the glass in the brass bezel. The glass is friction fit .  It is not glued in .

 

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antique beveled glass lens

antique beveled glass lens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

brass bezel with glass

brass bezel with glass

 

 

 

 

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crystal repair chipped and broken lamp

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair | Comments Off on crystal repair chipped and broken lamp

The crystal lamp was broken and the base has a large  chip .  The solution was to reshape the base .

broken glass lamp

broken glass lamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grind and polish glass chip.

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Victorian Antique Cut Glass Window for century home

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Beveled Glass, Etched Glass | Comments Off on Victorian Antique Cut Glass Window for century home

The windows have been broken for years .  You can’t go to the corner hardware store to get replacement glass for your century home. Old glass is not sand blasted.  It was frosted by hand  using an abrasive and rubbing it on the glass

cut glass design

cut glass design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cut glass design  on vintage glass

cut glass design on vintage glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cut glass win 2

cut glass window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Victorian home was being restored and two of the window by the front door were broken .   I used  old  glass that has a wavy surface , some pits and small bubbles.   The glass lath  I used to cut the design is older than the windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glass Sculpture Restoration Large Horse missing pieces

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Figurine, glass sculpture repair | Comments Off on Glass Sculpture Restoration Large Horse missing pieces

The first step was to remove what was left of the mane.

Broken Mane

Broken Mane

 

Grind and polish area smooth.

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Create the new glass mane.

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Attach the new glass mane to the Italian sculpture.

 

Attach the new glass

 

The sculpture is ready to be displayed.

 

 

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crystal repair broken stopper chipped glass

Monday, November 11th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | Comments Off on crystal repair broken stopper chipped glass

The stopper was in bad shape .  It was broken in three places and  there were some pieces missing.  I needed to add a pieces of glass to get the right height. The decanter is a beautiful cobalt blue cut to clear .  The plug of the stopper was broken off. That is the part that is ground to fit the neck of the decanter.

Crystal stopper repair

Broken stopper with missing pieces

stopper repair

Added cut glass piece to the middle and a new plug.

fit stopper to decanter

Ground and fit the new plug to fit the neck of the decanter.

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CRYSTAL DECANTER REPAIR CHIPPED AND BROKEN NECK

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | Comments Off on CRYSTAL DECANTER REPAIR CHIPPED AND BROKEN NECK

The antique decanter had a large chip and a crack running down and across the neck.  Over the years the large chip that can off was lost.  The crystal decanter was also cloudy on the  inside from decades of use. The stopper was missing also.  The fist challenge was to stop the crack from traveling any farther.

crystal decanter repair

crystal decanter repair

 

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Old broken neck and the new one .

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Cloudy glass

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Copper wheel engraving

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Repaired decanter with new neck

 

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Making new stopper

 

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Cut ten facets in new stopper to match decanter

 

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