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Archive for the ‘Antique lamp repair’ Category

Archive for the ‘Antique lamp repair’ Category

Crystal repair broken antique glass bobeche

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair, Bobaches Boboches Bobeches, Chandelier Repair | Comments Off on Crystal repair broken antique glass bobeche

I was send a broken crystal bobeche from an antique chandelier. The antique glass bobeche was broken in many pieces and a couple of large pieces were missing. I cut off the part that was not broken .  I used a crystal bowl with the same design as the original bobeche to recreate the broken and missing  portion.  I needed to drill a large hole in the center and many small holes around the rim

 

Broken Crystal Bobeche

 

 

crystal bowl

 

crystal bowl part

Cut off the good part of broken bobeche

 

I cut off the good part of the old bobeche and ground the bottom of the new bowl flat.

 

 

 

Crystal Bobeche with Old Top

 

I drill the holes for the prism pins.

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Crystal Repair Antique Glass Chandelier Arm

Saturday, September 1st, 2012 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair, Chandelier Repair | Comments Off on Crystal Repair Antique Glass Chandelier Arm

The movers packed the chandelier like they always do ” wrong”.  They hung the chandelier in box fully assembled . You must take the arms off a chandelier before shipping. I have repaired hundreds of arms .

 

Crystal Chandelier Arm

 

The antique glass chandelier arm will be as strong as new after it is repaired .  When photographed on black you can see the repair if you look close .  When installed back on the chandelier the repair will be very hard to find.

Antique Glass Chandelier Arm

This repair could have been avoided if the mover had removed the arms before shipping.  Never ship a chandelier with the crystal arms attached.

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Antique Light Repair Bent glass panels

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique lamp repair, Bent Glass | Comments Off on Antique Light Repair Bent glass panels

The restoration of the old home included vintage light fixtures. The rust iron fixture had a couple of bent glass panels missing. The glass was a seedy glass. Seedy glass has a lot of bubbles and texture. Using a good panel I made a mold for bending the replacement curved glass.

Antique Light Fixture with broken bent glass

 

replacement bent glass panel

Custom bent  seedy glass panels  for antique  iron light.  The glass was a Kokomo Seedy Glass

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Art Deco Light Repair Glass Slip Shade

Friday, October 21st, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair, Glass Globe | 1 Comment »

Two slip shades were broken during a remodeling project .   One shade was broken into about  ten pieces and one was broken into hundreds of pieces . I repaired  one shade  and reproduced one shade  .  Using a good shade as a form I cast a mold to make a new glass deco shade.

new Art Deco Slip Shade

original  shade

 

Replacement shade

 

casting mold

 

mold

High temperature plaster and silica mold for make new glass shade.

 

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Slag Glass Lamp Repair Bent Panel

Saturday, October 15th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique lamp repair, Bent Glass | Comments Off on Slag Glass Lamp Repair Bent Panel

Making bent glass replacement panels for antique slag lamps is just a small part of what we do.

 

slag lamp panel

 

bent glass lamp repair

 

We bend  opalescent flat glass  over a form in the kiln to make replacement panels.   Most of the bent glass shades were made out of Wissmach or Kokomo Glass.

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Chandelier Repair broken crystal parts

Friday, October 14th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair, Bobaches Boboches Bobeches, Chandelier Repair | Comments Off on Chandelier Repair broken crystal parts

Repairing broken crystal parts for chandeliers is cost effective .  This antique crystal part from a chandelier was broken and a replacement was not available .  I made a new top piece to replace the broken part and used the bottom part that was still good.

 

Cut off damaged part and make new replacement piece.

 

 

 

 

restoration complete

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beveled mirror for antique light

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique lamp repair, Beveled Glass | Comments Off on beveled mirror for antique light

This small mirror with a scalloped  edges

mirror with scalloped edges and v grooves

and satin v grooves goes to an  antique wall scone  . Sent to me from a light restoration company on the east cost , they need a duplicate mirror .

 

 

antique lamp parts

 

I was told they go in silver wall sconces .  I will post pictures of the restored lights if and when I receive them.

 

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antique crystal light cut glass globe repair

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair | Comments Off on antique crystal light cut glass globe repair

The painter broke the globe.  The cut glass globe goes to a  antique ceiling fixture.  It came in as a basket case.  I taped it together to see if we had all the pieces.

 

Before repair

 

 

After restoration

The adhesive is stronger than glass .  After repairing the globe I frosted the glass to remove all of the glue and hide the repair.

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