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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 | No Comments »

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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crystal repair chipped crystal pitcher with a crack

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, broken glassware, Glueings | No Comments »

The old crystal pitcher has been in the family for many years.  It has served many cold drinks at grandmas house. The sentimental value is the motivation for the repair. A crack has run from the top down the left side of the handle almost to the bottom.  The plan is to run the crack around the bottom of the handle and up the right side of the handle to the top.  Controlling the path the crack takes is critical. I have spend  years refining this skill.

crystal repair pitcher

 

cracked

cracked

run the crack up to the top

run the crack up to the top

 

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It is ready to be used.  The adhesive makes most of crack go away.  Look close and you can see a little of the crack.

 

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antique crystal repair broken glass handles

Monday, December 26th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware | No Comments »

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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Antique glass eye cup repair broken foot

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware | No Comments »

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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antique glass bowl repair broken pressed glass

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware | No Comments »

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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Daum Nancy glass figurine repair chipped and missing ear restoration

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Blowen Glass Replacements, broken glassware, Chipped Glass Repair, Figurine, glass sculpture repair, Glueings, zoo | No Comments »

The ear was broken off and lost from a very expensive DAUM Nancy glass figurine.  I had to sculpt part of a new ear to fit on the dark amber Daum Glass horse .  Matching the very dark amber color was my first challenge . I made a dozen or more glass ears be for finding one I liked .    Daum glass  started with the notary Jean Daum      Daum  started making glass for watches and mirrors.            (1825-1885).

 

Daum glass horse with broken ear

 

Replacement Glass Ears

 

 

 

 

New Ear

 

 

attached new ear

 

 

Shape new ear

 

 

Daum glass horse first stage of polish

 

 

 

Acid etch glass to match glass head

 

a few finishing touches and its as good as new

Daum horse new ear

Daum Crystal Horse

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Antique Crystal Bowl Repair Broken Glass Foot

Monday, April 25th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Glueings | No Comments »

This bowl had a place of honor on grandmas dinning room table for over four decades .  There  it sat  with a stack of pennies taking the place of the missing foot. Grandmas birthday is coming up and wouldn’t it be nice to get the bowl repaired .  The local antique  dealers  and glass shops said it couldn’t be repaired .  What they should have said is they can’t repair it and they don’t know any one who can.

Missing Glass Leg

Cut glass bowl with a missing foot.   The leg broke off and was missed placed over forty years ago .

 

 

 

 

First step in the repair process to remove what was left of the broken leg on the cut crystal bowl.

 

glass leg

By casting a mold of one of the good  glass legs I was able to make a new glass foot .

 

Installed new glass foot

We were able to give grandma her pennies back after bonding the new foot to the bottom of the antique glass  bowl

 

 

 

No more pennies

 

The local “experts ”  got it wrong .  It  can be restored .  The crystal repair projects I work on now come from all over the world.

Crystal repair is now high tech with the use of UV adhesives and high temp molds .  Antique  cut glass bowls like this one are repairable . Crystal repair has come a long way in the last thirty years .

 

 

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Crystal Repair Broken Waterford Stem

Monday, March 28th, 2011 Posted in broken glassware, Broken Stem, Glueings, Waterford Crystal, Waterford Crystal Repair | No Comments »

Sent from New York, New York for restoration the Waterford Crystal wine glass had a broken stem . It was cracked in two places were the stem meets the foot and were the stem meets the bowl.

 

Waterford Crystal with broken stem

Waterford Crystal with broken stem

 

 

Crystal wine glass after repair

Some were in New York city a couple is having a glass of wine with dinner and remembering when they went to Ireland  in the 80’s  .  They bought a set of Waterford Crystal Wine glasses after the factory tour.

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Antique glass repair pressed cake plate

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Glueings | No Comments »

Grandmas antique glass cake plate was broken during washing.  Hot water was the problem it happens over and over again.  I seen it many times.  The good part about heat cracks is they are very clean breaks. The pieces fit back together and there are no small chips.  This  antique glass plate looked great after the repair.

 

 

Antique Pressed Glass Cake Plate

 

Pressed glass cake plate repaired

 

 

Repair pressed glass cake plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Broken wine glass Waterford Crystal stem

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Waterford Crystal, Waterford Crystal Repair | No Comments »

Broken crystal stem are repairable. This Waterford wine glass was broken in three pieces.  I repaired the glass for a fraction of replacement cost.

 

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If you break a wine or water glass you should save the pieces because hey can be used to repair other glasses.

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