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Archive for the ‘Chandelier Repair’ Category

Archive for the ‘Chandelier Repair’ Category

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 crystal chandelier restoration cut glass globe/ shade

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique lamp repair, Chandelier Repair, Glass Globe | Comments Off on antique crystal chandelier restoration cut glass globe/ shade

During a major home restoration, the antique chandelier hanging in the foyer was damaged .  Two of the cut glass globes were broken. The first step is to make the glass blanks .  Then comes the cutting of the design .  The hard part is  matching the profile of each cutting stone .

 

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Replacement crystal  globe/ shade  before cutting design.

 

cut in design

cut in design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rough cut design in glass using antique glass lath with smoothing stone.

 

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Cutting  the scallop top

 

cut deign before polishing

cut deign before polishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

final step polishing

final step polishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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replacement cut glass globe

replacement cut glass globe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replacement cut glass globe on the left and the original antique cut glass globe on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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antique crystal chandelier replacement bobeche

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Bobaches Boboches Bobeches, Chandelier Repair | Comments Off on antique crystal chandelier replacement bobeche

The second largest chandelier in the world was in need of three replacement bobeches.  I have made a lot of crystal  bobeches over the years but not as large as these.  They sent me a broken bobeche with a part missing. I made a mold and cast it in plaster to fill in the part the was missing.

bobeche with plaster mold

bobeche with plaster mold

 

 

bobeche blank

bobeche blank

I made the blanks .

 

24 pin  12" diam thumb nail

Crystal bobeche   twelve  inch diameter

 

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Drilled the 24 holes and added pins.

 

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antique crystal candelabra repair chipped glass missing piece

Sunday, April 7th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair, Chandelier Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, Crystal Candlestick repair | Comments Off on antique crystal candelabra repair chipped glass missing piece

The crystal candelabra was broken and the pieces were missing.

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Cue out the chipped part.

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Fit in new piece off glass.

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Shape glass

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Cut in design and polish

 

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Its not perfect but when it is back on the candelabra with the prisms installed you won’t be able to see the repair.

 

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Antique light custom make replacement globes

Sunday, April 7th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique lamp repair, Blowen Glass Replacements, Chandelier Repair, Glass Globe | Comments Off on Antique light custom make replacement globes

Broken globe

Broken globe

The broken globe was sent from Arizona . The contractor broke three globes on the job site while restoring and old court house.  I knew I could make the new globes but matching the design on the globe was going to be the challenge.

 

new globe

new globe

 

satin etched finish

satin etched finish

 

hand painted globes

hand painted globes

 

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Chandelier Repair make replacement bobeche for antique chandelier restoration

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair, Bobaches Boboches Bobeches, Chandelier Repair | Comments Off on Chandelier Repair make replacement bobeche for antique chandelier restoration

The crystal  bobeche was broken during a move.  Dad  tried to find all the piece but an up short.  Gluing the remains showed a large piece was missing.  I decided that I would make a replacement bobeche.  Filling the hole left by the missing pieces was an option but not a good one

 

Broken Bobeche

Broken Bobeche

Some times when doing a chandelier restoration you can’t find the replacement parts.

 

Blank

Blank

 

The first step to making a replacement bobeche is making the blank.

 

Rough Cut Bobeche

Rough Cut Bobeche

Stone cut design.

 

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replacement bobeche

replacement bobeche

 

New Bobeche

New Bobeche

With the replacement bobeche complete the chandelier will hang in splendor again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crystal repair chandelier bobeche replacement

Sunday, January 13th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Bobaches Boboches Bobeches, Chandelier Repair | Comments Off on Crystal repair chandelier bobeche replacement

The bobeche for the antique crystal chandelier was broken and discarded.  The search was on for the replacement part.  None was found.  I made the glass  blank .  Then I  cut , polished and drilled the holes for the pins.  Sent to me from our neighbors to the north Ontario Canada.

 

Glass blank for bobeche

This is the crystal blank and I used a diamond saw to cut off the extra.

Crystal Bobeche drilled for pins

I polished the rim and drilled the holes for the prisms.

Replacement Bobeche for crystal chandelier

Here is the custom made replacement bobeche for a crystal chandelier .

 

 

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Crystal Repair broken lamp part replacement

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair, Chandelier Repair, Etched Glass | Comments Off on Crystal Repair broken lamp part replacement

This piece was sent to me and it is from a small table lamp.  I am going to make a replacement part rather than repair it.

broken glass tube from small lamp

stone cutting design

 

 

Cutting design in new glass lamp part

 

 

custom made replacement lamp part

 

 

 

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crystal repair broken glass globe

Saturday, November 24th, 2012 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Chandelier Repair, Glass Globe | Comments Off on crystal repair broken glass globe

The antique glass globe was broken and many of the pieces were missing.  I make a new top for  antique glass globe .

 

I made the flag shade of the old shade.

 

 

I frosted the glass to match.

 

 

 

 

I cut and polished the design in the new top.

 

 

I installed the new top on the antique glass globe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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