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.
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.
The Pairpoint Shade was broken in many pieces.
The crystal birds were dropped and broke. I need to cut off the broken pieces. Then layout the pieces and make a drawing of the pieces needed. I made the replacement pieces of glass . The hard part of this restoration is the fitting of the new pieces.
This was a very difficult restoration because grinding and fitting the new pieces . This is the seventh and final attempt. I was told it was made by
Not sure of the story but the bunny was broken and repaired many times over the years. It was sent to me for repair with a plea to make it look better. The Steuben Crystal bunny was in bad shape both ears had been broken off and there were many chips and dings.
After shipping it back I received a very nice email .
Email message sent to me
I received the repaired Steuben rabbit today. Great job. Thank you
for first rate craftsmanship and artistic work. This piece has been in our
family since the early 1960s and now it looks beautiful. Thanks again.
The broken Lalique Crystal statue was a present give to a customer in his eighties. He received it when he was a young man. It holds great sentimental value and he wanted to repair it rather than replace it. Some one tried to repair it. It was covered in glue and a number of large pieces were missing. I will need to recreate the missing piece.
I use a foot from a broken Lalique compote to make the block .
Shaping the block to form legs.
The final step is to etch the glass to match. If you look close there is a small line were it was glued.
This Daum Nancy vase is very expensive and holds a lot of sentimental value. When it got broken they almost threw it out. This vase is shipped in a very nice box that has foam rubber cut to fit the vase. The form rubber was useful in the repair . It gave me a pattern to make the new glass replacement part. The shape and size of the crystal top mirrors the foam.
I removed the broken crystal piece from the green base. Then I make a replacement crystal vase to replace the broken one.
I need to make a new fin . I cut the rough shape of a new fit . Steuben crystal is very clear so I used a broken Steuben Plate so the glass would match .
New crystal fin made from old Steuben Crystal plate.
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 .
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.
The antique glass penguin was broken and put away years ago. The glass was discovered and the search was on to find some one to repair it. The one fin was broken off and many of the small pieces were lost. That Steuben Crystal penguin held memories of years go by.
I used a piece of Steuben Crystal to sculpt the replacement wing because of the color . Steuben is forty nine percent lead and very clear. The lead also makes it very soft so I have to use the very best cerium oxide for the final step in the polishing process.