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Antique crystal candlestick repair

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Crystal Candlestick repair, Glueings | No Comments »

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


blown glass blank replacement piece



replacement crystal candle cup


replacement installed


hand cut crystal top


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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




run the crack up to the top

run the crack up to the top



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 Glass Shade Repair Reverse Painted Shade

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Glass Globe, Glueings, Panel Lamp Repair | No Comments »

The Pairpoint  Shade was broken in many pieces.

Pairpoint Reverse Painted Shade broken



Repaired Reverse Painted Shade Restoration



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Orrefors crystal repair chipped and broken glass birds

Thursday, December 27th, 2012 Posted in All Repair Projects, Glueings, Orrafors Crystal, Orrefors Crystal Repair | No Comments »

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.


Broken Top Loop

crystal birds





broken crystal bottom






crystal restoration


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

Orrefors Crystal




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Crystal Repair chipped and broken Steuben Crystal Bunny

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Steuben Crystal, Steuben Crystal Repair | No Comments »

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.


Steuben Crystal Bunny 



Steuben Crystal Repair


Chip crystal bunny


Polish off glue and chips


Grind and polish damaged area




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.




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Crystal repair Lalique broken and chipped glass

Sunday, November 25th, 2012 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Figurine, glass sculpture repair, Glueings, LaLique Crystal Repair | No Comments »

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.




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crystal repair broken glass Daum Nancy vase

Saturday, September 8th, 2012 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Crystal Repair Pictures, Glueings | No Comments »

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.

Broken Crystal Vase


I removed the  broken crystal piece  from the green base. Then I make a replacement crystal vase to replace the broken one.


Daum Crystal vase after restoration



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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Crystal Repair Pictures, Steuben Crystal, Steuben Crystal Repair | No Comments »

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 .


Broken Steuben Trout

New crystal fin made from old Steuben Crystal plate.


Steuben Crystal



Steuben Fish with new fin



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Crystal Award Repair Broken Glass Trophie

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Glueings | No Comments »

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 .

Broken Crystal Award


Broken Crystal Base



First step ground flat




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Antique Steuben Glass Candlestick Repair Broken Crystal Top

Monday, December 12th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Crystal Candlestick repair, Steuben Crystal, Steuben Crystal Repair | No Comments »

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.

Broken Steuben Crystal Candlestick Repair



Glass Replacement Part






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