Archive for the ‘sick glass’ Category
The neck of the decanter was broken in many pieces and was repaired . The repair was unacceptable and I needed a plan B. The design engraved on the antique glass decanter gave me a good place to cut off the broken parts.
I fabricated a new neck and stone cut the design .
The replacement part looks good and makes the antique cut glass decanter usable again. The set is complete and ready for the next party.
Stains inside the bottle needed to be polished out. The “sick glass ” devalues the antique cut crystal bottle.
The antique broken glass cruet needed restoration. This one came from a set that has a beautiful sterling silver holder. First I cleaned the inside .
Tags: Antique Crystal repair, antique cut glass repair, Antique Glass Repair, Bottle Repair, broken crystal repair, Broken Glass Glued, Crystal Repair, Crystal Restoration, cut glass repair, Glass Repair, Glueing Glass, Remove Stains in Vases and Decanters, Sick Glass Repair
Antique cut glass vases many times have stains from hard water. This is call sick glass. The stains come from leaving flowers and water in the vase and the stains are deposited on the sides of the vase. Small vases like this one clean up very nice.
Used and abused for many years this crystal bowl had many many scratches. It holds many memories for years it was on gramas table . It held keys ,coins and pins. The question is I can restore the bowl to its beauty and shine.
How to polish out scratches from crystal ? This bowl is an example of the process . I made a cork wheel that fit into the bowl. I then used some 3f (FFF) pumice and bridgeport milling machine to spin the wheel. I mix the pumice with water untill it was like a milk shake. You have to be sure not to heat up the glass while polishing . The heat will crack the glass. The final polish is done with a felt wheel and cerium oxide.
The crystal plates needed to be polished. The cloudy build up came from the dish washer. Some times called to as sick glass.
This Steuben crystal vase was sent to me for cleaning. I thought it was sick. ( cloudy from hard water stains) It was not sick it was scratched someone tried to clean it with an abrasive. They made it a lot worse by putting in thousands of scratches up and down in side the vase. I was able to carefully polish them out . Steuben Crystal has one of the highest lead content this is why the glass is clear.
I polished out the scratches on the inside of the vase and then I polish out the scratches on the bottom of the vase .
Years of water and flowers stained the inside of the vase. It needed to cleaned.