Archive for the ‘Stopper Repair’ Category
A very old and beautiful decanter had a crack in it , was stained and part of the stopper was missing. The antique decanter with a silver collar had a locking stopper. That was a first for me . I have never seen a decanter like this.
The crack was running down from the neck so very carefully I turned the crack and made it run back up to the top. After removing the silver collar the broken piece was removed and the stains ( sick glass) were polish out .
Reinstall silver collar note key in lock.
Repair stopped by making new plug and grind and polish to fit decanter neck.
The stopper was in bad shape . It was broken in three places and there were some pieces missing. I needed to add a pieces of glass to get the right height. The decanter is a beautiful cobalt blue cut to clear . The plug of the stopper was broken off. That is the part that is ground to fit the neck of the decanter.
Broken stopper with missing pieces
Added cut glass piece to the middle and a new plug.
Ground and fit the new plug to fit the neck of the decanter.
The antique decanter had a large chip and a crack running down and across the neck. Over the years the large chip that can off was lost. The crystal decanter was also cloudy on the inside from decades of use. The stopper was missing also. The fist challenge was to stop the crack from traveling any farther.
Old broken neck and the new one .
Copper wheel engraving
Repaired decanter with new neck
Making new stopper
Cut ten facets in new stopper to match decanter
The crystal decanter had a broken neck and the stopper was also broken . I will need to make a new neck and plug for the bottom of the glass stopper. First I will need to cut off the broken part of the neck.
All ready to fill.
The cut glass stopper was stuck in the decanter when it fell over and broke. The break was in the center of the stopper were it necks down .
I decided to make a new center section and plug . I used a glass rod to make the new part.
The new plug was ground to fit the antique glass decanter.
The glass rod was make of borosilicate glass ( pyrex ) so I was able to fire polish the new stopper.
The antique crystal decanter is made from lead glass so I had to hand polish the neck were the new plug fits
The stopper is finish and the decanter that has been in the family for many years can be passes on .
The antique decanter had a stopper broken off in the neck . I drilled the stuck stopper out of the crystal decanter. Then I make a new stopper and had to fit it in the neck.
The frosted area is were I ground the new part of the stopper to fit the antique glass decanter. I used # 120 grit first to hand lapped the stopper . I repeated the lapping process using # 220 grit , # 400 grit , and # 600 grit followed by polishing . The antique glass decanters had polished stoppers.
Bringing the the family heirloom back to its original beauty is very rewarding. They need to clean the stopper when there is sweet liquor being stored in the antique glass decanter . This will prevent the stopper from getting stuck again.
The chip was to large to be ground and polished. I needed to make a replacement glass neck. The small crystal bottle also needed a new stopper.
I cut off the broken neck and polished the top of the bottle.
Made the new neck
She broke the crystal perfume bottle but saved the sterling silver overlay and stopper. I made a new bottle and fit the old stopper to it.
I made a mold to blow the glass into so the new bottle would fit the old sterling silver liner. I made the hole in the new bottle small so I could grind the old stopper to fit.
The antique perfume bottle has been in the family for many years it holds a lot of sentimental value . The bottle has been broken for over fifteen years . The local glass companies and antique dealers in Miami Fla. said it was not repairable . Her husband persisted and told her she would find someone to repair it keep looking.
The antique amber perfume bottle was sent to me with a broken neck and broken dauber. First step in the restoration process is to remove the broken neck on the antique glass bottle. Great care is taken to remove what was left of the neck with out damaging the bottle.
After connecting the new neck to the old bottle the stopper is ground to fit.
Replacement dauber for antique glass bottle.
A perfume bottle was sent in need of a new stopper. They had lost the stopper.