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Antique Crystal repair

Crystal Repair Wine Glass with broken stem

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Broken Stem, Stemware repair | Comments Off on Crystal Repair Wine Glass with broken stem

These wine glasses were sent from Italy for restoration. They survived  two world wars and succumb to a family move. They hold many memories and toasted many events .

Luckily the bowls were not damaged .  They were in need of a stem and foot transplant.

 

broken stem and foot

broken stem and foot

 

Draw pattern of stem to maintain correct height.

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line drawing of stem needed

 

new stem

new stem

 

ground to size

ground to size

 

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family treasures

 

 

 

 

 

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Antique crystal candlestick repair

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Crystal Candlestick repair, Glueings | Comments Off on Antique crystal candlestick repair

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.

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broken candle cup

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blown glass blank replacement piece

 

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replacement crystal candle cup

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replacement installed

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hand cut crystal top

 

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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.

 

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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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crystal repair broken decanter and stopper restoration

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | Comments Off on crystal repair broken decanter and stopper restoration

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.

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cracked

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 .

 

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Reinstall silver collar note key in lock.

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Repair stopped by making new plug and grind and polish to fit decanter neck.

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crystal repair chipped crystal pitcher

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, Etched Glass, Uncategorized | Comments Off on crystal repair chipped crystal pitcher

The crystal pitcher has a very large chip on the rim.  It will have to be reshaped .

 

chipped and cracked glass pitcher

chipped and cracked glass pitcher

 

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crystal repair chipped crystal pitcher with a crack

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, broken glassware, Glueings | Comments Off on crystal repair chipped crystal pitcher with a crack

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.

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cracked

run the crack up to the top

run the crack up to the top

 

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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 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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Paper weight repair antique glass

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair | Comments Off on Paper weight repair antique glass

Antique glass paper weight with scratches in need of repair.

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First step smooth out scratches with fine grit.

 

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Polish glass

 

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Antique Glass Paper Weight Repair

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Antique Glass Paper Weight Repair

Mishandled for years the paper weight had lost its  luster.  The scratches were deep and many.  I knew I could bring it back to its original beauty .

Paper Weight with chips

Paper Weight with chips

 

 

Smooth chips

Smooth chips

Smooth out the chips with 220 grit sand paper and then 400 grit.

 

polished paper weight

polished paper weight

Finish polishing with pumice and cerium oxide.

 

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