Archive for the ‘Antique Crystal repair’ Category
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.
Draw pattern of stem to maintain correct height.
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.
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 .
A high temp ceramic mold is made .
The mold is then filled with crystal and place in a kiln for annealing.
The rough casting is made smooth using #100 # 200 and #400 grit smoothing stones.
The crystal is hand polished using a cork wheel with pumis and the final step is a felt wheel with cerium oxide.
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.
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 .
Replacement crystal globe/ shade before cutting design.
Rough cut design in glass using antique glass lath with smoothing stone.
Cutting the scallop top
Replacement cut glass globe on the left and the original antique cut glass globe on the right.
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 crystal pitcher has a very large chip on the rim. It will have to be reshaped .
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 crystal candelabra was broken and the pieces were missing.
Cue out the chipped part.
Fit in new piece off glass.
Cut in design and polish
Its not perfect but when it is back on the candelabra with the prisms installed you won’t be able to see the repair.
Antique glass paper weight with scratches in need of repair.
First step smooth out scratches with fine grit.
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 .
Smooth out the chips with 220 grit sand paper and then 400 grit.
Finish polishing with pumice and cerium oxide.