Bruening Glass Works - repairing crystal for over 100 years
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Antique Glass Repair

wine glass repair broken crystal stemware

Monday, September 6th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Stemware repair | 1 Comment »

The  wine glass has a metal stem but the crystal bowl was broken and needed to be replaced.  The top of the wine glass is held in by an adhesive.  I used a diamond drill bit to drill out the broken stem out of the meal stem.

wine glass repair

wine glass repair

I found a  wine glass with the same shape bowl and cut it off its stem.  Using an adhesive I bonded the new crystal top to the metal stem.

crystal wine glass repair

crystal wine glass repair

I repair all kinds of stemware. Water glasses, wine glasses, rock glasses and cordials most of them just have chips. Its cost effective repair crystal the repairs are fraction of the cost of replacement.

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crystal repair broken cut glass punch bowl

Friday, September 3rd, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Glueings | No Comments »

Crystal punch bowls are very easy to break.  The most common way is when  the party is over you pour out the left over punch and put hot water in the bowl to wash it out.  Old thick brilliant cut glass can not take temperature change.  The thicker the glass the more vulnerable to cracking from heat.  This beautiful cut glass punch bowl fell victim to hot water in the sink.

Broken cut glass punch bowl

Broken cut glass punch bow

I can repair this bowl and it will be usable .  The cut pattern hides the repair and makes it very hard to detect .

cut glass punch bowl

cut glass punch bowl

After the repair the restoration is hard to find.

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crystal repair swarovski bear

Monday, August 30th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, glass sculpture repair, Glueings, Swarovski Crystal, zoo | No Comments »

A common problem with Swarovski Crystal is the adhesive fails.  Over the years I have repair many pieces that have just fallen apart. The new adhesives  are very strong. It is important to clean off all the old adhesive .

broken bear

broken bear

restored bear

restored bear

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Broken glass repair venetian figurine

Sunday, August 29th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, glass sculpture repair, Glueings | No Comments »

Glass Figurine repair

Glass Figurine repair

This Venetian glass figurine has a broken jacket.  It was sent to me from St Louis .  I can repair it using an adhesive.  This type of glass can not be fused back together the reheating will make the glass change colors.

Venitian Glass Figurine

Venitian Glass Figurine

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Waterford Crystal Repair chipped punch bowl

Sunday, August 29th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, Waterford Crystal Repair | No Comments »

A common problem with punch bowl is  the ladle hits the inside rim and chips it.   I was sent two of the same pattern  Waterford Crystal Punch bowls one can from Chicago and the other came from New York.  They both had chips on the rim.  I polish out the chips and put a little larger bevel on the inside rim this will help prevent new chipping.

Waterford Punch Bowls

Waterford Punch Bowls

I have repaired many punch bowls made by many different manufactures . Waterford  bowls have nice thick glass on the top and  can be repaired .

Crystal punch bowl do not like hot water I have had to repair many bowl because of washing with hot water.   If the bowl has  cold punch in it you should pout it out and let the bowl warn up to room temp before washing.  Use warn water not hot. Hot water can crack the glass.

waterford bowl  chipped inside

waterford bowl chipped inside

Waterford Bowl smooth out chip

Waterford Bowl smooth out chip

After smoothing out the chip  I polish the area with pumic.  The final polish is with cerium oxide.

repaired chip

repaired chip

All Ready for the punch and a new plastic ladle.

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Crystal Repair remove stains from inside cut glass vase

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, sick glass | No Comments »

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.

Sick Glass Vase

Sick Glass Vase

Cut Glass Cleaned Vase

Cut Glass Cleaned Vase

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Repair Scratched Crystal Bowl polish out wear

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, sick glass | No Comments »

Scratched Bowl

Scratched Bowl

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.

Crystal bowl polished out scratches

Crystal bowl polished out scratches

Antique crystal bowl polish out scratches

Antique crystal bowl polish out scratches

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.

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Daum Glass Vase repair chip

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, chipped glassware, Crystal Repair Pictures | No Comments »

Daum  glass has a satin finish and it makes repairing chips very difficult. This vase came in with a chip on the side of one of the leaves. I polished out the chip to a shine and then had it match the satin finish.  The satin finish is coarser than the frosted on a LaLique Crystal .

Daum Vase chip on edge

Daum Vase chip on edge

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LaLique Crystal repair and restoration chipped or broken

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, glass sculpture repair, LaLique Crystal Repair | No Comments »

This LaLique Crystal broken Base

LaLique Crystal broken Base

This  LaLique Crystal piece was sent to me from Florida for restoration.  The crystal base had a large chip broken off the corner.  The piece that broke off had been lost many years ago so bonding the chip back one was not an option.

Repaired LaLique Crystal sculpture

Repaired LaLique Crystal sculpture

By removing the entire base and making a replacement I was able to restore this glass .

Crystal Resotation LaLIque

Crystal Resotation LaLIque

The LaLique Rams are ready to go back on diplay.

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crystal repair cloudy glass sick glass

Friday, August 6th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, sick glass | No Comments »

The crystal plates needed to be polished.  The cloudy build up came from the dish washer.   Some times called to as sick glass.

Sick Glass Plate

Sick Glass Plate

plate after polish  crystal repair  cloudy glass  sick glass

plate after polish crystal repair cloudy glass sick glass

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