Bruening Glass Works - repairing crystal for over 100 years
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Rocky River, Ohio 44116
440.333.4768
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Broken glassware repair

Antique Crystal Bowl Repair Broken Glass Foot

Monday, April 25th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Glueings | No Comments »

This bowl had a place of honor on grandmas dinning room table for over four decades .  There  it sat  with a stack of pennies taking the place of the missing foot. Grandmas birthday is coming up and wouldn’t it be nice to get the bowl repaired .  The local antique  dealers  and glass shops said it couldn’t be repaired .  What they should have said is they can’t repair it and they don’t know any one who can.

Missing Glass Leg

Cut glass bowl with a missing foot.   The leg broke off and was missed placed over forty years ago .

 

 

 

 

First step in the repair process to remove what was left of the broken leg on the cut crystal bowl.

 

glass leg

By casting a mold of one of the good  glass legs I was able to make a new glass foot .

 

Installed new glass foot

We were able to give grandma her pennies back after bonding the new foot to the bottom of the antique glass  bowl

 

 

 

No more pennies

 

The local “experts ”  got it wrong .  It  can be restored .  The crystal repair projects I work on now come from all over the world.

Crystal repair is now high tech with the use of UV adhesives and high temp molds .  Antique  cut glass bowls like this one are repairable . Crystal repair has come a long way in the last thirty years .

 

 

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Broken wine glass Waterford Crystal stem

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Waterford Crystal, Waterford Crystal Repair | No Comments »

Broken crystal stem are repairable. This Waterford wine glass was broken in three pieces.  I repaired the glass for a fraction of replacement cost.

 

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If you break a wine or water glass you should save the pieces because hey can be used to repair other glasses.

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Crystal Repair Antique Glass Stopper

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | No Comments »

A pair of Antique crystal cruets with a very delicate cut pattern were sent to me for repair.  The one crystal bottle was missing apart of the stopper. They sent along the top of the antique crystal stopper but the bottom had broken off and was lost. They also sent along one good antique cut glass cruet that need a stopper and one good crystal stopper.

crystal repair  antique glass stopper

crystal repair antique glass stopper

crystal repair antique glass stopper new bottom

crystal repair antique glass stopper new bottomcrystal repair antique glass stopper and new bottom glass

Crystal repair like this requires some glass blowing to make the new parts.
 

crystal repair antique glass stopper  replacement  stopper

crystal repair antique glass stopper replacement stopper

crystal repair replacement stopper

crystal repair replacement stopper

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Repair Crystal Antique Cut Glass Vase

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Blowen Glass Replacements, broken glassware, Glueings, Uncategorized | No Comments »

 Save the pieces it makes the repair so much easier. This crystal vase came in for repair and I had to make a new bottom.

 

Broken Crystal Vase

Broken Crystal Vase

 

 

 

Being able to blow glass and make a new glass bottom made this repair possible.
Repair Crystal Antique Cut Glass Vase

Make new bottom and attach

 

Repaired cut glass glass vase in silver foot

Repaired cut glass glass vase in silver foot

Done in time for the holidays it will make a great center piece.

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crystal repair antique glass cake plate

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Crystal Repair Pictures, Glueings | No Comments »

crystal repair antique glass cake plate

Pressed Glass Cake Plate

A  broken cake plate came in for repair. Its a pressed glass cake plate with ruby red ring.

pressed glass cake plate

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Antique Glass Epergne Repair

Friday, December 18th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Broken Stem, Glueings | No Comments »

Broken into many pieces the antique glass came in for repair. It has been in the family along time and met so much could I repair it.  I told them it would not be perfect but I would do my best .  The first thing I needed to do was give it a bath. Then I dill out the broken fitter ( stopper ) out of the bottom. Then came the  fitting of the pieces to see what was missing.

Antique Glass Epegne Repair

Antique Glass Epegne Repair

It was a shame that an antique glass piece the of this quality got broken and needed repair. 

Repair antique glass epergne

Repair antique glass epergne

If you look close you can see the cracks . It will take just a little creative decoration and it can be displayed for all to enjoy.  Antique crystal with the copper wheel engraving the quality of this piece are rare. Broken crystal after restoration doesn’t all ways come out flawless  but you do have to look close to see the repair. Send in the flowers.

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Antique Glass Decanter Repair

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Blowen Glass Replacements, Broken Decanter Repair, Glueings | No Comments »

This antique glass decanter  from the 1880 was in bad shape. It had a broken neck and missing pieces from the lip.  The customer was skeptical that I could repair an antique cut glass decanter in such bad shape. I can waite  to forward this post to him with the before and after pictures of his decanter.  This is a very old and very  good cut glass decanter and it would be a shame not to repair it. I cut off the broken part of the neck and then made a new neck and lip. I attach the new neck and fit the stopper.  If you didn’t know it was repaired you would pour a drink and just enjoy.

Antique cut glass decanter with broken neck

Antique cut glass decanter with broken neck

antique crystal decanter with cracked neck

antique crystal decanter with cracked neck

cut glass decanter with new neck

cut glass decanter with new neck

crystal decanter after repair

crystal decanter after repair

Fit the stopper in the antique decanter

Fit the stopper in the antique decanter

Many people don’t know this type of repair is possible please email this to your friends and family. Over and over I here I didn’t know you can repair glass I put it in the trash.

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antique glass cruet repair

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Glueings, Stopper Repair, Uncategorized | No Comments »

One from a set of the crystal cruets got damaged . It had a broken neck and missing stopper. The repair process required making a new neck. I cut off the broken neck and made a new piece. The small decanter /cruet/ bottle was broken and the pieces were gone for years. When repairing antique glass it requires a little imagination. The best way to repair antique  crystal is to just get started and made something you will learn from your mistakes . I made a  lot of garbage over the years.  

 

old cruet new top

old cruet new top

Saved from the scrap pile. Antique glass sets are very valuable and with the silver tray very rare. To  restore this set I did a little glass blowing, a little stone engraving ( wheel work) , a little hand lapping to fit the stopper,and a little gluing.

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Crystal pendent restoration

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Beveled Glass, glass sculpture repair, Glueings | No Comments »

chipped and broken glass pendent

chipped and broken glass pendent

A  beautifull crystal pendent was dropped and broken. I was able to repair the glass .   This piece was shipped from NY.

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crystal horse repair

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Crystal Repair Pictures, glass sculpture repair, zoo | No Comments »

crystal horse repair

crystal horse repair

Blowen glass horse with broken leg in for repair.

crystal horse repaired

crystal horse repaired

This is a borosilicate glass and can be reheated or fused with heat. Reheated  very  carefully  with a torch.

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