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Chip Repair

Chipped glass repair pressed glass pitcher

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, chipped glassware | Comments Off on Chipped glass repair pressed glass pitcher

Grand mothers  pressed glass pitcher had a large chip in the spout. A nice  light pink color glass but not a very valuable.

pink pitcher1

pink pitcher 2

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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 | Comments Off on LaLique Crystal repair and restoration chipped or broken

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 steuben bottle stopper

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, chipped glassware, Stopper Repair | Comments Off on crystal repair steuben bottle stopper

Its a small little chip on the bottom of the stopper. Steuben makes the finest crystal in the world but they made colored glass many years ago. This is one of the old ” colored glass”  Steuben pieces. They are very valuable so a small chip is well worth repairing. The repair is simple just grind the stopper down . The important part is to match the same grit size so the frosting on the glass is the right . I have been a crystal repair man for thirty years and I love glass. I get crystal sent to me from around the world and I very lucky to be able to repair so many nice pieces of glass. 

Repair crystal stopper for steuben bottle

Repair crystal stopper for steuben bottle

Shown above is the stopper before repair.

Repaired crystal spopper

Repaired crystal spopper

The old Steuben glass is very valuable and very beautiful. Its one  of my favorite glasses to work on.

crystal repair steuben bottle stopper 3

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Chipped Waterford Crystal Vase Repair

Saturday, December 12th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Chipped Glass Repair, chipped glassware, Waterford Crystal Repair | Comments Off on Chipped Waterford Crystal Vase Repair

I told her don’t through it out I can repair it . It has a very large chip in the base she said. I don’t care how big the chip is I can repair it.

Chipped Waterford Crystal Vase Repair

Chipped Base

I can reshape the base of the vase.

Waterford Vase Chipped Foot

Waterford Vase Chipped Foot

First  grind

Grind Chip Out

Grind Chip Out

Bevel foot to shape.

Smooth Glass

Smooth Glass

antique glass repair

 

Waterford Vase repair

Waterford Vase

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antique cut glass compote repair

Monday, October 5th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, broken glassware, Chipped Glass Repair, chipped glassware, Crystal Repair Pictures | Comments Off on antique cut glass compote repair

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Very old cut crystal compote came in with a large chip on the foot or base. I cut off the base and made it thinner.  With  a diamond saw I cut off the chipped part. Then  I ground it smooth and polished it. 

antique cut glass compote

antique cut glass compote

The restoration of this antique chipped crystal compote is complete.

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Cut Glass Compote Repair

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Glueings | Comments Off on Cut Glass Compote Repair

The antique crystal compote was broken the foot and the bottom of the bowl. There were cracks on the bottom of the bowl were the foot had been attached.  I had to drill out the cracks to prevent them from cracking any further.  The bowl portion of the compote needed a new bottom so I could attach a new foot.

broken crystal compote

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Drilled out cracked glass

Drilled out cracked glass

Removed bottom

Removed bottom

New Bottom on bowl

New Bottom on bowl

cut glass compote new foot

cut glass compote new foot

New Foot Attached

New Foot Attached

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Antique Glass Repair broken dish

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Blowen Glass Replacements, Chipped Glass Repair, chipped glassware, Glueings | Comments Off on Antique Glass Repair broken dish

I was sent an antique pressed glass butter dish that was missing a corner. The note with the broken glass dish read “Please do something.” I was able to do more than “something,” the dish is now completely restored. Here’s what I did, I made a casting of one of the thee remaining corners and created a mold. I then cast glass in to the mold, and came up this a rough glass corner. The grinding and polishing came next, and then I glued the piece in place. One final grind and polish, and now the dish can be used to hold butter, and a lot of memories.

make casting of good corner

make casting of good corner

mold of good corner

mold of good corner

pressed glass lid missing corner

pressed glass lid missing corner

That glob of glass I hope to make in to a glass corner to fit on this lid.

start grinding corner shape

start grinding corner shape

grind / lap with 400 grit

grind / lap with 400 grit

glue glass on corner

glue glass on corner

Pressed Glass Butter Dish (with new glass corner)

Pressed Glass Butter Dish (with new glass corner)

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Antique Glass Repair- broken stopper

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Blowen Glass Replacements, broken glassware, Chandelier Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, Stopper Repair | Comments Off on Antique Glass Repair- broken stopper

An antique glass decanter with a broken stopper was brought in for repair. The stopper broke off many years ago and was lost. The owners still had the silver top to the stopper, but a new glass bottom had to be made. I started with a glass rod a little larger than the neck of the decanter. I ground the end of the glass rod to fit the neck of the decanter. I made a stem on top of the stopper through heat and manipulation. This was fitted in to the silver top. The other chips on the bottle were left alone because they all had a story to go with them.

antique crystal decanter missing stopper

antique crystal decanter missing stopper

Starting with a solid glass rod I shape the end .

glass rod use for glass stopper

glass rod use for glass stopper

Heat and pull to create a stem to fit in to the silver top.
heat and pull ( stopper neck)

heat and pull ( stopper neck)

Keep it hot and on center

Keep it hot and on center

Decanter with new stopper (fill with rum )

Decanter with new stopper (fill with rum )

This old decanter will be the life of the party filled with rum. I like the dark rums the best.

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Consolidated Glass Bowl Repair

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, chipped glassware | Comments Off on Consolidated Glass Bowl Repair

This green Consolidated Glass bowl came to me with eight chips on inside edge of the rim. A simple repair, I thought, but the easy ones are often harder than you think. This inside chip was tricky to smooth without hitting the inside of the bowl. Polishing required dressing that shade in a wheel, and then redressing the wheel. Finally, the bowl is restored back to it’s original beauty.

Inside lip smooth no chips

Inside lip smooth no chipsConsolidated Bowl

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Crystal Repair Sculpture

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, glass sculpture repair | Comments Off on Crystal Repair Sculpture

glass heads kissing

glass heads kissing

These pieces came to me broken off the black glass base, and with deep chips in both pieces. Using a Bridgeport Milling Machine with a diamond tool, I resurfaced the black glass cube and removed all the chips. Hand lapping the cube from 120 to 220 to 400 grit, them pumice, and finally ceriumoxide brought back the high shine. The original placement of the kiss was retained so as not to alter the overall aesthetic appeal of the piece. The only clue that there has been a repair is that the base is now slightly smaller.

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