Bruening Glass Works - repairing crystal for over 100 years
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Rocky River, Ohio 44116
440.333.4768
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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 | No Comments »

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.

line drawing of stem needed

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 | No Comments »

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.

broken candle cup

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 | No Comments »

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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crystal repair chipped and broken lamp

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Antique lamp repair | No Comments »

The crystal lamp was broken and the base has a large  chip .  The solution was to reshape the base .

broken glass lamp

broken glass lamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grind and polish glass chip.

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Glass Sculpture Restoration Large Horse missing pieces

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Figurine, glass sculpture repair | No Comments »

The first step was to remove what was left of the mane.

Broken Mane

Broken Mane

 

Grind and polish area smooth.

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Create the new glass mane.

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Attach the new glass mane to the Italian sculpture.

 

Attach the new glass

 

The sculpture is ready to be displayed.

 

 

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Steuben Crystal Candlestick Repair chipped and broken glass foot

Monday, November 11th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Crystal Candlestick repair, Steuben Crystal Repair | No Comments »

The classic Steuben Crystal tear drop candlestick had a broken foot and was in need of restoration.  I made a new foot .

Steuben Crystal Candlestick

Steuben Crystal Candlestick

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crystal repair broken stopper chipped glass

Monday, November 11th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | No Comments »

The stopper was in bad shape .  It was broken in three places and  there were some pieces missing.  I needed to add a pieces of glass to get the right height. The decanter is a beautiful cobalt blue cut to clear .  The plug of the stopper was broken off. That is the part that is ground to fit the neck of the decanter.

Crystal stopper repair

Broken stopper with missing pieces

stopper repair

Added cut glass piece to the middle and a new plug.

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Ground and fit the new plug to fit the neck of the decanter.

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CRYSTAL DECANTER REPAIR CHIPPED AND BROKEN NECK

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | No Comments »

The antique decanter had a large chip and a crack running down and across the neck.  Over the years the large chip that can off was lost.  The crystal decanter was also cloudy on the  inside from decades of use. The stopper was missing also.  The fist challenge was to stop the crack from traveling any farther.

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crystal decanter repair

 

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Old broken neck and the new one .

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Copper wheel engraving

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Repaired decanter with new neck

 

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Making new stopper

 

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Cut ten facets in new stopper to match decanter

 

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crystal repair chipped crystal pitcher

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, Etched Glass, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

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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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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