Archive for the ‘Crystal Restoration’ 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.
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 first step was to remove what was left of the mane.
Grind and polish area smooth.
Create the new glass mane.
Attach the new glass mane to the Italian sculpture.
The sculpture is ready to be displayed.
The classic Steuben Crystal tear drop candlestick had a broken foot and was in need of restoration. I made a new foot .
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.
Old broken neck and the new one .
Copper wheel engraving
Repaired decanter with new neck
Making new stopper
Cut ten facets in new stopper to match decanter
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.
Antique glass paper weight with scratches in need of repair.
First step smooth out scratches with fine grit.
Monograms , Dates and Names can be removed from glass. This Steuben Crystal vase was sent to have a large engraving removed.