Bruening Glass Works - repairing crystal for over 100 years
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Rocky River, Ohio 44116

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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.




Create the new glass mane.

New Mane



Attach the new glass mane to the Italian sculpture.


Attach the new glass


The sculpture is ready to be displayed.



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Crystal Repair Steuben Trout with broken glass fin

Monday, January 14th, 2013 Posted in All Repair Projects, Figurine, glass sculpture repair, Steuben Crystal Repair | No Comments »

The Steuben Crystal Trout had a broken fin . The glass fin was broken in two place and was chipped. I used the bottom of a broken Steuben candlestick to form the new fin.

Steuben Crystal Trout with broken fin


new fin




New Steuben Fin


Steuben Trout

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Crystal repair Lalique broken and chipped glass

Sunday, November 25th, 2012 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Figurine, glass sculpture repair, Glueings, LaLique Crystal Repair | No Comments »

The  broken Lalique Crystal  statue was a present give to a customer in his eighties. He received it  when he was a young man.  It holds  great sentimental value and he wanted to repair it rather than replace it.  Some one tried to repair it. It was covered in glue and a number of large pieces were missing. I will need to recreate the missing piece.  


I use a foot from a broken Lalique compote to make the block .


Shaping the block to  form legs.








The final step is to etch the glass to match.  If you look close there is a small line were it was  glued.




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Crystal repair chipped and broken glass fish

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair, Crystal Repair Pictures, glass sculpture repair | No Comments »

The glass fish was broken  years ago and they didn’t save all the pieces.  There was a large part of the tail missing.  I was able to shorten the tail and make the bottom fin a little smaller so it looks proportional.   I tried to cast a new part of the tail but matching the color was not an option.


A lot of pieces but not all of them

Repairing broken crystal and antique glass takes a little imagination.



The tail is about 3/8 of an inch shorter now .  I

This is one of a pair.  The client was very happy with the restoration and her husband was even happier .  He’s the one that broke it.

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Antique Broken Glass Figurine Repair

Monday, October 3rd, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Figurine, glass sculpture repair | No Comments »

The glass fruit basket has been broken for years.  Several leaves were broken off and lost .   I needed to recreate some new leaves an attach them .  I used green , yellow and white glass to make the new leaves.

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Daum Nancy glass figurine repair chipped and missing ear restoration

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Blowen Glass Replacements, broken glassware, Chipped Glass Repair, Figurine, glass sculpture repair, Glueings, zoo | No Comments »

The ear was broken off and lost from a very expensive DAUM Nancy glass figurine.  I had to sculpt part of a new ear to fit on the dark amber Daum Glass horse .  Matching the very dark amber color was my first challenge . I made a dozen or more glass ears be for finding one I liked .    Daum glass  started with the notary Jean Daum      Daum  started making glass for watches and mirrors.            (1825-1885).


Daum glass horse with broken ear


Replacement Glass Ears





New Ear



attached new ear



Shape new ear



Daum glass horse first stage of polish




Acid etch glass to match glass head


a few finishing touches and its as good as new

Daum horse new ear

Daum Crystal Horse

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Antique Pink Glass Elephant Repair

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Figurine, Glueings, zoo | No Comments »

Glass elephant  figurine made out of pink rock glass.  It was broken in many pieces and in need of restoration.

glass elephant broken trunk




Glass elephant after restoration


Sent to us from  Atlanta George not a valuable pieces but very important .

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Crystal repair Swarovski glass bear

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Glueings, Swarovski Crystal | No Comments »

Swarovski  crystal use a UV cured adhesive to bond there crystal animals together. In this case the adhesive failed and the head came off the bear.  I have to repair the crystal bear .  After cleaning off the old glue using a razor blade and  some cleaner I used a uv cured adhesive to restore the bear .

crystal bear

crystal bear

Swarovski Crystal Bear

Swarovski Crystal Bear

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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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