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Glass Stopper Repair

crystal repair broken decanter and stopper restoration

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 Posted in All Repair Projects, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | Comments Off on crystal repair broken decanter and stopper restoration

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.

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cracked

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 .

 

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Reinstall silver collar note key in lock.

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Repair stopped by making new plug and grind and polish to fit decanter neck.

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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 | Comments Off on crystal repair broken stopper chipped glass

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.

fit stopper to decanter

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

crystal decanter with stopper

 

 

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Antique Glass Repair Broken Crystal Stopper

Sunday, January 1st, 2012 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | Comments Off on Antique Glass Repair Broken Crystal Stopper

The cut glass stopper was stuck in the decanter when it fell over and broke.  The break was in the center of the stopper were it necks down .

 

Broken Crystal Stopper

 

I decided to make a new center section and plug .  I used a glass rod to make the new part.

 

 

The new plug was ground to fit the antique glass decanter.

 

fire polish plug

 

The glass rod was make of borosilicate glass ( pyrex )  so I was able to fire polish the new stopper.

 

 

Old Stoper Top and the New Stopper Bottom

 

The antique crystal decanter is made from lead glass so I had to hand polish the neck were the new plug fits

 

 

 

The stopper is finish and the decanter that has been in the family for many years can be passes on .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Antique Glass Repair broken stopper

Monday, November 21st, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Stopper Repair | 1 Comment »

The antique decanter had a  stopper broken off  in the neck .  I drilled the stuck  stopper out of the crystal decanter.   Then I make a new stopper and had to fit it in the neck.

 

Antique Glass Decanter fit new stopper

 

The frosted area is were I ground the new part of the stopper to fit the antique glass decanter.  I used  # 120 grit first to hand lapped  the stopper .  I repeated the lapping process using  # 220 grit  , # 400 grit , and # 600 grit followed by polishing .   The antique glass decanters had polished stoppers.

 

Antique Crystal Decanter with Polished Neck

 

 

 

Bringing the the family heirloom back to its original beauty  is very rewarding.  They need to clean the stopper when there is sweet liquor being stored in the antique glass decanter .  This will prevent the stopper from getting stuck again.

 

 

 

 

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Broken crystal stopper repair for atique cut glass decanter

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Blowen Glass Replacements, Broken Decanter Repair, Glueings | Comments Off on Broken crystal stopper repair for atique cut glass decanter

The stopper for a crystal decanter was broken and sent to me for repair.  I made the new blank first.  Then I ground and polished  it to fit the decanter.

Broken stopper

 

 

 

new blank

I cut off the broken part of the stopper .

replacement piece

 

 

repaired stopper

Then I attached the new stopper blank.

 

 

 

ready to be used

 

The final step to grind and polish the stopper to fit the decanter.

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Crystal Repair Antique Cut Glass Cruet

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair | Comments Off on Crystal Repair Antique Cut Glass Cruet

 

 

The antique cut glass cruet was missing a stopper. It’s one of four cruets that fit in a sterling ring. With out the stopper the value would be greatly diminished.  I made  new crystal stopper.

crystal repair make need

crystal repair make need

Crystal repair can restore the value .   With out this repair the sterling silver antique cut glass cruet set is worhtless. 

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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 | Comments Off on Crystal Repair Antique Glass Stopper

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

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

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crystal repair antique glass stopper replacement stopper

crystal repair replacement stopper

crystal repair replacement stopper

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Antique Crystal perfume bottle repair

Monday, October 26th, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Glueings, Stopper Repair | 1 Comment »

This glass perfume bottle had an old style repair . They put a silver neck on top of the broken bottle and glued the stopper in.  I removed the old repair and uncovered the broken and missing neck. The stopper was also broken. I made a new neck attached it to the perfume bottle .  Then I ground and fit the old stopper to the new neck. It ready for some over powering  rose sented perfume.

Broken  Glass Perfume Bottle missing neck

Broken Glass Perfume Bottle missing neck

Repaired perfume bottle with new neck

Repaired perfume bottle with new neck

Repaired perfume with old stopped fitted to new neck

Repaired perfume with old stopped fitted to new neck

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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 | Comments Off on Antique Glass Decanter Repair

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 | Comments Off on antique glass cruet repair

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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