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Crystal Repair Broken Waterford Stem

Monday, March 28th, 2011 Posted in broken glassware, Broken Stem, Glueings, Waterford Crystal, Waterford Crystal Repair | No Comments »

Sent from New York, New York for restoration the Waterford Crystal wine glass had a broken stem . It was cracked in two places were the stem meets the foot and were the stem meets the bowl.

 

Waterford Crystal with broken stem

Waterford Crystal with broken stem

 

 

Crystal wine glass after repair

Some were in New York city a couple is having a glass of wine with dinner and remembering when they went to Ireland  in the 80′s  .  They bought a set of Waterford Crystal Wine glasses after the factory tour.

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Broken wine glass Waterford Crystal stem

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Waterford Crystal, Waterford Crystal Repair | No Comments »

Broken crystal stem are repairable. This Waterford wine glass was broken in three pieces.  I repaired the glass for a fraction of replacement cost.

 

Before

 

 

If you break a wine or water glass you should save the pieces because hey can be used to repair other glasses.

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Crystal Ice Bucket Repair Waterford Glass

Monday, March 14th, 2011 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Waterford Crystal Repair | No Comments »

The broken Waterford crystal ice bucket was sent to me from Atlanta,  Georgia .  What happened was common   after the party they poured out the ice and then wash it in hot water.  Waterford crystal  can not take the thermal shock.

 

Waterford crystal repair broken ice bucket

 

Waterford Ice Bucket after repair

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Waterford Crystal repair broken glass stem

Monday, February 14th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Broken Stem, Stemware repair, Waterford Crystal, Waterford Crystal Repair | No Comments »

A common place for  wine glasses to break is were the stem connects to the foot.  I have repair thousands of glasses with  this type of damage.  The repaired glass is stronger than a new glass.

Waterford Glass with broken stem

Waterford Glass with broken stem

Waterford Crystal glass new foot

Waterford Crystal glass new foot

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Broken Crystal Bowl Restoration brilliant cut glass

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Crystal Repair Pictures, Glueings | No Comments »

Broken in many pieces this American Brilliant Cut Glass Bowl needed a lot of work.  Some days I feel like if they gave me a chance I think I could put Humpty Dumpty back together.

broken glass bowl

broken glass bowl

Repaired crystal bowl

Repaired crystal bowl

Old bowls hold  candy and memories the memories are more valuable .   I have spent a life time repairing memories and having a ball.

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crystal repair broken glass restoration

Saturday, January 1st, 2011 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Blowen Glass Replacements | No Comments »

One glass was broken from  the set.  I made a new glass with bumps.  The  repair would have been seen.  It was cost effective to make a replacement.

broken glass and replacement

broken glass and replacement

I have a lot of ways to get the job done.   I can blow ,bend ,cast , grind , polish , stain, mill, drill ,bevel, stain, etch, carve, laminate, fuse,  drip and transplant glass.

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crystal repair vase broken bottom

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware, Glueings | No Comments »

The customer came by with the silver liner that goes with the glass restoration .  This is rare that I get to see the whole piece together.     I send the glass back and never see it complete.

Glass liner and silver

Glass liner and silver

Broken for years and badly repaired the vase needed a new bottom.  I had to stop  the  two cracks on the side from going to the top.  With a process using tempature  I can control in witch direction the crack will go.

broken vase

broken vase

Vase wih the broken bottom cut off

Vase wih the broken bottom cut off

new bottom
new bottom

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antique glass repair Hawkes chipped wine glass

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, chipped glassware, Chipped Stemware, Stemware repair | No Comments »

An antique Hawkes  crystal wine glass was sent to me to be repaired.  It had a chip on the rim .  Hawkes  cut crystal is one of the best cut glass companies  of the American Brilliant Cut Glass area.

Antique cut glass   Signed  " Hawkes"

Antique cut glass Signed " Hawkes"

In 1880 Thomas G. Hawkes set up a cutting shop in Corning NY. He bought his fine handmade blanks from the Corning Glass Company. By 1886 the Hawkes Company was making glass for the White House In 1889 two of their cut glass patterns won the Grand Prize in the Paris Exposition. By the end of the nineteenth century the company was known for the best in cut glass. Even after the ware lost its general popularity, the Hawkes factory continued to produce cut glass of finest quality. Since all of their pieces were marked after 1895 (with two hawks), the new collector has easily identifiable glass in the Hawkes ware. A great deal of it has been made for special orders with monograms and even with crests. It offers a fascinating field to the collector who would like an historical collection of the patterns used by various presidents from 1886 to the present, or by well-known American families. Here is a type that has indeed been neglected.

From 1890, a period famous for cutglass, American factories produced a ware that differed appreciably from cut glass of the early 18oos. The glass itself was clearer due to finer ingredients and improved melting processes. Steam-run wheels made deeper cutting easier, although their use was not new to the period.

The thick lead glass, the handmade blanks, and the hours of skilled craftsmanship required for cutting decoration on blanks made this ware expensive. With today’s labor prices, the cost of producing tableware of this type would be prohibitive. The collectors who acquire this lovely crystal will have glass that will not be reproduced.

Although early Anglo-Irish glass was deeply cut, the patterns appearing after 1880 were more intricate and often completely covered pitchers, bowls, and candlesticks, even the rims and bases. The upper part of tumblers and necks of bottles were often the only clear areas, and even the latter were sometimes cut. The bases of most pieces had either a continuation of the pattern or a star. Like pressed glass, cut glass was made in sets for tableware. Articles such as chandeliers, candlesticks, candelabra, and vases were popular in early cut ware. By 1880 lamp shades and globes, complete lamps, and dresser sets were also made of cut glass.

“At no previous time have its uses been so many and its varieties so numerous. While the common glass is cheap beyond precedent, the finer glass, made from the best materials and highly wrought by hand, has exquisite beauties to which the world’s markets attach high values. It has the luminous brilliancy of colorless crystal, made by skillful cuttings to sparkle with white light or prismatic colors.” Thus one catalogue described its product.

Elaborate cut ware was beyond the reach of the majority, and therefore all the more desiw able. Factories making pressed glass soon foun” a substitute. Instead of selling plain blanks t the cutting shops, they pressed patterns into the blanks. Semiskilled cutters touched them up on the cutting wheel to make them almost perfect imitations of completely handmade articles. The short-cut method allowed a large supply to reach the market and as always happens when a scarce article becomes plentiful, cut glass no longer commanded so high a price. It was just a step to selling pressed blanks without the touching up on the cutter’s wheel, and then to making them of cheaper glass. “Near-cut” and “press-cut,” as the quantity productions were described, were advertised in mail-order catalogues as perfect imitations of popular cut ware.

By 1895 many factories were making this imitation cut glass. A decade later the deep cutting on hand-blown or machine-pressed blanks was rapidly going out of style. The market was so flooded with cheap imitation cut ware that by the time of World War I only a few cutting shops remained.

Until quite recently collectors of American glass have avoided cut ware because the early cut glass was considered to be Irish ware and the glass cut about 1900 not old enough to be considered an antique. For sometime, however, there has been a market for cut ware in the Southwest. Collecting either table sets (goblets, wines, sherbets, tumblers, plates, and odd pieces) or single decorative pieces, especially large fruit bowls, is becoming more and more popular everywhere. Those who start a collection now will be able to obtain a more complete set faster and more easily, and at a lower price, than in a few years.

The person who likes to collect one class of articles can choose small items such as knife rests, condiment sets, and the inevitable matchholders -hats, slippers, and boots. Cruets and cologne bottles are particularly lovely in cut glass, and powder boxes make very attractive candy containers. A punch bowl with the tray and cups is an expensive but very desirable set.

For the collector who wishes rare or cabinet pieces there are presentation, commemorative, and other special-order articles. Such a one is the large St. Louis punch-bowl set cut for the Libby Exhibit at the World’s Fair in 1904.

Repaired  Rim

Repaired Rim

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Verlys antique glass vase repair / restoration

Sunday, October 10th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Chipped Glass Repair | No Comments »

Made in northern France this Verlys glass vase has a small chip on the base .  Sent to me for repair from Fla. the Miami area.

Verlys Art Deco Crystal Vase

Verlys Art Deco Crystal Vase

Verlys signed crystal  vase

Verlys signed crystal vase

chipped bottom

chipped bottom

v vase 2

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crystal bowl repair broken foot

Friday, October 8th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, broken glassware | No Comments »

Sent to me from Atlanta Georgia this deco crystal bowl has been in the family for many years and has a lot of sentimental value . It was a very bad day when the bowl fell and the foot was broken off.

Crystal Bowl with broken foot

Crystal Bowl with broken foot

With a broken foot

deco b 3

deco b 2

deco b 1

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