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Remove Stains in Vases and Decanters

Antique Glass Repair broken crystal cruet

Friday, April 8th, 2011 Posted in Antique Glass Repair, Broken Decanter Repair, Crystal Repair Pictures, sick glass | No Comments »

The antique broken glass cruet needed restoration.  This one came  from a set that has a beautiful sterling silver holder.  First  I cleaned  the inside .

 

 

Dirty and broken cruet

 

cleaned and repaired

 

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Crystal Repair remove stains from inside cut glass vase

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, sick glass | No Comments »

Antique cut glass vases many times have stains from hard water.  This is call sick glass.  The stains come from leaving flowers and water in the vase and the stains are deposited on the sides of the vase.   Small vases like this one clean up very nice.

Sick Glass Vase

Sick Glass Vase

Cut Glass Cleaned Vase

Cut Glass Cleaned Vase

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Repair Scratched Crystal Bowl polish out wear

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, sick glass | No Comments »

Scratched Bowl

Scratched Bowl

Used and abused for many years this crystal bowl had many many scratches.  It holds many memories for years it was on gramas  table .  It held keys ,coins and pins.  The question is I can restore the bowl to its beauty and shine.

Crystal bowl polished out scratches

Crystal bowl polished out scratches

Antique crystal bowl polish out scratches

Antique crystal bowl polish out scratches

How to polish out scratches from crystal ?  This bowl is an example of the process .  I made a cork wheel that fit into the bowl. I then used some 3f (FFF) pumice and bridgeport milling machine to spin the wheel.  I mix the pumice with water untill it was like a milk shake. You have to be sure not to heat up the glass while polishing .  The heat will crack the glass.  The final polish is done with a felt wheel and cerium oxide.

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Steuben Crystal Vase Repair Sick Glass Cloudy Scratched

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, sick glass, Steuben Crystal Repair | No Comments »

This Steuben crystal vase was sent to me for cleaning.  I thought it was sick. ( cloudy from hard water stains) It was not sick it was scratched someone tried to clean it with an abrasive. They made it a lot worse by putting in thousands of scratches up and down in side the vase. I was able to carefully polish them out . Steuben Crystal has one of the highest lead content this is why the glass is clear.

cloudy steuben crystal vase

cloudy steuben crystal vase

I polished out the scratches on the inside  of the vase and then I polish out the scratches  on the bottom of the vase .

Steuben Crystal Vase after Polish of scratches

Steuben Crystal Vase after Polish of scratches

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sick glass vase cloudy crystal repair

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 Posted in All Repair Projects, sick glass | No Comments »

Years of water and flowers stained the inside of the vase.  It needed to cleaned.

cloudy crystal vase sick glass

cloudy crystal vase sick glass

crystal vase  repaired

crystal vase repaired

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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 | No Comments »

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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glass clown repair

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Antique Glass Repair, Crystal Repair Pictures | No Comments »

A Venitian Glass Clown with one broken hand and one missing hand was sent from Dallas   Texas for repair.  First I cut off the small pieces left from the hand and ground it smooth. Then I made a new glass hand .  It looks like a micky mouse hand.  Its a white glove with only four fingers. They have been making glass clowns in Venice Italy for at least eighty years. I have made  Bo Ties , Balloons, Hats, Shoes, and every thing else for repairing them.

Venitian Glass Clown missing hand

Venitian Glass Clown missing hand

This is the new hand I made.

New glass hand for clown

New glass hand for clown

Glass restoration complete, back on the shelf  so the grand kids don”t get to it.

Glass restoration complete on the Venitian Glass Clown

Glass restoration complete on the Venitian Glass Clown

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Crystal Repair Waterford Vase

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 Posted in All Repair Projects, Chipped Glass Repair, Waterford Crystal Repair | No Comments »

 Chipped Waterford vase  in need of repair. A large chip on the rim of a very large Waterford vase  I gound down about half the chip and feathered out the rest.  The vase is as good as new it just needs a dozen roses to be perfect. Shipped from California to Ohio for repair. The key to a successful journey is good packing  double boxing a must.

Deep Chip In Rim Of A Waterford Vase

Deep Chip In Rim Of A Waterford Vase

 

Very Large Waterford Vase

Very Large Waterford Vase

Chipped Crystal Repair  The “vaaas”  is as good as new and with proper care will stay that way . A good tip to keep water stains from forming inside the vase from hard water is to coat the inside of the vase with Pam spray oil.Then fill with water. After the flowers die pour out the water and use a little soap to clean off the oil. Warm water only never hot.   Definition  vase is under $300.00 and a vaaaas is over $300.00   Life is short  stop and snell the roses.

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Orrefors Crystal Repair Stained Vase

Saturday, December 13th, 2008 Posted in All Repair Projects, Orrefors Crystal Repair | No Comments »

Sick Orrefors Crystal Vase BeforeThis Orrefors vase has a cloudy film on the inside caused by water being left in with the flowers for a long time.Antique Glass  Dealers refer to this as sick glass. I polished the inside making it look like new.
Clean Crystal Vase

Clean Crystal Vase

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