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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 .
Tags: Antique Crystal repair, antique cut glass repair, Antique Glass Repair, Bottle Repair, broken crystal repair, Broken Glass Glued, Crystal Repair, Crystal Restoration, cut glass repair, Glass Repair, Glueing Glass, Remove Stains in Vases and Decanters, Sick Glass Repair
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.
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.
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.
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.
I polished out the scratches on the inside of the vase and then I polish out the scratches on the bottom of the vase .
Years of water and flowers stained the inside of the vase. It needed to cleaned.
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.
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.
Tags: Antique Crystal repair, antique cut glass repair, antique glass cruet repair, Antique Glass Repair, Antique glassware repair, Bottle Repair, broken crystal repair, Broken Glass Glued, Broken glassware repair, Chipped Crystal Repair, Crystal Repair, Crystal Restoration, decanter repair, Glass Repair, Glass Stopper Repair, glassware repair, Glueing Glass, New Stopper, Remove Stains in Vases and Decanters
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.
This is the new hand I made.
Glass restoration complete, back on the shelf so the grand kids don”t get to it.
Tags: Antique Crystal repair, Antique Glass Repair, Broken Glass Glued, glass figurine repair, Glass Parts, Glass Repair, Glass Stopper Repair, glassware repair, Glueing Glass, Remove Broken Stopper, Remove Stains in Vases and Decanters, Sick Glass Repair, Waterford Crystal Repair
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.
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.