In the past, damaged or destroyed crystal or glass products had to be thrown away, regardless of its sentimental value. Today, it is possible to repair a cracked crystal vase or glass award without nearly as many hassles.
Expensive glass products, like an engraved crystal vase or glass paperweights, can be very fragile. A single crack or break is enough to destroy the vase entirely. In the past, crystal was considered irreparable if broken, but with today’s advanced machinery and technology that is longer the case. It is now possible to repair that valuable glass award or crystal vase that might have a lot of sentimental value to you.
There are professional organizations that specialize in crystal and glass repair, and they may be the best option to repair an engraved crystal award or glass item. However, there is little harm in giving this task a try at home. One can always contact professionals to take over the task of repairing the piece starts to prove too difficult.
Caution! Avoid glue or super glue as a binding agent to repair a crystal vase or similar item, as these materials do not work. Even if the glue successfully binds the vase back together, the piece will appear shabby and all the cracks will be evident in a goopy, ugly manner. Never again will the vase have that flawless finish if glue is used to repair it.
Use epoxy instead to refit the glass or crystal vase. The first step will be to accumulate all the broken pieces together. Store them carefully. It is advisable to repair the engraved crystal vase as early as possible. Allow time beforehand to accumulate all the materials required before beginning the repair.
Handle the broken pieces with extreme care, obviously you want to be sure not cut yourself. Do not tinker with them just for fun. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges so that the various broken pieces fit together perfectly – just like putting together a puzzle. Do not use a lot of force as this may break the shards further into smaller pieces.
Do yourself a favor and buy the best quality epoxy available on the market for crystal vase repair. If there are no products available specifically for glass or crystal vases, any reputable epoxy product related to glass repair should suffice. Go through the instructions carefully and prepare the solution accordingly. The epoxy should always be applied to a clean surface. Use a soft cloth to get rid of dust and small particles of glass on the crystal or glass pieces.
Apply the epoxy agent to the vase and fit the broken pieces together again. Make sure the broken pieces fit together before the epoxy dries. Wait for the vase to set together again. Use sandpaper to softly smooth out the rough edges and the job is done.
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Source by Cassi Sanders