How do I repair a broken crystal vase?
May 27, 2009 4:46 PM Subscribe
How do I cut or file down a crystal vase?
posted by junipero to Grab Bag (4 answers total)
Years ago a friend dropped and broke one of her most cherished crystal pieces that had belonged to her grandmother. She threw it away and was very upset. I took it out of her trash can, intending to somehow either repair it or make something out of it and surprise her.
Well, years have gone by, and my friend's son has just died. I found the old, broken vase in my closet and feel that it is now really time to follow through with my original plans. However...
...I have no idea what to do. When I search "cut crystal" on the internet I get a bunch of links on how to make crystal meth --- um, not really what I'm looking for.
The piece is a tall, thin vase that would probably be used for just a few flowers at a time. It has a base similar to a champagne flute, but without a shaft. Just the flute part sitting on the base part (really bad discription...sorry).
Really what I'm looking for are suggestions on how to cut off the base entirely. I know that crystal has lead in it (well, I think that is the case), so I'm a bit scared to use a hack saw to just cut the base off. I'm guessing it's not the best idea to breath in lead-laced dust.
I'd also like to drill a hole through the base and into the cavity of the vase. I'm thinking of turning it into a lamp somehow.
Anyway, any suggestions are welcome. I'm not well-versed in linking to photos, but I will try to do so so you can get an idea of what the piece looks like.
Specifics: 10 inches tall, base would have a 3 inch diameter if it were not broken, opening of flute has a 4 inch diameter; the part I would like to drill through looks to be about 1.75 inches, although that would reduce to about 1 inch if I cut the base off first.
Also, if this is important, I'm fairly certain this is a Waterford vase, probably from the 1930's or 1940's, but I really don't know that for sure. The colored part of the crystal is green.