Cracked and chipped fine crystal stemware

I have a Waterford crystal wine glass that we discovered severely cracked with a chip off the rim. Is there a way to repurpose it where it will remain intact or is it better to totally break it and use it in another way?

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  • Old Waterford or new Waterford? There are crystal repair shops. Depending on how bad the chip is, it may be worth repairing. I have a chunk out of one of mine (earthquake casualty), and I filed it down and now use it to drink my juice.

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    • Ah yes you still have the authentic stemware, there is a difference. Though I have never done it myself, epoxy or resin might be the way to go as it encapsulates the piece. Hopefully there are other Hometalkers out there that can offer a foolproof method to accomplish this.
  • Christina Yates Christina Yates on Apr 08, 2018
    It might be possible to have a jeweller grind the top of the glass to get rid of the chip, it's worth asking as of course, Waterford crystal is an expensive item. I doubt, if it's cracked, it will hold wine but if it's for show then put it to the back of the cabinet. You might be able to buy a replacement glass to match directly from the manufacturer or one of the many places who source such items
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Apr 08, 2018
    Hi Ticia1000,
    I basically had the same idea that Naomie had - we often think alike. :) I looked up a website that has some ideas and also links to some resources that might help you. Wishing you the best.
  • Lina Splichal Lina Splichal on Apr 08, 2018
    It is possible you might be able to have the crack and chip repaired, but expect that to be a pricey choice. To use it intact you might wrap it with copper (or whatever color you like) either in a lacy design or coiled to cover completely. You could also cover it with ribbon, cording, burlap or twine.
    • Ticia Ticia on Apr 08, 2018
      Thank you that might be a possibility as it is beyond any repair as shown in the above linked web site. Thank you for your advice.
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Apr 08, 2018
    I wouldn't repurpose it anywhere it can break off and hurt someone. Perhaps you can place a votive candle in it and use it as an interesting candlestick. The imperfection makes it more interesting!
  • Lina Splichal Lina Splichal on Apr 08, 2018
    You are most welcome.
  • Jane Richards Jane Richards on Apr 08, 2018
    I made macrame holders for some broken crystal glassware, filled them with dirt and plants, and hung them in my windows. Be careful not to over water or you'll kill the plants. They are really beautiful.
    • Ticia Ticia on Apr 09, 2018
      Jane do you have any pictures of that posted somewhere? I'd like to see it. See my note above regarding using a resin product and tell me what you think.
  • Jane Richards Jane Richards on Apr 09, 2018
    Ticia, search macrame plant holders on Pinterest for pictures. They really are beautiful, especially with trailing plants. I also crocheted holders. I hope the resin works for you. It's so sad when a good piece of crystal breaks!
    • Ticia Ticia on Sep 07, 2018

      Thank you very much - everyone. I've decided to 'fix' it myself with glitter glue and will make a design and then put a votive in it. Might incorporate it in a some sort of centerpiece thing for the holidays. Again, thank you all for your advice.

  • Pat Pat on Sep 07, 2018

    Could you put a small bouquet of flowers in it and use it for a vase...I have done that.

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