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Does anyone know how to repair an old glass ball ornament? It has sentimental value to me.
By p from RI
Glass ornaments are so delicate, expandable foam could break it more. I'd leave it alone and hang it with the hole facing the tree so it can't be seen. Or, put some clear tape on it and color the tape. Or, find an ornament with similar color, break it and use a piece to cover the hole and glue on.
Also, fyi, craft stores sell clear, plastic round ornaments that open so you can put something in them and then close it up and hang it. I've done that with sentimental ornament just to protect them. Good Luck
First glue the crack if it is still extant and in contact with it's mirror edge, that will help to strengthen it. Fill the ornament carefully with light cotton (pull cotton ball apart to loosen and lighten it). Put enough in the ornament to support the piece which is broken off, no more, do not stuff the ornament tightly. Use instant glue or costume jeweler's fast setting glue, place a very thin bead of glue on the edge of the broken piece.
Place it carefully in line with the broken edge of the ornament. Gently hold it in place until it sets. Leave the cotton in the ornament. Stronger ornaments you can take the cotton out, but you risk breaking the ornament if it is very thin. If it is strong enough and the paint is on the inside, you can take a sharp single edged razor blade and slice off any residual glue. If you even think it might be fragile, though, do not do this. Just dab any residual glue quickly with a clean Kleenex or Q-tip.
Perhaps Krazy glue a bit of decorative ribbon over the crack/hole ?
What is wrong with the ornament, is it actually broken or just showing signs of age. I have several ornaments from the WWII era. Some of them have black spots on them, from where the finish has worn off, and one of them lost the little hanger loop, so my Mother took a hairpin and bent the ends out to the sides and then squeezed them together to fit into the opening on top and when the ends got inside the ornament they spread out so that the hairpin won't pull out. I have had newer ornaments get these black spots on them too after a time, where the finish has worn off. I don't know that there is anything that can be done about that. The older ones also aren't as shiny as they used to be.
My cat actually used this ornament as a toy and cracked it..then a piece fell away. So the ornament actually has a hole on one side. I was thinking something like that expandable foam they use for insulation.
Don't use expandable foam! Even the slightest amount too much will shatter your ornament. The plastic ornament cover sounds like the best idea. Ask at a Hallmark card shop. I have seen them there.
I have a large quantity of antique glass ornaments that are in great need of repair. Is there anybody out there that knows what kind of "see-through" or glass paint, etc. that can be used to repair all the chipped paint? I'm getting a bad feeling that the original paint had mercury in it. For some reason, that's stuck in my memory. I sure hope I'm wrong! Thank you for taking the time to read all this and hopefully give me some suggestions.
By Molly C-N