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16 Feb 2013

In pieces



I hate to see this bowl in pieces. It belonged to my great-grandmother and I've never been able to fix it. After a while, all types of adhesives I've tried end up drying and crackling and the bowl splits up again. It seems they are not made for each other anymore.

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Odio ver esta fuente hecha pedazos. Pertenecía a mi bisabuela y nunca he logrado arreglarla. Después de un tiempo, todos los tipos de pegamento que he usado terminan secándose y agrientándose y la fuente se separa de nuevo. Parece que ya no están hechos el uno para el otro.

10 comments :

Liisa said...

Dear Karen!

Since it is a heritage of your great-grandmother and therefore especially dear to you, you might like the following advise: Try to find a gold or silver smith and bring them the bowl. If they are halfway skilled, they should be able to kinda "glue" the two glass pieces to another through a fine small line of silver or gold (whatever you might like / prefer) as the "glue". This way the bowl would be fixed and could be passed on further from generation to generation in your family.

Hope you will like the idea or that others might come up with better ideas, so we can help you to keep this fine piece of heritage.

Karen Barbé said...

Thanks Liisa! I hadn't heard before of this use of silver or gold. I'm definitely going to find someone who can do this! Thanks again :)

Ana said...

Heartbreaking split. I wonder if you could have the glass melted and joint together.

WSAKE said...

so sorry for your bowl...

i never heard of the way of glueing with silver or gold like liisa said, but in our silversmith workshop we sometimes make a small bandage of silver for broken glass things to hold them together again.

it´s rather complicated but worth it if you love it very much.

but i also think things have a right to be and stay broken :)

Merlijne Marell said...

Sorry for the bowl, but beautiful in a way...
I love your pictures and those remind me of this painting by Michael Raedecker (Do you know this 'painter'? He works with embroidery on his canvasses): http://www.flickr.com/photos/de_buurman/3721694040/sizes/z/in/photostream/

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

Qué pena! A lo mejor es que la fuente requiere para que la mimes de vez en cuando... Ya nos contarás si finalmente pruebas con el oro o plata.

Un abrazo.

Liisa said...

Karen in fact this is a very old tradition from Japan, where they used to fill cracks in glass or of china ware with some gold or silver. If you can't find a gold or silver smith daring to do it, the suggestion of WSAKE is one to consider too. It will work as well to fix the bowl and it might be easier to find someone who can do it for you. The outcome in both ways is: the bowl would be fixed only how it looks after the "treatment" will be different. If it would be fixed like I suggested it, it looks imho "finer" because there is just a kind of fine/small golden or silver ledge running through the glass. With the fix WSAKE suggested of course there is a small silver or golden bandage. I guess it's a question of ones taste / liking and of course of how much one is willing to invest.

Anyway I hope you will find a way to fix the bowl (and please don't throw the broken pieces away, even if there shouldn't be a fast solution ... time might bring a solution!!)

Thank you very much also for your visit at my blog and your kind comment. I could see why you've been attracted by the paintings of Tang Wei Min. :)

Kylie Hunt said...

Oh how sad - it's such a beautiful piece. Thankfully, it can still be placed very carefully and it still looks divine, even in pieces :) Kx

la casita de wendy said...

Hola! Gracias por tu comentario sobre la nueva colección, que bien que te haya gustado, que ilusión ^_^
Te paso el link a la web de Elena Grimaldi: http://www.elenagrimaldiphoto.com/
Es genial su trabajo, ya verás...Un beso!

Avalanche Looms / Susan Johnson said...

Hi Karen, I was rushing around like a chicken and broke my favorite Moomin mug (Too-Ticky) I can't fix it because I lost a chip, but can't throw it away,either. I like your green glass, even in 2 pieces. I also like your blog. A blog takes more thought and effort, and with pictures, so much more to offer the reader. Facebook is ok, but not at all the same. OK, now I'm going to try to get this comment published from my iPad.