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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Fixing Broken Glass!

You can do it!  You can repair broken glass!  This is a great relief to those of us who live in glass houses and favour throwing rocks.

I bought a glass, candelabra style lamp at auction.  Sometime between the bidding and it arriving home, one arm broke.  That is, the lamp broke an arm, not me.  I loved this lamp and felt so bad about it being damaged that I couldn't bring myself to throw it out.

Then, I came across this glue, called Glass, Metal & More, in a sewing notions store.  I'm sure you can buy it elsewhere but that is the first time I've seen it. ~


$7.99 is not too huge an investment to give it a try.  The label said there were toxic fumes and it is extremely flammable so I  put out my corn cob pipe and headed outside to experiment.  I took rubber gloves 'cause I'm the kind of person who will glue their hand to a lamp.

Here's the sad, little broken arm. ~


It claims the glue sets up fast but I didn't find that was so.  Maybe the day wasn't warm enough.  After I added a bit more glue, I taped the arm in place and brought it inside for the night.  



By the next day, I had this. ~


The glue held well enough for me to press down on it while adding the shades. ~


It adds the perfect amount of sparkle to my desk at night! ~


Have a day where you conquer the impossible! ~

I'm sharing this with as many friends as possible:

Show Me What You Got Linky Party
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Saturday Nite Special
Home And Garden Thursday

Uncommonly Yours Link Party

Open House Link Party


40 comments:

  1. Hi Maureen, isn't it great to find a product that can save somthing you love. That little lamp is so adorable !

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    1. I held onto that lamp for months, trying to dream up some way of propping up the arm. Voila! No propping needed.

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  2. I love that lamp! So pretty! It looks lovely on your desk.
    xo wendy

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    1. Thanks Wendy. I hope you can fix your snail with this glue!

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  3. Well, that's good news! I hope it holds up because it looks gorgeous on your desk! xo Diana

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    1. So far, so good. I'm keeping a tube of this stuff around, for sure.

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  4. Wow looks great. Love the light that it shines.

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  5. Looks amazing. Love how you have found it's sparkle. I am so excited to find and follow new special places. I have no doubt I will enjoy engaging and supporting this wonderful space you have created. Thank you for sharing, I am so glad to meet you. I hope you will find some time to come visit me soon. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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    1. Welcome to my great group of friends! I had some trouble getting into your site and will try again tomorrow. See you then.

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  6. Yeah! Don't you love when something like that actually works. Your lamp is sooo pretty!
    Thanks for stopping by, Mary Alice

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  7. This fixture is so pretty. Glad you could repair it! Do you have pictures of your desk? I would love to see the whole room.

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    1. Ooooo - then I would have to clear the paper off the other side of the desk. That's why I took a tight shot. lol Clean desk is on the 'to do' list!

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  8. That was well worth repairing. It's beautiful. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. I'm trying that glue on white metal next. I've never found anything that would hold on that and have to turn down so many neat vintage pieces.

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  9. this came a week too late for me, dang! I threw out a broken vase last week after trying to figure out how to put it back together. But, next time I'll know what to do. I love that lamp and can imagine how lovely it looks in person.

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    1. It was a little too late for my antique medicine bottle that was found inside my walls. I'd had it for 30 yrs. and dropped it. Wish I hadn't thrown it out!

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  10. Maureen, The lamp is beautiful and I am so glad you could save it. Thanks for sharing this tip at the Open House party.
    Hugs, Sherry

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    1. Thanks, and it's always a pleasure to be part of Open House!

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  11. Great post! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-5.html


    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhomeb.blogspot.com

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    1. Having a slow internet connection day. I'm trying to get over to your site. Arrrrgggghhh!

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  12. Thank you for the invitation and for joining me here! I'm heading over to Our Delightful Home right now!

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  13. Oh cool! Who knew!? and... what a pretty little lamp!

    Cindy

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  14. Who knew is right. Great tip and love that lamp. I picked up a hurricane lamp with pedestal for $2 and was so excited until I went to wash it and broke the bottom off, lol. Maybe I would have been able to save it if I had known. No worries,...I'm good at breaking things so this tip will definitely get used in the future. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Glad it wasn't your arm that broke! I was at the thrift shop and a woman tried to donate an old chandelier but the shop wouldn't take since it needed rewiring. She gave it to me but it could use some of that glue - great tip and glad you were able to rescue that beauty!
    Kelly

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  16. What a pretty little lamp, so glad you were able to save it!
    Karee
    P.S. I do have a lemon tree too :)

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  17. Well done, and I must say I didn't think of repairing glass. Sparky ( my sweet husband) is fast asleep on the couch. I playing on the computer. Its a typical Friday night, giggle

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    1. Better asleep on the couch than out doing something you might not like. lol

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  18. Thanks for the tip on repairing glass. I usually have something that needs to be repaired.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z

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  19. I will look for that! Thanks!

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  20. You are just so smart and the lamp is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us! Hope you will join us again tonight!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  21. Awesome tips!! Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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