As Steuben becomes rarer with every year since the workshops have closed down, it becomes more and more worthwhile to save their pieces from oblivion. This elegant Steuben bowl was missing a 3” by 1” curved section from its rim, and would have been completely useless if not restored. We made a silicone rubber mold from a good section of the rim, and cast the missing piece with optical epoxy. While not an exact refractive match to the original lead crystal used by Steuben, the match is close enough that the seam between epoxy and glass becomes a ghost in the final repair. After casting we coated the repair with a shiny glaze that is very durable and which can also be polished so that it blends into the original surface.

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