Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Blenko Stopper Repairs

I promised you before and after photos, and here they are. The 6734 decanter in plum was purchased in 2004. I don’t recall what I paid for it, but I did get a discount on it as the stopper was badly chipped. Though the stopper was very poorly repaired, most of the pieces were present. Because most of the original glass was there, Wayne Montano was able to reform it out of the original plum glass. The 6418 decanter in olive green was purchased earlier this year. I ended up paying about $85 for it, again because of the damage to the stopper. In this case, there was a lot of glass missing. Wayne cut off the damaged portion, and added clear glass to reshape the base of the stopper. When repairing something like this, he needs both the stopper and the bottle. When he is reshaping the stopper it will be seated properly in the decanter so that it will display as intended.
Montano has repaired glass for years, and has done work on various pieces of my mother’s collection, as well as my Blenko pieces. If you are considering purchasing a less than perfect piece of Blenko, consider including the price of repair in the total. Check their website: http://www.montanosglassrepair.com/ to see if they will be at a show, or an antique shop near you. You can drop off your glass, get an estimate of the repair cost, and what it will entail. Wayne will not overcharge you, and will deliver quality work.
Montano's Antique Glass Repair
c/o The UPS Store
828 S. Washington Ave #128
Emmett, ID 83617
In Idaho: 208-398-8722
Outside of Idaho Toll Free: 1-888-998-8722
Cell Phone: 1-760-475-7867
Fax: 208-398-8722
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Dr.BOB said...

With your comments, WVJanis and the comments of Bruce and Larry and others, I grow as a collector of WV Glass.
My wife will be phoning for shipping instuctions we have several high end items / that need a bit of love.

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Anonymous said...

Hilary hope you and your family remain okay after the wreck.
If repairing a car were as simple as Diane make bottle repair
your life would be good.
We brought boxes from the post office today so our three cracked items will go into the mail I have a genie bottle with small crack in bottom, the crack has bother me for a decade. To learn there is a professional repair is exciting.
3 years ago the Blenko Glass people told me " there is no proper way to fix" and suggested cutting and grinding the bottle into something else.
Send this info to Blenko plz.

buckndi said...

I would send a description of the damage with photos first, before you ship your bottles off to Idaho. Just to be clear, Montano does beautiful work on rim chips and stopper repair. I do not know what, if anything, he can do about a cracked bottle. Good luck with your repairs! Diane

sweetdoc said...

You never disappoint me
with your brillant suggestions and comments.
This one I'll file for future use.

bone said...

With permission I want to use this in our local collector group newsletter.

buckndi said...

If my permission is needed, as owner of the photos, I give it to you.