How to Repair Gold Trim That is Flaking on Crystal Wine Glasses
There’s nothing that makes a splash at a dinner party quite like fine stemware such as crystal wine glasses. Oftentimes the host gets extra points for style when the glasses are adorned with gold trim. Of course these glasses are decidedly less luxurious when the aforementioned trim is flaking off the crystal. Indeed this is a common problem – even when dealing with high-quality wine glasses.
But prices for luxurious dinnerware being what they are, it’s hardly a solution to replace a wine glass every time the gold chips. If that were the case, many people would be replacing whole wine sets twice a year, maybe more. Another option is for the owner to address the problem him or herself.
Repairing flaky gold trim is actually a fun project for those with a DIY disposition. It doesn’t take much time and the money it saves on glass replacements is worth its weight in gold.
- Microfiber cloth
- Gold leaf paper (available at crafts and home improvement retailers)
- Stiff-bristle paintbrush
- Denatured rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls
- Hobby glue
Before you start
It’s important before diving into the project to prepare the glass in question for renovation. Dip a cotton ball in the denatured rubbing alcohol and wipe away any bits of flaking gold that have yet to fall off the glass. It’s crucial not to touch any of the intact gold trim with the cotton ball, as the rubbing alcohol will remove the trim. After clearing the excess flake from the glass, dry and clean the whole piece thoroughly with the microfiber cloth.
Locate the areas on the wine glass that are missing trim. Apply a thin line of hobby glue along this area. To ensure a natural look to the trim, apply the glue about 1/8 of an inch past either end of the open space, so it bleeds over onto the intact trim. Use the tip of the paintbrush to apply the new gold leaf on top of the line of hobby glue. Press the gold leaf gently down with the tip of the paintbrush in order to ensure the leaf securely adheres to the crystal.
Allow the glue to dry and the gold leaf to set. This should take between 15-20 minutes. Once the glue is dry, use a cotton ball dabbed in rubbing alcohol to remove any stray or uneven gold leaf from the glass. It’s vital to ensure that only excess gold leaf is removed, and not the newly set gold leaf.
Proper crystal wine glass cleaning and storage
There are ways the owner can prevent the gold trim from flaking, and it involves proper cleaning as well as proper storage. Hand washing crystal wine glasses is ideal, but cleaning products containing ammonia should be avoided at all costs. Mild detergents and a soft, lint-free cloth are recommended, and owners should never dust these glasses, as it can lead to scratching.
Crystal wine glasses should always be stored right side up, ideally in a wine glass rack. Storing these glasses upside down can lead to glass chipping and further damage.
By adhering to these steps as well as the rules of proper cleaning and storage, those who own crystal wine glasses should be able to maintain their stemware for many years, possibly even down through the generations.
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