purple not a production run colour for Chalet

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purple not a production run colour for Chalet

Post  deborah on Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:03 pm

Hi everyone,

Another very interesting thing I learned yesterday was about Chalet's use of the colour purple. Unlike Lorraine Glass Industries who did produce amethyst pieces as production pieces, when Chalet produced any piece in purple it was not a production piece. Therefore, that is why we see such few pieces in purple.

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I Saw Purple!

Post  queenoftheroad on Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:26 am

I saw a #83 piece (four arm vessel) in a beautiful deep purple and clear. I would have bought it but the disappointing part was that one of the arms was broken off by about an inch! I asked my husband if he thought he could heat the arm up with a blow torch just to try to pull it out or smooth it but he said he was afraid he'd crack the whole thing. Just wondering Deborah, does anyone do repairs to this stuff at all???
Could it be done or would it crack?
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took mine in to a glass studio

Post  deborah on Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:17 pm

Hi Queen,

Gianfranco told me there is a special glue for glass but I have never used it. I had a beautiful Chantili spike and curl that arrived with the curl broken off. I took it into the glass blowing studio here and asked them what they could do. They would not touch it - said too difficult and that if the tools and technique weren't the same - bad result. So that is why there is a picture of a broken chunk of glass to show "sommerso" in the bookLOL - I had the photographer take a hammer to it to finish it off when freezing and then bouring boiling water over it didn't workLOL He thought I was nuts! An opinion my husband had already voiced when he saw Chalet in our freezer. Even though the piece was broken I didn't have the heart to do it myself!

When you go see Rossi(seriously!) ask him re the glue. However, I believe that Glassman is right - only getting it ground down and then having it polished would be the best solution. I bought a long arm stretch on purpose that you could tell had been repqired professionally. I showed it to Tony Tedesco at the exhibit (Chalet's moleria expert) and he said probably done right at the factory and released as a second. The difference between it and the repairs you see that are just ground done but not then polished amazing. You can still tell it's been repaired as the tips are blunt but only after close inspection. So that's the way I would go instead of glue etc.
I have been told that a jeweller could do this but again have never researched. But I disagree with Glassman on one point - bet it would be expensive! Any time I have ever had a jeweller do anything - cost almost as much as the piece being repaired.

I always intended to take a broken piece into the Sheridan College glass blowing program and ask them and never got around to it. They have such amazing glass blowers coming out of there. My son is no longer there so have no reason to go to Oakville but that's your neck of the woods. Maybe an alternative to Rossi's adviceLOL

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