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Proper Care And Cleaning Of Your Fine Crystal

By Rene Zydale

Glass made by with lead oxide is called crystal. Denser glass is created by putting lead oxide into it, which results in a far better brightness and exceptional color fraction. Basically, more spectacular prisms of color are achieved by increasing the lead oxidation. Not all pieces of crystal are completely alike, however. Some crystals carry significantly more weight, due to the added lead.

A glass handcrafted in crystal will almost always have some tiny air “holes”. These very small air bubbles are caught inside the glass as air is formed and carry by the heating process of sculpting the crystal piece. The only way these slight variations in the crystal can even be detected is by placing it under very powerful lamp. Crystal experts use this method to see if an item made of crystal was actually handmade as it may be labeled.

Being made by hand can also be determined by specific tell-tale signs on the outer surface of the crystal called flow lines and chill marks. Having any of these markings does not mean the crystal is inferior or defective in any way; it’s simply another way of authenticating handmade work.

Small dissimilarities among pieces such as flow lines, chill marks, fluctuations in clarity and the occasional seed bubble show up in even the most elegant of crystal collections. One can be certain that these differences will occur in molded and hand blown crystal

Although heavier on account of the lead, crystal is also softer. Even dust can damage your crystal, so knowing the proper cleaning and care of your crystal is essential to prevent chipping, abrasions, cracks, and scratches.

Here is some general crystal maintenance.

Place crystal away from other glassware.

Glasses made of crystal should always be stored bottom-side DOWN, which can support the weight of the glass far better than the rim.

- Always place glasses right side up for storage to avoid stress on the rim of the piece.

If a shard of crystal has broken apart from a glass, you may be able to fix it with a glass-based epoxy, designed to dry without blemish. Place the crystal glass in direct sunlight to make the epoxy do its job even more effectively.

Tips for Cleaning Your Crystal:

- Because of it’s abrasive properties, dust can appear to mar the surface of the piece. To avoid scratching, clean with a gentle cleanser and dry with a cloth that does not leave lint behind.

Do NOT use ammonia on glasses that have patterns or rims etched in gold. Keep solely to the gentle soap.

Collecting princess house collection crystal crystal is a hobby of mine. I learned the hard way how to clean crystal and decided to share some tips with you. My other past time is making one shoulder dresses. Both are very unique hobbies that I thoroughly enjoy. Hope you like the article!

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