How to Glue Decorative Art Glass

By Cheryl Torrie

Things Needed

  • Glass cleaner
  • Clean cloth
  • Silicone-based adhesive
  • Painter's tape
  • Razor knife
  • 600 grit (fine) sandpaper
  • Damp cloth
  • Ceramic projects repair adhesive
  • Acetone

Being able to glue decorative art glass and make the repair virtually invisible and seamless breathes new life into your intricate and flowing piece of art. Glass artisans at Murano, Galle, Hora and Hoya create glass masterpieces that add elegance and style to any home decor. Unfortunately, the beauty and fragility of art glass makes it vulnerable to breakage. Choosing the right adhesive to use when repairing glass sculptures makes the difference between total restoration and trash.

Glue Cracks in Art Glass

Clean the glass with glass cleaner.

Wipe the piece dry with a clean cloth.

Cut the tip of the silicone-based adhesive tube at a 45 degree angle and puncture the foil seal with a nail.

Fill the crack with the silicone-based adhesive and cover the filled crack with a small strip of painter's tape.

Remove the tape slowly after 72 hours and cut any excess adhesive from the sculpture with a razor knife.

Glue Broken Art Glass

Clean the glass pieces with glass cleaner.

Sand the broken edges, while the pieces are still damp, with 600 grit sandpaper.

Wipe the the edges with a damp cloth and allow them to dry for 15 minutes.

Open the ceramic projects repair adhesive tube by screwing the tip of the cap into the tube.

Apply a drop of glue to one of the glass pieces and spread the adhesive across the broken surface with the tip of the glue tube. For a strong bond you will need one drop of glue per square inch of glass surface being joined.

Press the pieces together and hold them in position for one minute.

Wipe any excess glue from the sculpture with a cloth dampened with acetone.

About the Author

Based in Covington, Tenn., Cheryl Torrie has been writing how-to articles since 2008. Her articles appear on eHow. Torrie received a certificate in travel and tourism from South Eastern Academy and is enrolled in a computer information systems program at Tennessee Technology Center at Covington.