can small chips on crystal be filed down?

ginny20August 24, 2012

I have some 25+ year old Mikasa crystal wine glasses. They're neither antique nor valuable, but I like them. I'd like to be able to use them for entertaining, but I don't have enough left without small chips at the edge of the bowl. The crystal is very thin on these, and they chipped easily. I'm trying to see if I can just get more at, but if not, is there a file of some kind you can use to just smooth out the edge a little? Is this something only a pro should attempt?


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Yes....I have never done it....but I know you can take them "somewhere" and have the chip filed off.
When you are looking to buy a "set" of antique crystal goblets....always line them up to see if they ae the same height....many times one or 2 will have been ground down 1/4 inch or so to eliminate chips.
I have heard of people doing it themselves with wet garnet sand paper.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 5:11PM
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Thanks, Lindac. Since I can't use them as is, it might be worth it to try one and see.

I didn't know that about the varying height in sets. Thanks for that info, too.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 5:38PM
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I've used wet & dry sandpaper(it's dark grey/black color) & wet it or some emeryboards(not metal ones) that are very fine work well as you can gently pull back & forth until smooth. I live in earthquake country so that is how we handle saving our treasures from the trash can. That way you can use some lightly damaged things or at least not cut your fingers on grandma's 100 yr old family treasure.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 12:28AM
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Thanks, Sunnyca. You mean like nail emeryboards? I have those around anyway.

Wow, I never thought of that advantage of living in a snow zone instead of an earthquake zone. A blizzard that leaves 3 ft of snow is a pain, but it's never broken any of my glasses. That's part of the difference between an inconvenience and a disaster, I guess.

Hope you stay earthquake-free.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 11:20AM
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Fori is not pleased

I chose earthquakes. =)

I've got some old chipped crystal as well. Maybe I'll try this!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 1:13PM
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Well, there is the point that while you may or may not have a quake in a given year, snow is guaranteed for me every winter. Unless we don't do anything about global warming. Then Upstate NY will become a tropical zone, and we can scrap our snowblower.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 6:07PM
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I have very fine file made just for crystal. It's very easy to use on tiny chips so the glass is safe to drink from.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 6:24PM
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This is it.

Here is a link that might be useful: crystal file on Amazon

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 6:33PM
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That looks great, cloudy christine. Thanks. The price of that file is about the same as replacing one glass. Worth a try, since I need to either replace or repair 5. And I still don't know if Replacements even has my pattern.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 8:41PM
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You're welcome. I should have mentioned that you have to do the filing under water. I think mine came with that direction.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 8:06AM
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Ginny, Yes you can use a regular cardboard ?? file but I had some I got at beauty supply that have a foam core in center & then 1 side is very fine & other is rougher, I use them to file off rough edge on painting projects or between coats on small projects. Mine are 7 in. long & 3/4 in wide but a narrower 1 works best on glass rims. I will take earthquakes any day over floods & 10 ft of snow. I remember walking home from babysitting with huge walls of snow on both sides of road & in spring a couple of times the lake flooded & we rowed down to elderly neighbor lady to take her food & check on her. We passed food to her through a window. Our house was much higher but when I was at college that spring had a nasty storm that took out 1/3 of our front yard. My dad got discarded bedsprings & other huge pieces of metal & made a wall to hold the rest of yard & then covered it with graduated concrete, soil & stone down to lake. I had nightmares until they moved out here.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 1:17AM
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I have used that crystal file on several old kitchenware glass baking dishes and old depression to smooth the chips out. It takes the sharpess out of the chip.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2012 at 6:30PM
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I have used very fine black emery boards to smooth edges of glassware I wanted to keep. Go slowly and use very, very fine emery or sandpaper, not the regular brown emery board.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 7:33PM
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