People often contact us about a broken glass item, suggesting that we could maybe melt the edges of the break and fuse them together. Unfortunately, almost all the time that's not possible. The temperature difference between the melted part and non-melted part would be too great, causing the entire piece to crack or break. And heating the entire piece to the melting point would just distort it completely.
In most cases your best bet for a fix is two-part epoxy glue that dries clear. Look for a glue that is specifically for glass. Follow directions carefully, and always work in a well-ventilated area.
If the broken item is one of a pair or set, look for a replacement online. If you know the manufacturer's name, google "[name] replacement" to find businesses that specialize in vintage or out-of-stock items. Ebay is also a great source.
If the broken item is a one-of-a-kind art glass piece, do you know who the artist is? If so, contact that person. The artist who made the item knows it inside and out, and will give you an honest assessment of the odds of fixing it. If you don't know who the artist is, send us a photo of the item; we might recognize the style.
If the broken item is an art piece made with borosilicate glass, we may be able to help. Boro glass is uniquely capable of withstanding thermal stress, and generally can be heated in one area only without cracking or breaking elsewhere. Email us a photo of the broken item and we will get back to you with advice.
If the broken item is a large art glass piece with a single clean break, and two-part epoxy hasn't worked, we may be able to help. There is a highly specialized glue for glass, that is cured in UV light, that might work. Email us a photo of the broken item and we will get back to you with advice.