Sterling silver teapots and coffeepots have insulators that separate the handle from the body so the handle does not get hot. The insulators were traditionally hand carved ivory, ebony or wood.
This sterling silver teapot arrived with the ivory insulators broken. You can see this in the close up of the animated image.
Since ivory is now illegal, I will use either black or white Delrin, a tough industrial plastic. Carving new insulators takes a tremendous amount of time. Each insulator needs to be hand carved. The final image shows the new insulators with the handle attached properly. CLICK HERE for more information about items containing ivory.
Repairing a Sterling Silver Baby Spoon
This sterling baby spoon arrived with the bowl of the spoon completely broken off. The bowl of the baby spoon was soldered on to the handle. I added a beautiful patch on the back of the spoon bowl and handle to strengthen the repair. The patch shape mimicked the shape of the handle. It looked so great that you would have thought it was originally part of the spoon. This is a very challenging repair but worth restoring a family memento.
Sterling Silver Butter Knife and Sugar Spoon set
Extensive damage to sterling silver spoon bowl was repaired. The sterling silver butter knife was broken in two pieces. The butter knife was repaired with an attractive patch on the back added for support and then polished.
Silver plate Coffeepot Repair of the Handle.
The handle of silver plate coffeepots and teapots often breaks off. This usually happens right at the insulators. The insulators for silver plate are only soldered in place and a weak area of the handle where there is a lot of stress during use. The insulator can usually be repaired very neatly using a low temperature solder that is a similar metal color.
This silverplate frame arrived in about 15 separate pieces. The base metal was very brittle, and once I started putting it back together, I realized that it was missing pieces. What a disaster!
To avoid the expense of silver plating, I was very careful about reconstructing the frame from the inside, and I created small pieces with silver wire, and low temperature solder.
Polished very carefully, this broken forlorn frame turned out wonderful. It holds a glass vase. The customer was very pleased.
These sterling silver candlesticks now stand up straight
When these sterling silver candlesticks arrived for repair they were tilting significantly in different directions.
To prevent this from happening to your sterling silver candlesticks do not let them get hot. Never put them in the dishwasher or let them soak in very hot water. Avoid display in a hot sunny window. The core pitch like material will get soft and they may start leaning over like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Broken sterling silver candlestick
The repair for this sterling silver candlestick is neat and makes the candlestick usable, but it does show. Only low temperature solder can be used for this repair. The pitch like core bubbles up polluting the soldered repair creating small pits. This is the best that can be done. The candlestick is useable and treasured.
PREVENT PROBLEMS: Avoid letting candles burn down all the way into the candle cup if possible. Do not twist the candle cup or candlestick when polishing. Sometimes rough polishing creates the "wrinkles" in the silver, twisting the candlestick until it breaks apart. Polish gently.