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.
Sterling Silver Vase
This sterling silver vase arrived in two pieces. The trumpet vase was also badly damaged, crushed, and wrinkled. The before photo doesn't even begin to capture how badly wrinkled and dented it was when it arrived.
This flower vase originally belonged to the customer's mother and she wanted it fixed so that she could enjoy the memories.
The objective was not to make this silver vase to look like new. That isn't possible, but with several hours of careful repair I was able to reshape the vase and fluted top. This vase is completely transformed and looks better than I even hoped was possible.
After reshaping the vase it was reattached to the base. It is wonderful to continue using an object with sentimental meaning.