Although you may wish your favorite glasses were unbreakable, sooner or later they will develop nicks, chips, and cracks. The good news is it is possible to fix the damage, so the glasses remain usable, but whether you should depend on the extent of breakage and the amount of time, effort, and money required to make the repairs. Here's are a few things to consider when deciding whether you should repair or replace broken glassware:
Size of the Damage
Generally, the bigger the breakage, the more you should consider throwing the damaged glassware away. While it is possible to repair a glass that fell on the floor and smashed into multiple pieces, it would require a fairly large investment of time and money, and there wouldn't be a guarantee the glass would look or be usable. In this case, you're better off purchasing a replacement and only pay the money to get the glass fixed if it has significant sentimental value to you.
On the other hand, it is possible to virtually erase small cracks and nicks. Chips on the rim of the glass can be gently sanded using a glass or crystal file, while hairline cracks can be reinforced using a clear sealing compound. The only drawback to this option is eagle-eyed guests may still be able to see the damage, faint though it may be.
Be aware, while it is possible for you to do the repairs yourself, you may want to have a professional do the work. There will be less chance of further breakage, and professional glass technicians can usually do a better job of hiding the repair work.
Another thing to consider is the location of the damage as some areas will be more problematic to fix than others. For example, if a large edge of a glass breaks off, you may want to toss it and replace it with something else. Although it's possible to glue the piece back into place, it will only create a weak spot that may break again while the glass is being washed or someone is drinking from it.
Carefully consider the area where the damaged occurred and whether it will cause injury if the repair fails while someone is handling or using it. If not (e.g., the glass broke at the stem) then go ahead and fix it; otherwise, shop around for a replacement.
For more information contact a company that carries Simon Pearce glassware.