Replacing a Mica Pane

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  1. Wai

    Wai United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Hello,

    I got an old mica globe from a 1001 lamp but one of the panes were broken.


    I decided to try and replace it myself.
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    I used a scalpel to widen the gap between the metal strips:
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    Freeing the broken pane:
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    Gaps:
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    I then cut a new mica sheet to size. It was sourced from Stove Mica and the sheets were a bit thicker than the original. I'd probably request thinner sheets if I were to do this again.

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    Fitting was not easy. Unfortunately I could not get the corners in on one side. I noticed the old sheet had a notch in the corner, presumably for this reason
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    Nonetheless these are on the inside of the globe and so not very noticable.
     
  2. ROBBO55

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    Nice work Wai :thumbup:
     
  3. podbros

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    I think you've done pretty well there to get that in!.. Good stuff and detailed pics! ..:thumbup:

    Cheers!
     
  4. pete sav

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    Nice work not an easy task mica so fragile
    Mind you getting mica is not that easy either
    Pete
     
  5. Darryl Durdin

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    @Wai , good display of your skill set,
    I like old things as they were made to be repaired when needed.
     
  6. Akeepsake

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    Well done @Wai I’ve found it easier to remove the top and bottom rings once flattened out . It makes it easier to fit new panels
     
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    What exactly does that notch look like?
     
  8. Wai

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    Thanks for the encouragement everyone. I decided to post my efforts as I've not seen much online about replacing a mica pane and thought I'd give a little back. Apologies if it has been covered here previously.

    The notch is in the 4th picture where I show the completely removed broken pane. The notch is just the top left corner.
     
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    Well done. This is not an easy task but you have managed it well.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
  10. BigStevie

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    Impressive work! I have yet to try and destroy some new mica trying to fit....
     

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