I left the plate on my studio table for another day. That evening, my 8 year-old daughter and her friend were playing and roughhousing in my studio. I had requested that they settle down numerous times. As I was just getting up to move them out of my studio and settle them down elsewhere, my daughter used a string to reach out and catch her friend's hand. The string missed the hand, but caught a porcelain bird statue I had as a centerpiece on the table. The bird statue was yanked over on top of my customer's plate - breaking the bird statue and shattering the glass plate. No glue in the world could fix that mess!!!!
After yelling and crying and generally feeling sorry for myself overnight, I decided it was time to take a deep breath and figure out what to do. The dilemma - do I tell my client what happened? I called the client and told her that the glue was not working and I needed to refuse the plate. I would call when it was finished.
I would have to make a new plate. Fortunately, I had the exact same colors of glass in stock in my studio. I took a pattern of the leaves from the broken pieces and started cutting. After I cut enough pieces - 26 leaves - in three different colors -- my mother and I worked to lay them out like the original. The next step was to fuse and then slump the plate.
The finished piece came out beautiful! The client was thrilled and couldn't wait to get her plate home and on display. Another happy ending!
*Super glue makes a glass glue that is activated with UV light. Available at most do it yourself stores in the glue aisle.