How to Repair a Snow Globe Music Box

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Snow globe music boxes can hold special memories.
Snow globe music boxes can hold special memories. (Image: christmas snow globe image by Christopher Nolan from Fotolia.com)

Picking up a snow globe music box can transport us to a different time and place, even to our childhood. Unfortunately, snow globes are delicate things. The thin glass that forms the globe can not withstand a hard bump or a drop to the floor. Too much winding of the key can wear out the music box. Replacement parts are available, and by following some simple steps, you can repair your snow globe music box.

Things You'll Need

  • Work gloves
  • Garbage can or bucket
  • Mild soap
  • Water
  • Clean soft rag
  • Soft cloth
  • Waterproof glue or epoxy
  • Distilled water
  • Glycerin
  • Fake snow, mica or glitter
  • Plumber's tape
  • Waterproof silicone sealant
  • Bath towel
  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement music box

How to Repair the Broken Glass Globe

Wear work gloves to protect your hands from broken glass. Hold the broken snow globe over a garbage can or bucket and carefully drain the remaining water. Discard the shards of broken glass. Retrieve loose figurines or objects from the snow globe scene and set them aside. Remove pieces of the glass globe that remain attached to the music box.

Clean the inside base of the snow globe with mild soap and water and a soft rag. Rinse thoroughly. Avoid getting the music box wet. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. Let the base dry completely before gluing anything to it.

Glue loose figurines or objects to the inside base of the snow globe with a waterproof glue or epoxy. Allow to dry completely, at least 24 hours.

Clean the inside of the replacement globe. Fill the globe with distilled water and two or three drops of glycerin. Leave an air space, which will appear above the figurines when the globe is turned upright.

Add fake snow, mica or glitter to the water.

Wrap plumber's tape or place an even coat of waterproof silicone sealant on the threads of the new snow globe and the music box base. Screw the snow globe into the base.

Roll a bath towel into a doughnut shape. Place the snow globe, upside down, into the middle of the towel. Allow to dry completely, undisturbed, for at least 24 hours.

How to Repair the Music Box

Place the snow globe upside down in a bath towel that has been rolled like a doughnut to provide a steady, safe workplace.

Remove the key from the music box by turning it counterclockwise until it is free from the unit.

Unscrew the wooden bottom from the snow globe base with a screwdriver. Set aside. Pry the music box from the inside of the base with the tip of the screwdriver.

Apply small dabs of craft glue to the bottom of the new music box and place it inside the base where the old music box had been. Make sure that the opening for the music box key is lined up with the opening in the wooden base.

Screw the wooden base in place. Place the key through the hole so that it is sitting on top of the music box. Screw the music box key in place by turning it clockwise until it is tight. Remove the snow globe music box from the bath towel holder and place it upright.

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