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Chandelier & Lighting Design

Arms, Ferrules & Plaster of Paris May 19 2017

Chandelier arms are the center of a good chandelier. They are what adds the diameter and scale to the central body of the fixture.  There can be many or just a few. We sell arms from 6-inches wide to a massive 24-inches wide.  Occasionally these arms break and cause significant problems to the chandelier owner.  We get asked from time to time about how to get the metal piece off...

Methods of Making/Finishing Chandelier Prisms January 26 2017

When looking at various crystals, it is good to consider just how they are made. There are several standard methods that have been used for centuries. The following will provide a little information about the most popular. HAND CUT AND POLISHED: This methods goes back the farthest, as for centuries in Europe the trained and skilled craftsmen individually cut and polish prisms by hand. Typically, Turkish Crystal is hand cut...

Speaking the "crystal" language January 09 2017

The term "crystal" is thrown around quite a bit in the chandelier prism world, so for consistency sake we would like to give it some context and definition. Glass is basically made from silica sand and other minerals such as soda ash and limestone. When we speak of "crystal", the understood reference is that the glass prism or chandelier part contains a significant amount of lead oxide as well. This practice began...

Hanging crystal prisms (sun catchers) with dental floss December 06 2016

We do not recommend using dental floss to hang crystal chandelier parts.  We've had reports of people using dental floss in windows to make sun catchers.  Dental floss is easy to come by so it's only natural people think of it.  There are many types of dental floss including waxed and unwaxed in mono-filament (single) and multi-filament (multiple) thread styles. The standard multi-filament can have as many as 1000 strands...

Replacement parts for your chandelier! September 26 2016

We get many requests every day for help in finding replacement or broken chandelier parts. We are glad to help, but there are limits to what we can do.  Here's a few tips: 1. We don't have a huge library of old manufacturers catalogs.  Many people write in and say they have a "Miller" or a "Smitty" this or that.  This doesn't help us.  We deal in parts and prisms...

New platform, New possibilities September 04 2014

We are excited at ChandelierParts.com to have moved our website to a new platform. While much of our site looks very much the same, there are many new and exciting features. Among the advantages to our new site is ultimately a better search feature, the products present much cleaner and improved photos, easier to understand quantity discounts, integration to social media that will make new product announcements accessible, plus so...

Millimeter Conversion Chart August 26 2014

MM Approximate Size In Inches Exact Size In Inches 1mm 1/32 Inch 0.03937 Inches 2mm 1/16 Inch 0.07874 Inches 3mm 3/32 Inch 0.11811 Inches 4mm 1/8 Inch 0.15748 Inches 5mm 3/16 Inch 0.19685 Inches 6mm Just short of 1/4 Inch 0.23622 Inches 7mm Little over 1/4 Inch 0.27559 Inches 8mm 5/16 Inch 0.31496 Inches 9mm Just short of 3/8 Inch 0.35433 Inches 10mm Little over 3/8 Inch 0.39370 Inches 11mm...

Measuring a Chandelier Arm August 26 2014

Below, you will find several illustrations on the proper way to measure various chandelier arms. Up Rope Scroll Rope Arm Rope Up Flute Scroll Flute Arm Flute

Cleaning a Chandelier August 26 2014

The following information is courtesy King's Chandelier Co. "If properly cared for a chandelier is an investment and an heirloom that can be passed down from generation to generation" Most people never need to clean a chandelier more than once a year. In many cases, especially with new house constructions, once every two years will suffice. Cleaning a chandelier can be intimidating, but the shining result is well worth the...

Chandelier Size August 26 2014

You want the size of your chandelier to complement the room that it is in. Finding the right size chandelier for your room does not have to be a difficult task. There is a simple formula that can help you. Just to give you a general idea of where to start with size, add the width and length of your room measured in feet. The sum equals the desired diameter...

Parts of a Chandelier August 26 2014

Crystals:The main part of a crystal chandelier is certainly the crystal itself. Crystals that are used in chandeliers can be one of many types. A chandelier can have very high priced crystals which are made by some of the best crystal companies in the world, such as Swarovski Strass crytals or can have more economical crystals, which although less expensive in terms of money, are still very reflective & brilliant.Chandelier...

Finding the Right Size Replacement Part August 26 2014

To help you find the right size replacement part, always measure the actual prism length and do not include the top bead. So if your prisms or pendalogues measure 4"e;(not including top bead) then you should look for a 4"e; prism with a similiar shape. The prism bead or jewel head along with the head pin add approximately 1/2"e; to 3/4"e; to the stated prism length.

Dressing A Chandelier August 26 2014

Chandeliers are a prominent part of many homes. If your chandelier doesn't quite fit your home anymore, consider a redressing. Redressing a chandelier can involve replacing prisms, a thorough cleaning, adding shades, changing bulb styles, adding a unique candle cover in addition to many other items. Prisms & Chains Prisms are often the most distinguishing feature of a chandelier, establishing it's identity. Adjusting the style and quality of prism can...

Picking a Chandelier March 05 2014

Chandeliers go back centuries. They are a focal point in a house, foyer, dining room, hall or anywhere you need elegant lighting. A chandelier can be a statement with elegance and grace or it can simply provide lighting. The points to consider when looking for a chandelier are: HEIGHT: If you have a standard eight foot ceiling you'll need more of a flush mount that doesn't come down into the...
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