What is a Bobeche?

Bobeche

What’s a bobeche, you ask?  Well, let me tell you.

BobecheIt is a bowl.  Specifically, it is a bowl on a chandelier, sconce or candelabra with the historical purpose of catching the dripping wax from a candle.  These days, most bobeches are ornamental because light bulbs don’t drip.  Also, we refer to any bowl on a chandelier as a bobeche, not just the bowl below the candle.

A bobeche can be made of wood or metal, but the prettiest ones are crystal.  Bobeches don’t have to hold prisms, but they are even prettier when they do.    Usually, tiny holes are drilled into the bobeche and a pin is inserted into the hole, then curled into a loop.  These loops hold prisms and make the world sparkly.

They can turn up like a proper bowl.  Or down like an umbrella.  Either way, they are called a bobeche.

Belladonna Detail Bobeche

How do you pronounce bobeche?  The proper pronunciation is bo-besh.  For some reason that we do not know, around here we say bo-bash.  Maybe because we’re Southern and never studied French.  Many people say bo-buh-shay and we think that is okay, too.  Who are we to judge?

At King’s we use a variety of bobeche styles on our chandeliers.  And, we are happy to substitute.  Just let us know how we can help!  www.chandelier.com.

-Nancy

Shiny, Happy Bathrooms.

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6-R-6This morning I flipped through some lovely decorating suggestions on my favorite site Apartment Therapy.  They were sharing the idea of hanging a crystal chandelier over your bathtub.  Yay for crystal chandeliers!

We are a big fan of crystal chandeliers in the bathroom.  If you want to add a bit of luxury to your bathroom or step up the romance in your master suite, simply add a crystal chandelier.  And there is no better way to impress your guests than showing them to a powder room made beautifully dramatic with a crystal chandelier.

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If you are placing a chandelier near a tub, there are a few safety and building code issues so make sure you check all of your local codes to keep your family safe.

Once you are in the clear, simply choose the chandelier you love.  There is no need to worry about the size of the chandelier as long as it gives you the floor and tub clearance you require.  Any width will do.  Most people prefer a smaller chandelier – 18″ wide or smaller, but length and total lights will dictate the right chandelier.  Be vigilant when choosing cheap chandeliers as many of them don’t allow for more than 15 watts per socket.  Unless you have plenty of recessed lights, you will want your chandelier to provide plenty of light.  Install a dimmer for a relaxing retreat.

A few suggestions from our website:

Zelda Chandelier
Zelda

LG5 Chandelier

LG5

Wentworth Chandelier
Wentworth

Enjoy!

-Nancy

How to clean your chandeliers – fast!

As I scroll through my facebook feed, I see plenty of articles on how to clean a room – fast.  I actually clean all of my rooms fast because I really don’t like to clean.  But today, a similar DIY headline made me think about how I would quickly clean a chandelier.

In our showroom, the chandeliers are almost always cleaned by removing all of the crystals, thoroughly washing them, wiping & polishing the frame, and reassembling the chandeliers; however, we’ve been known to cheat a bit when necessary.

Here is how we do it:

Safety first:  Turn off power to the light.  Find a sturdy ladder.  Protect your furniture or floor.

Use a good microfiber cloth (I love the ones that come with my glasses) and dry polish the largest pieces of hanging crystal as they hang on your fixture.

Wipe out all of the bowls (bobeches) on the chandelier with a dry paper towel or cloth.

Use a wet cloth to clean cooled light bulbs.  Then dry them.  You will be amazed at what a difference clean light bulbs make.

As always, never turn the chandelier.  Move yourself around the chandelier.

Happy cleaning!

-Nancy

Oval Chandelier – Restoration

Oval Chandelier

DSC00779We didn’t get a before photo on this beauty, but it was in excellent shape when it came to us. The owner of this oval chandelier inherited it from her grandmother and was excited to be living in a space that could finally accommodate it. After being housed in this very sexy crate for a few years, it simply needed rewiring and a little crystal work.

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Alex stripped the frame of the crystal accents and strands. The framing was in excellent shape so a thorough dusting in the nooks and crannies of the leaves and stampings was all that was necessary. Tim rewired, replaced the sockets, and reattached the glass accents on the bands.

Crystal Work detail Alex at work on oval chandelier Alex working on crystal

Putting strands of crystal on an oval chandelier is almost always an exercise in patience. The longest strands hang on the narrowest part of the chandelier, and the strands then graduate down as they hang toward the widest part of the chandelier. The goal is to make this graduation look even. Our young Alex did a great job with veteran Brenda supervising and stepping in to work on evening the most difficult area where the strands almost overlapped.

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This was such a beautiful chandelier that we wanted to share it with everyone.

-Nancy

Flat Side In, Flat Side Out

Around here, we get many questions about the proper way to trim a chandelier with crystals. The most common inquiry is whether the flat side of a piece of crystal should be facing the center of the chandelier or the outside of the chandelier.

Great question. Can we demystify this issue?

Quick definition – if a piece of crystal (pendant, prism, pendalogue, pendelogue) will lay flat on a surface, it is called half-cut. If it will not, it is called full-cut.  Below: left is half-cut, right is full-cut.

Half-Cut Octagon Full-Cut Octagon

School of thought #1… the light from a chandelier enters the flat side if it is facing inward on the chandelier and exits the multiple sides (properly referred to elsewhere as facets) creating sparkles (properly referred to elsewhere as refractions).

School of thought #2… the pin head should face out because it is considered the finished side. And, the pin head is almost always on the flat side. Therefore, the flat side is out.

Very frequently there is no interior light on a chandelier, so therefore it doesn’t really matter which side is where. And, also very frequently, the pin placement dictates whether a prism will hang straight regardless of anything else.

Ultimately, here at King’s we used the latter factor as a guide. Whatever placement makes the prism or strand hang straight on your chandelier is the best placement.