Our How-to YouTube Channel

After 2 years of saying we were going to do it… we did it!  Our YouTube ChannelIMG_1022

We have finally started a public YouTube channel.  Our first offerings are short videos on how to re-pin chandelier crystals. Stay with us a few weeks as we get through the series.

As with everything we do, we want your feedback! What do you want to learn? What do you want to see us do, make, fix?

Reply or send us an email if you are shy… crystal@chandelier.com and put blog idea in the subject line.

-Nancy

Candle Covers

In our chandelier world (which is such a pretty place) a candle cover is the piece that slides over the socket.  Sometimes it is wax, glass or cardboard, but usually it is plastic.

Candle covers don’t last forever.  Here are some common complaints:

IMG_0694Burnt Edges – Frequently on a candle cover, the edges closest to the bulb will darken due to heat from your light bulbs.  To prevent this from happening, make sure that the cardboard insulator on a socket rises above the candle cover by about 1/8″ inch.  Now, new covers are not that expensive, but if you don’t want to purchase new, simply unscrew the bulb, remove the cover and turn it upside down, and place it back on the socket.  Easy peasy… but it only works once if your covers continue to burn.

burnt candle coversDiscoloration – Like many plastics and cardboards, the material used in candle covers may discolor in the sun or simply change color over time.

Deterioration – Heat and time will also lead to the breakdown of these covers.  You may see the covers shrink to the point that they are extremely tight on the socket.  Or, they crumble at the slightest touch, particularly around the edge closest to the bulb.

To replace these covers, simply unscrew your bulb and lift up. If yours are very old, they may be very tight on the socket.

Determining the size you need for replacements…

  1. Measure the diameter.  Odds are you have either a candelabra socket or an Edison base socket.  Covers that fit a candelabra base socket are usually listed at 13/16th of an inch for inside dimension.  Covers that fit an Edison (same as Medium) base are usually listed as 1 3/16th of an inch for inside dimension.
  2. Measure the length.  This will vary more greatly.  Covers are most frequently available in 3″, 3.5″, 4″, 4.5″ and 6″.  If you are lucky, you may find a vendor that will cut them to length if yours are unusual. (We do!).

We are fans of thick walled, plain white plastic covers, but there are many other styles available: cardboard, beeswax, poly wax, plastic that looks like wax, black, ivory, velvet. Keep in mind that many materials do have a wattage limit.

If you need help with your covers, send us an email.  Some of our more common sizes are listed on the site: Our Candle Covers.

-Nancy

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