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.


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.


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.

IMG_0052 IMG_0021 IMG_0020 Oval Chandelier Stripped

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.

Oval Chandelier - Wide view Oval Chandelier - Narrow view

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