Here are a few of our favorite Antique Brass Chandeliers we completed in 2014
We wanted to showcase a few of our Projects we completed using our own Chandelier Crystals to show our customers some examples and finished projects using our crystals to show the beauty they can add to a lighting fixture. All the Chandeliers were stripped down and cleaned using our process listed in a prior blog post. We replaced all the old dingy prisms with our line of chandelier crystals which all have a beautiful glimmer to them. We would love to hear from you so please post your comment below.
Learn Trade Secrets Restoring Old Antique Brass Chandeliers.
How to Restore an Old Antique Brass Chandelier like the Professionals.
Our step by step process was developed by one of our own professionals & owner of Crystal Prism World, "Daniel McMaugh. With over 20 years of experience and over 500 successful full restorations for clients all over the world. Learn his trade secrets and please be sure to read the entire process prior to beginning your restoration project.
We purchased this old antique brass chandelier with crystals from a flea market for $125.00 with the idea of providing a step by step process to showcase how easy and simple it is to turn an old antique chandelier into a Masterpiece. The project was so easy as all we did was simply strip down and removed all the chipped, scratched original crystals and cleaned the brass with WD40 Spray which is a trade secret. We discard the old low quality crystals and replaced them with new high quality yet very affordable chandelier crystals. Now, when cleaning an old brass chandelier you don't want to remove the patina that took years to collect but simply enhance and clean what's already there. Take a small paint brush like an Artist would paint with and spray WD40 into a cup. Simply dip the brush into the WD40 Spray and start to wipe the brass like you are painting a picture and the wd40 will lift the dirt and re-hydrates the old brass that has dried out over the years. After you've applied the WD40 let it soak into the brass and wiping away the excess after 30 minutes. After you've cleaned the chandelier you are ready to hang the crystals. There is nothing to hanging crystals as each chandelier will have existing holes where the crystals are to hung from so all you have to do is hang each chandelier crystal where each of these holes exist. Well, that's about it...Very simple and straight to the point so next time you see an old junky looking chandelier, buy it up and refurbish it...You won't regret it.
Recommendation: We recommend using 15 watt light bulbs for any chandelier that has over 16 lights. With so many lights bulbs you will over power your room and over heat the room.
Electrical: We always recommend having a licensed electrician inspect the wiring as some of the older chandeliers with cloth wrapped wiring may be unsafe due to the age. Later model chandeliers, sconces, candelabras & lamps might have more current plastic wrapped wiring but when it comes to electrical its better to be save and have it inspected. Restored Antique Chandeliers are much more desirable & valuable with new Premium Crystals and New Wiring.
Supplies needed for this restoration project.
1. Artist Paint Brush $2.97
2. WD40 $4.97
3. Plastic Cup f- rom your Kitchen
4. Chandelier Crystals $2.50 Each (Take 40% Off Today)
5. Crystal Chain 12mm $18.50 per 6 Feet
It's a much easier task than most people think. This whole project took less than 2 hrs. You simply clean the brass explained in the first step, remove the old crystals and replace them with new chandelier crystals & crystal chain and your done. Its such an easy project I recommend this to anyone at any skill level.
How To Make A Wedding Centerpiece Using Crystals & Chain on a Budget
We are always looking for ways to showcase our wedding crystals and what better way to do that than to create a wedding centerpiece using our crystals and show how we created this stunning centerpiece on a strict budget. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a centerpiece to get the wow factor. Every bride wants to see all her hard work and planning to come perfectly together at the reception. The wedding centerpiece is one of the main focal points and the beautiful cast of rainbows by using crystal prisms can enhance the already stunning surroundings. While centerpieces are created for there beauty they also can be done economically. A difficult choice that all Brides need to decide if flowers should be used as centerpiece on the special day. Fresh Cut Flowers are beautiful but yet can be quite costly so we are finding more and more brides choosing artificial flowers. Silk flowers always remain a cost effective solution, they can be re-purposed, easy to arrange and easy on budget. The centerpiece we created was created with silk flowers to keep withing out budget but you may use fresh cut flowers if your budget allows for it. Quality is always a top priority for such a special occasion and finding ways to purchase quality items at cheap prices is always a priority for the Bride. That is exactly what we have done with this centerpiece, we will show you how to create a beautiful wedding centerpiece using hanging crystals & crystal garland chain while saving money. Below we will provide you with a list of prices we paid from each particular item.
Needed items and where we purchased them from:
- Clear vase (size depending on your preference). We bought from Home Goods, it was 20’ high and 4 ½ wide. The price was $7.99.
- Foam ball (size should be 2” or 3” larger than the vase opening). We bought from Michaels Craft Store, 7” FloraCraft Foam Ball. The price was $13.99 (we used an online coupon for $40% off one item, paid $8.39).
- Hydrangea Stem white, 8 qty. We bought from Michael's Craft Store Ashland spring stems. The price for each was $6.99 (on sale for $50% off, paid $3.49 each).
- Hydrangea Stem green, 3 qty. We bought from Michael's Craft Store, Ashland spring stems. The price for each was $6.99 (on sale for $50% off, paid $3.49 each).
- Ashland Greening Pins, 1 box of 50 pc. Bought at Michael's Craft Store. The price was $2.49.
- Crystal Chain (14mm), 1 bag. From Crystal Prism World. price was $12.50
- French Pendalogue Prisms 50mm, qty 8 From Crystal Prism World Price was $13.20
- French Pendalogue Pendant 63mm, qty 1 From Crystal Prism World. Price was $1.85
- Loose octagon crystals qty 2 of the 50 pc bag. From Crystal Prism World. Price was $6.00
- Ramsat LED battery operated push light, 1 qty. From Michael's Craft Store. Price was $11.99.
- Total cost for this wedding centerpiece was only $71.39....WOW
STEP BY STEP PROCESS
Wash the vase with a window cleaner, inside and out.
Using wire cutters cut the stem of the hydrangea flower 5” from the bottom of the flower stem.
Place the flowers starting at the top of the ball working all the way down and around, leave an open space at the bottom of the ball about 1” larger than the vase opening.
Arrange your flowers per your desired preference prior to adding the crystals.
Separate the crystal chain in the following link lengths, leave the round connector on each end. Center crystals: 12 crystals, 10 crystals and 5 crystals.
Surrounding crystals, 5 strands of 8 crystals each, I strand at 7 crystals each.
Attach the smaller French Pendants to the chain except the 12 links, add the larger French Pendant to the 12 link chain.
Greening Pin through the round of the 12, 10 and 5 piece of garland chain. Attach each pin to the ball, stagger at your preference.
Add 1 Greening Pin per remaining garland chain. Attach at your desired height. We placed ours 3” from the center of the bottom of the ball, the distance is 3” apart. For the 7 crystal garland chain, place lower on the ball to allow for the outside chains to be the same length.
Place the ball on the vase to review the finished product.
Fill vase with the remaining crystal pieces and add the 2 bags
DIY Chandelier Crystals & Prisms Cleaning.
How To Clean Old Antique Chandelier Crystals & Prisms The Correct Way.
We get asked a lot about how to clean old and new hanging chandelier crystals so we decided it was time to answer that question. The best way to answer this question is to provided everyone with a step by step process that's been held under wraps for years. The only way to clean your hanging crystals thoroughly and correctly is to take them off your lamp, sconce or chandelier. You will find sprays on the market that promise to clean your crystals without removing them from the fixture but after multiple tests, we have found they just don't get the crystals clean. Well, with that said here is what you will need to complete the job.
Items needed to complete the job
2. Mr. Clean Scrubbing Bubble Spray (Bathroom)
3. Towel for drying (Microfiber recommended)
Place the chandelier crystals in the colander and in this case we used antique teardrop crystals we removed from our own antique chandelier hanging in our dining room. Spray a liberal amount of Mr. Clean Scrubbing Bubbles on the crystals and don't be afraid to use to much as it wont hurt the crystals or the metal pins. The bubbles literally find there way around the crystal and the hole and lift off the dirt with ease to reveal the original beautiful crystal glass.
Let the bubble soak for a couple minutes and when you see that the bubbles are about gone like seen in the photo above its time to rinse them off.
Rinse the crystals thoroughly with warm water.
Once you have thoroughly rinsed the crystals be sure to dry them off before they dry naturally. This part is very important because depending on how hard your local water is you might have crystals with hard water stains so be sure to dry them off before they dry on there own.
Here's the final product and as you can see these old antique teardrop crystals look amazing. The task of removing the crystals from your light fixture might seem like a daunting task but it's completely worth it and the only way you will obtain that sparkle you once had when your chandelier crystals were new. This is a trade secret that has never been made public until now so take this info and use and share it with your family and friends.