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Learn How to Restore Old Antique Brass Chandeliers Like the Pros.

Learn Trade Secrets Restoring Old Antique Brass Chandeliers.

Posted on April 11, 2014 by AUTHOR Abigail McMaugh | 20 comments

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


Before Picture


 After Photos

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. 

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  • Josh

    I have seen this pattern before. These were made between 1940 and 1970 and are only stamped with “Caneurop” manufacturing. The artistry of these mass-produced yet seemingly more rare, is that their proportions and decor were never overdone or pompous. They tended to work well with lower ceilings and had a more horizontal spread, making them very comfortable to look at(if you can understand what I mean by that). These were made of solid brass and still fetch prices in the 2K and 3K range. Collecting Prisms both glass and Crystal are my thing. ;) Regards, JJ

  • Barbara Wilson

    I have this old antique brass chandelier. I need to clean it. HOW?

  • Paddy

    Amazingly, we just purchased this exact chandelier to restore. So beautiful restored! We have two questions. 1. How many feet of crystal beads did you use on this chandelier? 2. We discovered one of the top arms was broken when we got it home. Do you know where we can find a replacement arm? Thanks, and fabulous restoration and gorgeous final product!

  • Sheryl Skelton

    Hi, I just purchased a 16 light antique brass chandelier that no longer has the crystals, how do I know what kind of crystals I should buy as replacements?

  • MJH

    We found a brass chandelier in a house built in 1905. We believe it is original to the house. Made in Spain, I have been try to refinish it and spending so much time with brass polish. Glad for the new advice. Anything I should do on a chandelier because of its age?

  • MJH

    We found a brass chandelier in a house built in 1905. We believe it is original to the house. Made in Spain, I have been try to refinish it and spending so much time with brass polish. Glad for the new advice. Anything I should do on a chandelier because of its age?

  • Nancy

    Where did you buy new crystals, beads?

  • Angela

    What is the current value?

  • Larry Wasson

    Would like to replace crystals on two of my vintage Italian chandeliers. Don’t like the look of the new connectors for crystals. Can not find any information on how to attach them the original way they were done. That is with the little loop on each end of the wire. Guess special pliers are needed.

  • Maureen Gavitt

    My daughter has removed an early N.E. plain 5 light chandelier from any old New England Home. The glass shades are cracked & chipped and we think it is either brass or copper? We would like to know if it has value and how to restore it? Thank you for your time.


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