Friday, March 27, 2015
|The template helped|
make the reassembly
As you may recall, when we removed the crystals for cleaning and restoring the frame we set them on a large piece of tag board so that we knew how to put it back together. This made the reassembly very simple as the cleaned parts were laid out on the template kind of like a roadmap. I reattached the four tops first and then worked arm by arm.
The flat pieces have a channel through which you run 22 gauge wire to attach to the crystal to the frame. At the attachment points there are gaps between the pieces, where rosettes are attached to cover the gaps. The rosettes add a very decorative quality and hide all the wires used to attach the flat pieces as well as the lamp cord.
Here's a short video of me attaching the rosettes using a coiling technique used often in jewelry wire wrapping.
Here is the reassembled chandelier
|With the crystals and metal parts cleaned and the frame |
re-silvered it positively glows, even without the lighting