How do I Repin a Chandelier?

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How do I Repin a Chandelier?
Chandeliers like this one can be repinned at home. (Chandelier image by TekinT from

Chandeliers add a touch of classic style to any home, but no lighting fixture is as complicated or as prone to damage over time as a chandelier. One of the most common parts of a chandelier to fail are the pins, which hold the crystal chains and pendants together and attach them to the chandelier. Repinning a chandelier is a painstaking process that can be done at home with the right tools and technique.

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Things you need

  • Crystal chandelier
  • Chandelier pins
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Water
  • Glass cleaner
  • Lint-free cloth

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  1. 1

    Remove the chains from the chandelier. Keep them intact and lay them out on a clear surface in the manner they were arranged on the chandelier. This is crucial for correct repinning and reassembly of the chains.

  2. 2

    Remove the existing pins from the pendants and chain pieces. Bend each pin straight and pull it from its chain piece with a needle-nose pliers. Place each piece back in its original arrangement after removing its pin.

  3. 3

    Clean each piece with glass cleaner sprayed onto a lint-free cloth and then applied to the piece.

  4. 4

    Insert a pin through each piece's hole.

  5. 5

    Link the crystal pieces by inserting a piece's pin into the eye of the next piece's pin and bending it closed with needle-nose pliers.

  6. 6

    Reconstruct the chains one at a time, including attaching all the pendants.

  7. 7

    Reattach the chains to the chandelier by passing the pins at the end of each chain through the pin holes in the chandelier and bending them closed with needle-nose pliers.

Tips and warnings

  • While an entire chandelier may be repinned, it may not be necessary. Pins may be replaced as they break or all at once.
  • Lay out the chains and pendants in your work area in the exact way they were arranged on the chandelier to make it easier to reassemble.
  • Pin ends can be sharp, so use caution when handling.

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