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
- Glass cleaner
- Lint-free cloth
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.
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.
Clean each piece with glass cleaner sprayed onto a lint-free cloth and then applied to the piece.
Insert a pin through each piece's hole.
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.
Reconstruct the chains one at a time, including attaching all the pendants.
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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