We just hung 3 80-year-old chandeliers. It wasn't until they were up
that we noticed a few of the arms were bent; some of the light
fixtures are listing to port, some to starboard, by as much as 30
A friend came over, inspected the chandeliers, and proclaimed that the
arms were cast and could not be bent back to the original position
without snapping. Could this be true? If so, how did the arms get
bent out of whack in the first place? It appears to me that the arms
are not cast but that the leaf-like decorations on the arms are.
I would greatly appreciate any knowledgeable suggestions as to how to
go about straightening the dang thing. (Just to avoid confusion let me
state that "don't buy chandeliers on ebay!" is not a knowledgeable
suggestion regarding chandelier repair.)
Thanks in advance.
p.s. I live in Southeast MI (Ann Arbor) if anyone knows of any local
professional chandelier tamers. There were none in the phone book.
p.p.s. Also please don't respond with "I can't believe you hung
80-year-old Chandler!!" If you are prone to do this, please read the
first sentence again.
If they were not like this originally, and none have broken, then
they must be able to take bending by at least that amount.
Carefully rebend one. (check to make sure that they are not fixed
in some way and the fixings have come loose.)
The absolute worst that can happen is that one breaks.
http://inquisitor.i.am/ | mailto: email@example.com | Ian Stirling.
Well, cast metal is much more brittle than wrought metal. Something about the
way the atoms are arranged. If you drop something of cast metal, it may break;
the same object made of wrought metal would go "boing" with a little bounce and
settle down relatively unharmed. That's why the best swords, etc. were
wrought, not just cast.
<< I would greatly appreciate any knowledgeable suggestions as to how to go
about straightening the dang thing. >>
If this was my project I would take the assembly to my local music shop. They
have technicians that work on band instruments (you should see the pitiful
trombones returned from middle school rentals!). The techniques for one should
work well for the other. Good luck.
Electrified? Wiring goes through tubular "brass"? If they are tubular
arms, then they are not likely cast, and you can perhaps safely bend
them back. First, make sure (I know - you already did :o) That each arm
is seated the same depth in the main part of the fixture, and the
sockets are seated properly. Possibility: someone dismantled them at
some time to polish or repair them, and didn't get the right parts back
on the right fixture. Usually not that complicated to take apart -
someone put them together, so's someone can take them apart as well.
Darn good point, if it's wired internally it's probably not cast.
Only one of the chandeliers is not wired internally, I successfully
bent one that was back into shape.
Gary the Chandelier Wrangler
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