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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Operation Candelabra - Need Backup on this One!


I decided to remove the wiring on the old brass and crystal candelabra I picked up at the flea market last week.  Taking off the cracked old fake candles and cutting off the cord went great. 


From there I found that I had to unscrew the candle cups, remove the lamp bolts that held the fake candles on, and replace them with shorter bolts (I found these in a variety pack in the lamp section at Lowe's, where they are called steel nipples... let's just call them bolts, shall we?)  The shorter bolts hold the cup on but allow me to insert a candle in the top of the cup.  Tapers are a little big around for the cups but I shaved the ends down and that seemed to work.  I feel pretty smart for figuring all that out.  One problem remains.



Do you see it?  Try not to be distracted by the pretty crystals.



I know you can see it now, I can and my vision is awful.


Just can't get that one unscrewed.  I'm taking this problem to my dad when I go visit my parents on Sunday.  I predict he will probably have this apart in 30 seconds.  I just can't seem to do it even with WD40.  So that is my story for today.  I've been playing more with my tripod since my middle daughter is home now and showed me how to extend the legs all the way.  She took a photography class in school so she knows some stuff that she should probably teach me.

My oldest daughter was here for a week visiting and she brought home some fresh herb plants to make a meal with, so I potted those up in my back window.  I'm not usually good with herbs, or anything in small pots really as they seem to dry out faster than I can remember to water them.



But they are pretty for now.  Hope you are having a good week!

Linking up to My Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday and to 2805 Potpourri Friday.

16 comments:

Mel said...

How pretty! It sure does have a lot of bling.

I'm sure you have tried it 'cause you are so clever, but just in case you haven't, did you try needle nose pliers to grab hold of an edge and twist it out that way?

Hope you are feeling well.

Little Penpen said...

Steel nipples??? LOL Your refurbished chandelier is so pretty. I would have never thought of taking away the electricity and making it to use candles! But I will now... thanks for the idea!

now, here, this said...

I'll help you mama! Ask away! :)

Fishtail Cottage said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!

Cindy Adkins said...

How gorgeous! I love your blog and your home--so beautiful!! I'm your newest follower. xo Cindy

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That is really beautiful!

Rie said...

Ok.. I didn't see it & I looked really hard! Once it's out & the candle in - it'll look like you paid a pretty penny for it!

Honey at 2805 said...

It's all gorgeous! The candlebra is wonderful! Have a great weekend!

Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday! I really appreciate you and your participation!

Lisa @ akawest said...

Pretty! The last photo is exceptionally wonderful. My herbs don't do well, either. I can never decide if I am over or under watering.

Please send over your daughter. I have a tripod. I haven't taken it out of the packaging.

Claire said...

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Thanks

Kathy said...

This is a great re-do - BRAVO!

Tina said...

How pretty. I hope your dad was able to get that piece out for you. I know how frustrating that can be....

Chris said...

Hi Tracy, the candlebra looks gorgeous and I am sure your dad will come to the rescue. I found and am now following you through Show And Tell Friday, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Steph said...

Looks good! Hope Grandpa fixed it for you.

Patti said...

Gotta love that sparkle. I had an electrician who would spray WD40 and let it sit then work on loosening whatever. Maybe it has to soak in.
Probably your Dad will get it out because you did the background work ;)

Belle Maison Et Moi said...

What a great idea! I have a candelabra/girandole that also has the fake candles and although I love this piece, it would be so much better with real candles!! I'm going to try it. LOVE YOUR BLOG, just found it today!
xo, Alicia

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