Sunday, July 4, 2010

Diamonds in the Rough

People who know me also know that before they dispose of a window,door, or cabinet, commit a light fixture to the dumpster, or pitch a piece of furniture; they need to check with me first. 

It is not unusual to arrive home to find a piece of something on my deck that wasn't there when I left.  I have been surprised with a pair of french doors, shutters, 3 matching chairs, an old radio cabinet, and a round oak pedestal table.  And all that has been recently.

Here is a little surprise that arrived via my brother.  This chandelier had been removed from a house before the tearout process began.  It was then stored in a garbage can and placed in a garage.  Over time it was buried under other salvaged items and resurfaced recently during a purging of said garage.  This is where I enter the picture.

At this point I was unsure of a successful outcome but there was only one way to find out.

Crystals can survive grease and grime. 

As long as they are not broken or missing completely, there is hope here.

The structure of the fixture...well, that will be judged once all the crystals are removed.

Many of the strands of crystals had pulled apart.  After cleaning, they had to be  arranged by size and reattached so that the same number of crystals were in each strand.  They also had to progress from small to large with 16 crystals in each strand.
Getting it to this stage took way longer than I had anticipated.

But it really was worth the effort.

Truely a jewel worth saving.

Am entering this project as this week's "roadkill" entry at CSI.


  1. Amazing. You have incredible focus and patience.

  2. Yowza! Seriously amazing transformation!!!

  3. Don't you just love sparklies!!! Very pretty!

    bee blessed

  4. Oh, this is GOOD! It's Beautiful, I am so jealous!

  5. Wow, what a find. You don't see many of these intact anymore. All of your efforts really paid off. It looks all sprakly and new hanging above your table.
    My best- Diane

  6. Stunning. I'm sure this project took a lot of hard work and patience. It looks beautiful.

  7. wow - that took a lot of patience!! it looks great - great rescue!