Once assembled, this is a lovely chandelier, but, oh, my....it's time consuming and delicate work to thread and attach all those crystals properly, The pins are a soft metal, so they bend easily. The trick is to make sure the crystal is seated all the way down into the metal holder before threading it through. (You may have to "gently" spread the two side wings just a bit to accomplish that). A needle nose pliers helped me twist and lock the pins, but be careful not to pinch the pins to tightly or they'll snap off. The directions are all but worthless...the illustrations are too small and not definitive enough to take you step by step. (The wires go "through" the threaded pipe.)
This lovely chandelier is for my granddaughter. I have threaded some color beads which I will arrange on the chandelier. It is the right size for a bedroom.
I'm more than pleased with this chandelier- it looks better in person! It is packaged with most crystals already on, wrapped in spongy packing material, and a bag of additional choices of crystals to make it personal. The outermost string (the widest part of the ball) is where the last string of crystals need attached, and you have options of how you want to do that too (more draping, tighter, extra hanging strings, etc.). Also, the pendant on the bottom needs added and can be a large prism or choices of several smaller ones. Installation can be tricky as it comes with several feet of cord to allow for varying hanging lengths- I'd say up to 5 feet from ceiling, so there's plenty of extra cord. This can be good or pose difficulties. Our application put it with only one link from the ceiling, which meant threading all that extra through the center of the bolts that attach it up, and then coiling it up and into the electrical box to get it out of the way. I know I could have cut the cord, but am thinking of future uses (sorry next homeowner- not leaving this one!) Installation instructions are poor, so understand that the wiring and ground wire needs thread through ALL hardware, up into the electrical box, THEN attached, in order to install properly- it's a lot of "threading," and must be done in the proper order as there are several separate hardware pieces to be screwed into the next. Lay it out, in order from the chandelier to the box, and take your time... you'll succeed and be happy with this beautiful chandelier. We put ours on a dimmer- adds to the enjoyment.
Love the look of Restoration Hardware but D'Angelo's is better priced and looks very elegant. I had an electrician come in and add add'l support in the ceiling due to the hefty weight. However, after all crystals were hung, one side of the ceiling crossbar came loose from the drywall. The electrician had to come back and put in additional anchors (not included) which seems to have fixed the problem. I assumed that the crystals would be hung using a hook like a Christmas ornament but no. Included are straight "bow tie pins" that are flat metal that you have to thread each crystal, bend then thread through canopy, bend. 2-1/2 hours of very tedious hanging and making sure each were bent in the same place so they hang the same length and straight. The end result is amazing. I would of given 5 stars because it is amazing but hanging pins were a pain and the instructions are pretty much non-existent. Five diagrams and no written instructions. Also the light bulbs are not included. They did include ONE white cotton glove to handle the crystals (a must) but you need two to do the job. My husband ran down to CVS and bought white cotton hand therapy gloves in the pharmacy area.
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