First, before I forget to mention it, I used amber LED bulbs that were also amber glass...perfect light for what I wanted (40-watt equivalent) and a beautiful match for the 'candle' bases. Now, I gave 4 stars because this is truly a beautiful chandelier...but assembling all those little glass droplets with the tiny bronzish pins and the other bits and pieces could cause some people to have to go for several sessions of psychotherapy. If you are already crazy, you'll do just fine with this. I see that assemblers seem to have their own favorite methods and tips, so I'll share mine. Attaching the Crystals: I took the bag of crystals to bed with me, dumped the little pins out in a quiche dish so they couldn't get away, turned YouTube to British Mysteries, and did each branch or arm one at a time, being careful to lay each down gently on a padded part of the bed. Even if you are persistent, this takes a really long time...or maybe it was just me. I worked my way through the entire series of Lord Peter Wimsey AND Inspector Alleyn before I finished every little droplet. Assembly Part 1: I attached the Light Arms to the center section by repeating a truly awkward balancing act...broke off one droplet and slightly bent a few others. Note that the metal arms are all very sturdy and resist bending very well. It may have worked better if I had gone straight to "Assembly Step 2". Assembly Step 2: This has gone up in our all-metal dark bronze Pagoda which, for some strange reason, has a chandelier hook in the center. I secured the help of an unnaturally tall person on a platform ladder to hook the farthest link in the chain (after I had securely screwed the correct end of the chain assembly to the top of the chandelier, good and tight) on the hook. The chandelier hung like halfway to the ground, but I could easily get to the smaller holes where the branches go. That was the end of 'easy', however. I am left-handed, rather ambidextrous, and I am having a hard time understanding how anyone who isn't has been able to assemble this thing. I had to hold the 'branch' in the hole with my left hand, lean it over on the left side light arm, then hold it underneath with my left hand so the threaded part sort of stuck out underneath at an angle. You may want to ask what my right hand was doing all this time. Well, I figured out that I could hold the small washer at the proper angle between my ring and middle fingers, then at the same time hold the teeny tiny lock washer between my thumb and forefinger. Then, with my leftie hanging onto the branch, I very carefully coaxed the washer onto the screw base of the branch, held the washer on with my left thumb, and very VERY carefully maneuvered the lock washer onto the base while not letting the other washer fall off. The final step consisted of grabbing the threaded base and pressing hard against the two washers with my trusty left thumb while I reached over into my quiche dish (Remember?) to grab the tiny nut, make sure I had the proper side of it up, and wiggle it around until it 'grabbed' the threaded part. Then I could grab my pliers with that hand while the Left remained faithfully holding the branch in position and tighten the holy whatnot out of that little brass nut. Six times of this routine plus trying to never ever drop one of the three attaching bits was more than enough. I can pretty much guarantee if you ever drop one of the little bits, it will fall into the Land of the Lost and never be seen again in our universe. Now, you may think I had way too much trouble with this, but let me assure you that I have a handful of degrees, I'm pretty smart for a girl, and I'm very mechanical minded. All I can say is, brace yourself. And, if you are going to do Happy Hour, do it AFTER assembly, not before. That way, you'll be done and have something to be really happy about...unless you bought two of these.
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