Hanging my Crystal Chandelier
Who do I call on when I want a crystal chandelier cleaned? I trust this job to my friend Anthony Cassano at Greenwich Metal Finishing in Stamford, CT. I use his business frequently because he and his crew do a fabulous job polishing, refinishing, and repairing metal objects of all kinds. But another service his company provides, and does so well, is washing and refurbishing chandeliers, a delicate and complex process, as you can well imagine. With regular dusting, a chandelier doesnâ€™t need to be cleaned very often. In fact, the last time this one was professionally washed was more than 35 years ago, when I first moved into my home on Turkey Hill. But, when I moved from Turkey Hill to my farm in Bedford, I decided it was the perfect time to brighten up my lighting fixtures.
Greenwich Metal Finishing begins the job by cushioning and protecting all the crystals with layers of bubble wrap. The chandelier is then removed from the ceiling, suspended in a protective crate, and transported to their workshop. There, each crystal is catalogued, removed, washed, and polished. Missing or broken crystals are replaced with exact matches from their extensive inventory. Once the metal frame is cleaned, refinished, and rewired, the crystals are meticulously rehung in their original places with special gold wire. Then, the crystals are cushioned and protected once more in bubble wrap and the sparkling chandelier is recrated for delivery and installation. As you can see from the photos below, moving a chandelier is rather nerve wracking and Iâ€™m glad to have these fellows to entrust.
This is Anthony Cassano sliding my crated chandelier out of the back of my cute, old Martha By Mail delivery truck. The chandelier is actually suspended inside hanging from that iron pipe heâ€™s holding onto.