By Violette Beaux. chandeliers. Published at Monday, February 26th, 2018 - 03:08:52 AM.
This month the 2,500 pound chandelier that consists of 33,000 crystals was lowered from the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee for its annual cleaning. The chandelier is the centerpiece of the theatre and visitors are often more captivated by it than by whatever performance is going on at the theater. According to Sandra Wickler, one of the volunteers cleaning the chandelier who also serves as an usher, "It's amazing. When I usher here, the people who come in who have been here just go 'wow,' and they're snapping [cameras] away, and I'm like 'yes!'" Several volunteers are helping to clean the chandelier by polishing each of the 33,000 crystals by hand. Those volunteering for the two-day cleaning project each year say that they enjoy making the chandelier shine as it was intended to.
Victorian Chandeliers - You do not have to live in a Victorian mansion to add crystal or glass-drop chandeliers. In fact, if you have a formal dining area or baby grand piano, you can use a crystal chandelier for that area. If you have gracefully legged chairs and tables in your living area, crystal chandeliers can also fit. If you decorate in chintz and floral patterns, glass-drop chandeliers can offer the same feel as crystal without being quite as formal.
The main factor that determines the price of a chandelier are the various materials that are used in its crafting. Good examples are wrought iron chandeliers. Because iron is a common metal, these chandeliers are definitely more affordable. Other pluses for iron chandeliers include their easy maintenance and the number of styles to choose from. In contrast, glass and brass chandeliers are more meticulous to craft and require frequent cleaning and maintenance, thus causing the prices to shoot up. Special types of glass can also double or triple the price tag of chandeliers. These include Tiffany glass and Murano glass. The use of Swarovski crystals over imitation gems can also drive up the chandelier's price.
Not every chandelier requires the care or two-day polishing of the Pabst Theater chandelier. In fact, some modern chandeliers acquire their elegance from their simplicity. Some chandeliers rely on crystals or faux crystals to help accentuate their shine, but others use metal detailing with just a few bulbs providing light. There are even wooden chandeliers that mimic the first chandeliers that consisted of wooden cross beams fitted with candles.
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