How to Fix a Broken Candlestick
Candlesticks are one of the most popular styles of table and floor lamps. They can be found in homes, offices, and other areas with a need for light. Unfortunately, while they’re usually sturdy enough to last many years without being damaged, their glass can break from time to time. Fortunately, with the information mentioned on how to fix a broken candlestick blog, you’ll be able to fix your broken candlestick lamp!
Steps To Follow: How to Fix a Broken Candlestick
Remove any broken pieces of glass that could still be stuck inside the base or shade by using a vacuum cleaner or brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner if possible. This will help ensure that no shards get into those hard-to-reach places when you clean up the rest of the mess later on.
Clean up the mess of broken glass. Put on protective eyewear because pieces of glass may be small, and you won’t want to have those go into your eyes. Sweep up any bigger chunks that are still easily accessible before vacuuming or blowing out the smaller pieces of glass.
If there is some residual glue from the broken glass that you can’t seem to get off, use a razor blade scraper to scrape it off. Make sure you’re very careful, so you don’t cut yourself or scratch any surfaces with your razor blade scraper.
Take the time to examine where the candlestick was broken and determine the cause of the breakage. You can use slow, steady movements to try and move it around on its base. Look for any sharp edges or rough spots that may have caused the candlestick to crack or even shatter while you were cleaning up all the broken glass. Running your fingers over its surface will give you a good idea of whether or not there are any rough spots.
When you know the cause of your candlestick being broken, take time to clean off any residual glue that may have gotten on the candlestick’s base or shade. If it seems like there is a lot of glue left over after cleaning up all the broken glass, use the razor blade scraper again to scrape off any remaining glue.
Use a marker or piece of tape to mark where each broken piece should be glued back onto the candlestick base and shade. You may want to try and find a way to hold them in place temporarily while you get ready to glue them back together. If you use tape, make sure there is no residue left on the part of the candlestick that will be glued to the base or shade so it’ll still be able to bond strongly once you’re done cleaning up all broken glass pieces and scraping any remnants of glue off.
Use a clean cloth or paper towel to get any dust out of the cracks made when your candlestick broke. Be careful not to rub too hard, though, because you don’t want to accidentally make things worse by pushing shards of glass deeper into the base or shade of your candlestick and making it harder to fix. If you still can’t get the dust out of the cracks, use a small vacuum cleaner hose attachment to get into those hard-to-reach places and remove any stray debris.
Once you’ve gotten all the broken glass cleaned up and all parts of your candlestick have been thoroughly examined for rough spots or other issues that caused your candlestick to break, it’s time for the next step. If your candlestick has metal pieces on its base and/or shade, use a rag with denatured alcohol or vinegar so you can clean off any oils or other material left over from manufacturing.
If your candlestick is made of a metal that doesn’t rust easily, you can use all-purpose glue instead. Just make sure it does not require heat to cure! If your candlestick base or shade has given off any paint while trying to clean up broken glass pieces (if the candlestick was already broken when you bought it and you’ve been trying to clean it up), try using paint thinner on the metal pieces or rag to get rid of any residual paint.
Once all parts of your candlestick have been thoroughly cleaned, start re-assembling them! If you lined everything back up while cleaning off broken glass pieces, this would be easy. Just make sure you’re careful not to knock it around while you’re re-gluing it together because you don’t want the pieces to come apart again or crack even more while they are being reassembled!
Precautions To Take
- Ensure the candle handle is metal and that the base where it is screwed on is metal.
- Take care with sharp edges when handling this candlestick, wash your hands after using it, and don’t touch any sensitive areas with ripped-up hands that may have splinters.
- Be careful not to break the candle crystals in the process of fixing a broken candlestick.
- Ensure you are working in bright light, with room light behind you, and don’t work under any overhead lights. If working by yourself, make sure someone is around to help if needed. If working in a room with low lighting, work under maintenance lights.
- Never use glue near eye level, and make sure you have good ventilation when using glue or drilling near any candles.
- Be careful not to get liquid candle wax on your skin, as it can irritate.
Broken candlesticks can be fixed with a little patience and attention to detail. However, the bottom of the candlestick is glued on, so it’s important not to pry off that part when fixing your broken candleholder.
In this blog post, we have discussed all the steps on how to fix a broken candlestick. Most of the time, in repairing these items, you should be able to do it yourself with some basic tools and supplies from your local hardware stores like a candle wax remover, metal polish cloth, or even sandpaper for polishing scratches out of the surface if needed. Let us know how it goes!
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