Different Types of Pinning for the Crystals on a Chandelier

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All the little pieces of crystals connect to each other using wire, but there are different methods of making these connections.  We call this chandelier pinning and there are 3 prominent styles: Swedish, Traditional (aka Wrinkle) and Clips.

A crystal that has Swedish pinning will have one long piece of wire strung into the holes of the two pieces of crystals that are to be connected. This one piece of wire is then wound around itself.

Example of Swedish Pinning

Usually a fixture that has this type of Swedish pinning will utilize the same pinning method to connect the crystals to the body of the chandelier - making cleaning a fixture like this more time consuming. 

Traditional or Wrinkle pinning is similar to Swedish, but uses 2 pins - one pin per crystal hole. These pins look like straight pins when purchased.

Traditional pinning

As you can see above, the pins are looped into a circle with curling pliers and turned perpendicular to each other.  Then, they are wound together - similar to 2 split rings. Usually, they are then simply hooked, with the same type of pin bent into a hook, to a chandelier.  

The more modern way to pin crystal is to use Clips.  Like a staple, one end of a clip goes into the hole of one piece of crystal and the other end of the clip goes into the next crystal.  

Plain Clip Pinning

The above photo shows plain clips, but some clips look like bowties and are called Bowtie clips. 

Visit our YouTube channel for tutorials on pinning. 

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