I've been working through this project for a few weeks. I purchased the ugly, old brass thing in Tucson in March. I spray painted it and started working on the crystal design aspect. I went through several iterations, and finally had the idea to eliminate the strands and just hang cut crystal from the rings. I like the old stuff better than the new things available on the market. I have to say hanging it by myself was the most difficult part. Randy's voice was sitting on my shoulder reminding me, for instance, to shut off the electricity at the fuse box before I wired it. He also suggested from that same place on my shoulder to test the light before I screwed it all together. And he thinks I don't listen!