First-time poster here and hope someone can help. I am trying to hang a Tiffany fixture in my breakfast nook ceiling. It comes with a nice decorative link chain that the electrical cord snakes through and supports the fixture from the ceiling. Of course they provide a greater length of chain than is required. My question is what is the secret to spreading the links and closing them again without destroying the finish on them. I managed to get one opened and closed back up by using two pliers with a piece of chamois in the jaws of each. And that required all my strength to do. But that still damaged the finish. Then in closing the space, I can't get the ends to meet properly. It seems once the link is bent it's near impossible for it to resume its old shape. Can anyone share the secrets to this? I'm sure I'm missing some very simple technique. Thanks!
The secret is to twist the link ends perpendicular to their axis rather than spreading them parallel. The twisting action minimizes scratching and is easier to realign. This requires two pair of large pliers or one plier and a vise. You still need to wrap the link in cloth or leather for protection of the finish.
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