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These fittings don't have any obvious affordance for removing or opening them.

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Any ideas?

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Important question that affects answer: do you want to be able to put this fixture back together afterwards? –  gregmac Nov 5 '13 at 4:26
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Grab it and twist the hell out of it to the left OR a big hammer.

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Try twisting the ring around glass part, or twisting the entire thing.

I suspect it's just the glass bit.

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