Beading And Jewelry Making

How to Make a Beaded Fan Pull

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A beaded fan pull can be a simple yet decorative touch to any room. Fortunately, making one is as simple as 1-2-3. The following article will teach you how to make a bead fan pull even if you aren't an experienced beader.

First, you will need the following supplies:

• Round nose pliers

• Beads, your choice

• Head pins

• Eye pins

• Aluminum/steel chain, cut to size


1. Before you can actually begin to assemble the beaded fan pull, you will need to remove your fan's current fan pull so that you can use it as a reference. Measure your current fan pull, and then measure how long you want your beaded fan pull to be. You will simply add the beaded fan pull to your current fan pull. For reference, we will work with a 6" beaded fan pull.

2. Cut a length of chain that is a little bit more than 6" long. Leave aside for the moment. (If you want, you can use 20 gauge wire instead and just cut it to size. Then, make loops on either end. The bottom loop should have a bead attached, so it is not open. This substitution is great if you do not want your fan pull to sway all over the place.)

3. With your head pins and eye pins, start to assemble and fix your beads: thread one head pin through one or more beads, then create a loop at the open end (not where the flat head is). To create a loop, simply take your round nose pliers and bend the wire at a 90-degree angle about 4 mm away from the top of the last bead. Then, at 2 mm down from the angle you have created, bend the wire backwards (away from the directions of the angle). Now, take your pliers and create a loop by placing the pliers in the angle and pulling the wire forward into a circle.

4. Repeat this for all of the other beads. If you want, you can make two loops, one on either end, so that you can make a bead chain (to do this, you will need to use the eye pins).

5. Attach all of the beads to the chain. The beaded fan pull will look better if it has a lot of beads, in all different colors and sizes, attached. When you are finished embellishing the beaded fan pull, attach it to your original fan pull.

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