Beads are heavy, especially glass and semi-precious stone beads. Houses, unlike people do not have deal with locomotion, and moreover, don't complain about how much something weighs, or whether it itches their neck. —Mind you, it's not just the customers who complain about this— I don't like wearing heavy or itchy jewelry either.
Enter the Bead Curtain. —I started making this several years ago, cuz I just love the Exoticness (never mind reality) bead curtains evoke, and I had all these too-crappy-for-jewelry beads to use up. Over the years this has probably been the most popular part of the site, or at least the one about which I get the most email. So I've finally collected the various bead curtain posts together (hurried up a bit by putting a howto link on some blog or other:)
2014 beadcurtain strand featuring autumn oranges, yellows and acid yellows is delivered on the 12th day of xmas, amongst temps in the teens and snow. 06jan2015
An old page from 19may2012 features an equally old beadcurtain strand photographed 29may2012. 14nov2017
Vicky Haider found my bead curtain instructions and successfully used them to decorate some antique brackets. Lovely. Originally posted 28mar07. 28mar2007
Bead curtain 2.0: after we moved, I added another 20 strands or so, washed off the accumulated dust and reshot. The pix aren't that great, which is why it took me so long to put 'em up, but they're the best I've managed to date. Originally posted 27mar07 27mar2007
subindex for 5 examples of 2006 bead curtain strands . Individually, they're not very impressive, which perhaps will encourage people who think they can't make one of these thing that they can. And the next set of links, below, tells you how. Originally posted 26jul–04aug06. 18oct2006
Some tips on making your own. I actually start at the bottom, so the following three links are in order: finishing the bottom , step by step design decisions for a single bead curtain strand, and making the top loop. Posted 01, 04, and 01apr06, respectively. Oh, and here's an earlier, and I'm...
file created 05may06; updated 18oct06
Originally, this phrase was ‘Oriental Exoticness’; then I added the parenthetical disclaimer; now I've changed the phrase, though this footnote is for people who are wondering about what this page used to say. Also, as I now understand it, bead curtains actually serve a purpose: to help keep insects out of rooms in warm climates; that is, they serve as a coarse screen back in the days when weaving—and wire—were prohibitively expensive. You now see the same thing in butterfly houses and the like, which allow people to pass easily, but keep the critturs safely in their warm greenhouse.
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