Bead Curtain
Let your walls and windows wear those beads!

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)[1] 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:)

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2 opaque beadcurtain strands, with bonus xmas earrings:)

 
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J's rainbow beadcurtain strand 29nov2017

 
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2012 beadcurtain strand, first in the series 24nov2017

 
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2015 orange beadcurtain strand featuring yellow scrolling. 23nov2017

 
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Rainbow beadcurtain featuring rainbow fused focal 30nov2017

 
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2013 orange beadcurtain strand 24nov2017

 
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2016 fuchsia beadcurtain strand with gold-fuming 23nov2017

 
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2016 orange beadcurtain strand 21nov2017

 
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Pink & green bead curtain strand

 
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2017 entry into the orange beadcurtain project 20nov2017

 
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green and pink bead curtain strand featuring Peggy Prielozny's beads. 20sep2017

 
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new bead curtain strand in amber 19sep2017

 
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golden green beadcurtain strand with fuming & dichro 26jun2017

 
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bead curtain strand in romantic colours. 15mar2016

 
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failure and fave: 5th in a series of 18" mini-beadcurtain strands 29jan2016

 
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mini-beadcurtain strand has a somewhat insectile appearance. 28jan2016

 
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Third in a series of mini beadcurtain strands. 27jan2016

 
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Another brown mini-beadcurtain strand. 26jan2016

 
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First in a series of 5 `mini' 18inch bead curtain strands 25jan2016

 
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Annual Tidy Studio pic... 30mar2015

 
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Green and amber beadcurtain strand unites several legacy styles. 11jan2015

 
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2nd in a (sub) series of orange beadcurtain strands strung in 2015. (For Frances.) 07jan2015

 
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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

 
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Custom bead strand based on black, white & CiM sherwood green. Created 18nov2013. 27mar2015

 
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Tidy studio, circa 2008. 08mar2013

 
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An old page from 19may2012 features an equally old beadcurtain strand photographed 29may2012. 14nov2017

 
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Vicky Haider found my bead curtain instructions and successfully used them to decorate some antique brackets. Lovely. Originally posted 28mar07. 28mar2007

 
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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

 
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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

 
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pink bead curtain strand, originally posted 25jul06. 25jul2006

 
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purple strand, originally posted 04aug06. 04aug2006

 
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blue strand, originally posted 03aug06. 03aug2006

 
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green bead curtain strand, originally posted 28jul06. 28jul2006

 
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fuschia bead curtain strand, originally posted 26jul06. 26jul2006

 
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red bead curtain strand, originally posted 27jul06. 27jul2006

 
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The first post 05may2006

 
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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...

 
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Mini-curtain 11apr06 11apr2006

 
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the original beaducrtain page:) 22may2004

 

file created 05may06; updated 18oct06

[1]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.