Bead Curtain
from the top down...

Someone emailed me about the bead curtain, specifically requesting information about its support structure—in plain english, what's holding it up. As the reader surmised, I use a standard curtain rod as the horizontal crossbar on which to drape the various least I think that's what this roughly 1-1/4” (32mm) diameter pole is—I suppose it could just as easily be a closet pole. At any rate, it was lying around, and I amused myself by painting white/off-white and glazing it with gold. The nice thing about using an official curtain rod is that then it will automatically fit with all those cute, pre-made options for attaching it to the wall, and decorating the ends. (Mine has some curlique type finials, which I've neglected to re-attach since we moved.)

As you can see in the picture I got a pair of acanthus leaf brackets, done up in a sort of faux-antique-Roman style, but nicely pre-painted with cream crackle and gold paint from the local big-box store—a very quick and easy solution. Hanging the strands is dead-simple: I merely slide them on the pole, insert each end of said pole into the appropriate bracket, and if desired, screw the finials on.

Pole and brackets for bead curtain. ’Spose I ought to erase the line the wizard used for leveling the pole...

I use the platform provided by the brackets for display—in this case a terra cotta (wingless) rejiquar I made at a parent-child workshop—Fantastic animals or something like that—that f2tE and I took at the DIA. It was a lot of fun, though the thing should probably be refired at a higher temperature. That yellow stuff is handi-tac, the photographer's friend. The cat is a gift from a relative: I love tucking these little sculptures about the studio. The 3 strand braid goes to a ring with the samples of seed beads I used to take shopping at the gem show.


Setting up the strands to hang is more complicated than it really needs to be, mostly because I liked the idea of it adjusting to fit the pole tightly. (This does at least have the advantage of helping to keep the strands from sliding around on the pole.)

So, rather than just making a single loop (which I was afraid of making to small, if we're going to be brutally frank about my inability to eyeball things) size) I use a double loop system that adjusts to fit. You don't need to do this, particularly if you know exactly how big your pole is and never anticipate moving your curtain to a different pole—however, I knew I would be moving when I started this project, and have been adding to it (and conceivably will continue to add to it) for years—thus I've designed mine for maximum flexibility.