How to make your own ceiling fan pull chain

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How to make your own ceiling fan pull chain
Create a ceiling fan pull chain (fan pull cord image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

Ceiling fans come in a wide variety of styles and colours and are more affordable than ever. Decorative hardware accents that look like brushed metal are often plastic cleverly tinted to give the appearance of metal. Cost cutting saves money, and no one is the wiser because ceiling fans are usually mounted high enough to escape close scrutiny. However, ceiling fan pull chains hang within close view and get noticed. Most new ceiling fans have a standard beaded chain pull, but for something out of the ordinary, try making your own ceiling fan pull chain.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Beaded chain to match fan hardware (gold, silver, bronze )
  • Jewellery making fish line (9kg-23kg. weight capacity)
  • Small scissors
  • Arts and craft jewellery making items, small bags each of:
  • Necklace loops, jewellery "end caps", end caps loops, large beads, medium beads, small beads (or crystals/polished stone)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase chain decorating and creating items at a craft store. Shop in the jewellery making department for needed items and select jewellery making stones, crystals, ceramic or wood beads that complement the fan and room decor. A decorative chain pull about two inches long made with crystals, stones, and decorative jewellery hardware will be the result.

    How to make your own ceiling fan pull chain
    Match the chain pull to fan hardware or room decor (Ceiling Fan image by Towards Ithaca from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Buy beaded chain long enough to hang from the ceiling fan to where it will be pulled. Lengths will vary, depending on how high the ceiling fan is mounted. If you add new beaded chain to the existing chain, be aware that the chain colour may be visibly different where the new chain starts.

    How to make your own ceiling fan pull chain
    Start with beaded chain (pearls beads image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    The end of the beaded chain has a tubular receptacle that locks a chain bead into place. At the end of the tubular bead lock is a small hole. Run a small jewellery loop clasp, similar to the kind used on key chains, only smaller and made for creating necklaces, through the end of the bead lock

    How to make your own ceiling fan pull chain
    Use a small jewellery loop similar to a key chain loop (porte-clefs image by Unclesam from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Measure a three-inch length of jewellery craft fish line. Tie a double knot at one end, leaving as little line as possible sticking out. Snip off excess line. Thread a small-sized jewellery end cap through the fish line, followed by a small bead of matching size. Top the bead with another end cap of matching size.

    How to make your own ceiling fan pull chain
    Try polished stones (stack of stones image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Place a medium-sized bead above the small end cap, followed by a medium size bead end cap. String a medium size bead, then another medium end cap. Follow with a small crystal, then a large size bead end cap. Put a large bead on string (this is your main focal point bead) and top with large bead end cap. Finish using the same pattern from below the large bead.

    How to make your own ceiling fan pull chain
    Choose decorative beads (wood beads, coloured beads image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    To finish using the same pattern from below the large bead, place a small crystal, then a medium end cap followed by a medium size bead capped off with another medium end cap. Add a small end cap, followed by a small bead and then a small end cap with a loop built onto it. The end cap with a loop twists onto the key chain style loop hanging from the tubular bead chain lock. Pull the line up through the loop until excess line can be knotted. Snip excess line off.

    How to make your own ceiling fan pull chain
    Craft gems are handy (Bowl of beads and buttons - craft supplies. image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Sketch out the look you are going for before you start stringing beads because it will help you arrange the beads and end caps that will be needed. Of course, feel free to be creative and make changes as you desire.

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