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ENHANCING THE COMMON CEILING FAN
If your home is filled with ceiling fans as is ours, and you are a crafty person, you might enjoy making a few FANDANGLES. They are a simple, quick, fun way to embellish the pull chain portion of your fans. Here are photos of 2 that I added to our utility room fan (note the energy efficient bulbs!):

Posted by SuzNTX from Abilene, Texas, United States • Published See SuzNTX's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 1
    Step 1

    SUPPLIES NEEDED:
    An item to use as a focal piece--possibilities: old earrings, ornaments, charms

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 2
    Step 2

    Various beads and/or crystals

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 3
    Step 3

    Needle-nosed pliers and wire cutters

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 4
    Step 4

    Beading wire, crimp beads, and ball chain

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 5
    Step 5

    This great little device: ball chain coupling and ball chain connectors.

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 6
    Step 6

    I was able to find the chain, couplings, and connectors at my local Ace Hardware store.

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 7
    Step 7

    Choose your focal piece for your Fandangle.
    For this demonstration, I decided I wanted to use the lovely emerald green charm from the bracelet pictured previously. Using the pliers, I separated the charm from the bracelet's chain:

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 8
    Step 8

    Using the wire cutters, cut off 8-10" of beading wire (more if you are making an extra long Fandangle).

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 9
    Step 9

    Slide 2 crimp beads, then your chosen focal piece onto the beading wire.

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 10
    Step 10

    Thread the wire back through the crimp beads, sliding the crimp beads down close to the focal piece.

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 11
    Step 11

    Using the pliers, press (crimp) and secure the crimp beads in position:

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 12
    Step 12

    Arrange your chosen beads and crystals, adding them to the wire:

    Optional: After using these in various spots around the house, I did find that the coupling could actually cut through the beading wire if family members repeatedly gripped the beaded portion of the Fandangle, instead of the actual chain portion, for making fan adjustments. I found these little gadgets that seem to add extra strength and help to prolong the life of the Fandangle. If you choose to not incorporate them in your designs, be sure to emphasize to users/recipients to not pull on the beaded portion of the Fandangle.

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 13
    Step 13

    As in Step 3, add 2 crimp beads and the coupling (with optional stringing thimble in place) to the beading wire, then pull the wire back through the crimp beads and a few of the first beads.

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 14
    Step 14

    Remove any slack from the wire, press (crimp) and secure the crimp beads in place then trim off any excess wire.

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 15
    Step 15

    Decide how long you will need the ball chain, cut it to length, attach one end to the coupling, and add a connector to the opposite end.

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 16
    Step 16

    Your Fandangle is now complete--just add it to the pull chain of your ceiling fan!

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 17
    Step 17

    This is how the blue rhinestone brooch FANDANGLE came together:

  • How to make a mobile. Ceiling Fan Fandangles - Step 18
    Step 18

    Add a fun tag and it is ready for gift giving!

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artjunkie *.
artjunkie *.
how pretty! I need something for my light in my closet (i have a pull chain light, in case you were trying to figure out if i had a ceiling fan in my closet) Happy
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Kepi
Kepi · Los Angeles, California, US · 49 projects
Love it!
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