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It’s taking longer than expected to finish the next project on my list. Much longer, sigh. So I thought in the meantime I would share an idea I had. One I meant to share ages ago.
Fixing up fans.
These are a pair of pretty handheld fans. The one on the right came from a craft store, and the other came from an Asian grocery store. Fans like these are easy to find and usually sell for $1-2 each. So pretty and useful, especially when Spring and Summer come again.
Just one problem with them. The little “handle” thing has a tendency to pop off after several uses. And since that’s the only thing keeping the fan parts together on the pin thing, this is a big problem.
My first attempt to fix this was to simply thread ribbon through the fan. This looks nice and adds a useful strap, but it’s only a temporary fix. It’s difficult to tie the ribbon snug enough to actually work well.
Enter the jewelry pins.
I bought these at Joann. They’re intended for making earrings and such, but I thought they would be great for this task. I’m sure regular jewelry wire would work too.
Just need to yank off that old pin thingy…
…Thread the jewelry pin through…
…and twist it at the end to secure.
I had to do it at both ends because the eye of the pin wasn’t big enough as is. I should have measured first. Oh well.
I’m sure with more practice (or more skill at jewelry making) I can make these look better.
But for now I am happy with the results. My fans work perfectly now. Now just need to wait for the weather to warm up enough to need them.