How to Use Clear Plastic Split Rings for Shades and Valances
Clear plastic split rings are used to connect the rings on the back of Balloon Shades, Austrian Valances or London Shades.
When fabricating shades and window treatments small plastic rings are sewn vertically to the length of the shade and approximately 8-10 inches apart. The rings are horizontally placed approximate 12-24 inches apart depending on the style of shade or valance and the size of the window being fabricated.
Using the clear plastic split rings, connect the vertical rings together creating a balloon affect with the fabric. When spacing the sewn rings 12 to 15 inches from the outer edge you will create a London Shade.
The clear plastic split rings can be used at the bottom of a shade to connect the fabric folds together but can not be used to raise and lower the shade. The plastic split rings are use to connect the layers when fabricating a London Shade also.
Below are photos of ring placement on pleated and shirred shades with a balloon style bottom.
Here are a few tips to using the clear plastic split rings for balloon and London shades.
Lay your balloon, face down, on a table or the floor, and notice the horizontal rows of rings sewn in the back of the curtain. Slip one of the split rings onto each of the attached rings along the bottom row of rings.
Using the split rings now attached to the bottom row of rings, slip each split ring onto the next ring above. Repeat this process, moving up one ring at a time, until your curtain reaches the desired length.
Gather the balloon treatment onto your curtain rod, mount the rod on the brackets, and then arrange the balloon treatment evenly, side to side.
Dress out each section of your balloon treatment from behind to achieve desired look.
This balloon window treatment can also be mounted onto a board to attach against the wall with L Brackets.
It is always good to have a few extra plastic split rings on hand, even if they are UV protected the sun will make them brittle after a few years and it is much easier to replace them if you have them in storage. You can find the White and Clear Plastic Split Rings under Shade Supplies at our Online Store.