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Updating our web site

Greetings, all. Thanks to all who participated in the BatCycle Beadalong, it was a lot of fun and many bold people made many fantastic pieces. I’ll be sure and put … Continue reading

June 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

CGB Fundamentals: The History of the PodCast Bead

To cover the full history of this exploration we have to go back a long way, to the very first Rick-Racks grown from straight lines. It was around 2010 when … Continue reading

May 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Some BatCycle Butterflies

Has anyone made a BatCycle with Butterfly or Moth elements with antennae? I would love to see that. Also, has anyone made an all-black BatCycle? Please email or Facebook message … Continue reading

May 8, 2021 · 5 Comments

BatCycle Q and A live today

I will be live again TODAY from 10 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time (US) answering BatCycle questions, and I am just using Facebook Live this time, as it will … Continue reading

May 8, 2021 · 5 Comments

The Butterfly Join

Both the Kaleidocycle and the BatCycle can be assembled from a flat butterfly shape, as well as from individual pieces and parts. If you know you want to install both … Continue reading

May 6, 2021 · 3 Comments

Another example of joins for the BatCycle

As I bead in the BeadAlong with all of you, I am experimenting myself, as this is the first time I have used the itty-bitty Delica 15/o beads for joining. … Continue reading

May 5, 2021 · 6 Comments

Joining Elements in Cycles

We’ve made a lot of different Cycles in the last five years, and everyone I know has their own preferences for joining. Some people use round beads, some cylinders, some … Continue reading

May 4, 2021 · 30 Comments

BatCycle Rotations, a short video

A peek at the rotations of the BatCycle after the installation of the first set of Triangles. Some of these views will disappear after the second set is added. BatCycle … Continue reading

May 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

BatCycle BeadAlong Pattern Download

Good morning! Please choose below whether you would like your 21-page PDF in low or high resolution. I will be sharing my screen in the Zoom meeting today, so if … Continue reading

May 1, 2021 · 6 Comments

Zoom and FB Live links for BatCycle BeadAlong tomorrow

The BeadALong pattern will be posted here on the morning of May 1 (tomorrow) as a downloadable PDF. The live session begins at 10am Eastern Time (USA). JOIN WITH FACEBOOK … Continue reading

April 30, 2021 · 1 Comment
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