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Seed Bead Summit, Day 2

We had another day of exploration yesterday, and Nancy Jenner (and her beautiful work) entered the mix.

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Nancy Jenner web 3

This is a photo of Laura Shea (with a bit of Nancy) through one of her own beaded beads, from my end of the table.

Laura Shea through her own beaded bead

This is a triangular element with Horns inside and on top, by Kate Stern.

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The piece in process below is just a simple peyote triangle in which I’ve installed an Exploding Round, and (where the orange beads are near the bottom tip) an extra increase. You can get both an elongated point and a two-bead racing stripe by stacking extra beads on the corners like this. I’ll show it in more detail in Volume III.

The six sets of big round beads (which I call Detonation Points, and which were just square-stitched onto the back with the same running thread I began the red and pink section with) will have the threads cut between them, and the first round will suddenly be attached to the blue triangle only by the short pieces of thread remaining between them. At that point, it’s easy to separate the new start from the cloned piece.


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Another way to separate a cloned section was shown in Volume I, using a series of very short threads to begin the first row or round off of the starter piece. In Volume II, the Exploding Round allowed the use of a continuous thread. I could continue beading for as many or as few rounds as I liked before I separated the new start.

This type of start is particularly powerful as it has no join. This means that the work will be smoother, and have one less weak spot. And it’s difficult to get a large, open geometric start that offers this kind of stability.

See the Basics section from Volume II for the Exploding Round, pages 64 and 65, and check out our free YouTube video, if you’d like to see it in action.


Exploding Round by Kate McKinnon


About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon, globe-trotting writer and metalsmith, has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and loves warm weather, nice people, rides in the car, and good books.

8 comments on “Seed Bead Summit, Day 2

  1. mmaronson
    June 4, 2015

    mmaro >

  2. katemckinnon
    June 4, 2015

    This is the beginning of it now; who knows?

  3. Teresa Steiner
    June 3, 2015

    Nancy Jenner’s work is one I am admiring because of the pattern work in the peyote stitching- she is not only controlling the shape but the pattern work also.

  4. Helen Fountain
    June 3, 2015

    Hi Kate….I’m wondering if anyone else is having trouble viewing this youtube video? I am unable to access it. I get a message saying this version is not supported, etc. It gives a website to go to and it is not helpful in anyway. I am able to view all your other CGB videos. Any suggestions?
    Helen 💐

    Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 12:46:24 +0000

    • katemckinnon
      June 3, 2015

      Could be because you aren’t in the US? I have no theory, cause it works for me! Anyone?

      • Helen Fountain
        June 3, 2015

        I view other videos originating in the US (including CGB videos)…as well as from all over the world actually..just seems to be this particular one. 😦

        • katemckinnon
          June 4, 2015

          How odd! I wonder what the setting is that is in the way. I can’t find anything different but there must be *something*.

  5. mmaronson
    June 3, 2015

    When is Kate’s new book coming out?


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