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We’re still a few months from going to press with the Pattern Book (thank you for your continued patience) but things are moving quickly now. It’s wonderful, thinking of finally being able to share these years of work.
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May I dazzle you with a beautiful simple Kaleidocycle by Claudia Furthner, beading from Austria? This one is done in size 10 cylinder beads.
Isn’t it wonderful? The photos are all of the same piece at different points in turning inward or outward. It’s made from 24 Flat Peyote Triangles, which join up into three sets of mirror Tetrahedra. We’ll share this pattern publicly as soon as it’s graphed.
In the meantime, if you haven’t seen it yet, we have a nice pattern for a Kaleidocycle in our Pattern Library, if you want to try making one. The pattern posted was our first team sketch showing hinges, and was done by Dustin Wedekind and Kim Van Antwerp. It will be in the book, along with Claudia’s and a suite of other machines and assembly methods.
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Schedule note: I’ll be at the Martin Gardener mathematics conference in Atlanta this April, showing our Cycles and Machines, and demonstrating new concepts from the project. It’s kind of perfect, as Doris Schattschneider (who co-created the Esher Kaleidocycles origami book that got us all beading these) is actually a featured guest speaker. It will be fun to show her where her book took us. Thanks much to Gwen Fisher for inviting me to go!
Look also for a preview from the new books in the June issue of Perlen Poesie magazine. We’re working with their team now to present one of our Flying Triangles (which feature a technique we began exploring this fall, inserting pre-made Hypars/Warped Squares into slits opened along peyote increases). The piece in the magazine is by Joke Van Biesen, beading from the Netherlands.
Summer news soon!