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PodCast BeadAlong

Coming tomorrow – the CGB PodCast BeadAlong! Join us?Podcast web

Don’t worry about supplies. You only need a couple of grams of cylinder beads and a few dozen round beads (size 8 are best) to create the little Casting Model form. It whips up quickly, but wait until we show you what we DO with it! We might keep you busy for months.

We’ll post tomorrow (March 22) here and on our CGB Facebook page too, with full step by step photos and a discussion, so if you have questions about how to build this tiny little All-Wing, please save them until you see the full spreads? (If you want to print this out, use this link, it will give you a PDF.  (Remember, though, this is just a preview.)

Podcast teaser

Our little model uses 12 of any kind of 8° round beads (I used dark gold) and three colours of 11° cylinder beads.

For my cylinders, I used Delicas, and chose white (DB351) orange (DB1780, 795) and a dark colour – blue, black or purple work well (DB 696, 10, 756). If you aren’t very familiar with this kind of build, don’t be tempted to use only one colour, because that could make a simple thing confusing.

The Model is a re-usable form, and so should be nice to look at, but it isn’t the PIECE, so don’t think too much about the beads you use to make it.

My guess is that you will make a handful of these sproingy little miracles once you see all that they can do….

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

24 comments on “PodCast BeadAlong

  1. Terry
    August 14, 2018

    OMG !!! IM SO EXCITED Its going to be here soon , Anticipation ….. did you sing it lol
    It was a year away and the countdown began,
    It is mailing next month. Yay !!!!

  2. Claudia White
    March 21, 2018

    I love the way the beads want to alternate between up and down! I can’t wait to see the rest of the post. I was so excited that I began making one with 10 beads to start.

    • katemckinnon
      March 21, 2018

      10 beads per side, like mine, Claudia, or a 10-bead Circle Start (for a 5-Point bangle)?

  3. Leslie Russell
    March 21, 2018

    I LOVE ‘the core of the Universe’! Will give it a go.

  4. Joanne Yalch
    March 21, 2018

    I am SO excited! I have made my Pod, and I can see exactly how it will work. Brilliant!!!

    • katemckinnon
      March 21, 2018

      It’s a quickie, isn’t it!
      I think I might still have some surprises for you beyond the obvious… Or I hope so.
      It will be fun to get everyone’s input, ideas, and colour creations.

      THIS IS A BIG THING that looks like a toy.

  5. anzacheryl
    March 21, 2018

    Cannot wait to start this; need the “push” to work on something besides hypars (earrings with Kim) – which I love love love. amazing where all you see them as design elements and structures once you start looking.

    • katemckinnon
      March 21, 2018

      You know, this is the core of Hypars too, really. This little thing is the center of the Universe. So glad to have you beading with us, Cheryl!

  6. Joyce Dall'Acqua Peterson
    March 21, 2018

    Gonna make two for earrings!! Would you please post this in a higher-res format? I printed it out but the type is too fine and blurry to read. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Marie Campbell
    March 21, 2018

    Just the right time for a new exploration! (of course, that is Anytime!) Thank you.

  8. katemckinnon
    March 21, 2018

    Dunno who Esther is, or how we got her email, but hey – welcome!
    Bead this little Pod with us!

  9. BarbaraBriggsDesigns
    March 21, 2018

    What fun! Looking forward to making a few of these!

  10. nobleelfsmusings
    March 21, 2018

    Thanks, Kate, especially for the step by step photos, as our mountain home means we use satellite internet, and it’s limited to 10 gigs per month. Streaming kills that in no time, but now I can play along!

  11. makesmeangry
    March 21, 2018

    What does the sizing refer to? Widest hand width? If so could we have an idea so we know which size to make. This is an exciting development as i could never come up with a rick rack bangle that worked.

    Sent from my iPad


    • katemckinnon
      March 21, 2018

      The sizing is very simple – are you an XS, S, M, L, or XL? Then that will determine how many rounds you bead the little Pod. Look at the little guide. This is so much easier than you might guess! Full spreads tomorrow!

  12. Shelley Blumberg
    March 21, 2018

    What time is the podcast? How can I watch or listen to it?

    Sent from my iPhone


    • katemckinnon
      March 21, 2018

      That is an awesome question! The PodCast is the name of the little beady form we are making – the Pod that casts off the bangles. HUGS!

    • Ruth Bernstein
      March 21, 2018

      Also, is the starting time important?

      • katemckinnon
        March 21, 2018

        Ruth, I love you! The PodCast is the name of the bead, cause it’s a Pod that Casts Off bangles.
        But it WOULD be fun to synchronize the start of our beading….

  13. Kat Oliva
    March 21, 2018


    Hugs k


    • katemckinnon
      March 21, 2018

      It’s funny, people look at this and are like, what, that thing?
      Laughing. This is like.. the core of the Universe.

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