an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Hello all! At this link, please find a downloadable, printable PDF for our PodCast BeadALong. If you have questions about the pattern, please leave them here in the comments. I will be online all week to answer them, and to help everyone make the Casting Model and take off their first Casts. The Pod beads up quickly, as does the first casting.
If you only need a short summary to bead this, we posted it yesterday. It’s just 8-12 rounds (depending on your general bangle size) of circular peyote on a base ring of size 8 round beads. The first round of increase beads are double-square-stitched to the ring, providing a sturdy foundation for the peyote to grow. This ring structure allows the Pod to self-organize its Points, instead of you having to sort and wrangle them.
This weekend, when everyone has had a chance to make the PodCast Bead, I’ll upload a video addressing questions and showing how to use this marvel (and other Casting Models too) to create new starts, and lots of them. We greatly appreciate all of your participation; this is how CGB works, and your feedback in these community explorations is how we know if we’re communicating. Zigged forms can be hard to get our minds around.
Below is a sneak peek at our first project off of the Pod, a removable Rick-Rack Bangle that we will bead directly onto the Pod. At this point, our Rick-Rack is still attached to the Model. The little black beads at the tip of the purple increases are just a few Exploding Round beads I added in the first round of the new piece to help me separate the cast from the Pod.
The Exploding Round is a Deconstruction technique from CGB, Volume II – I’ll show you how that works (and some other ways to remove the work as well) in the next post, tomorrow. In fact, we’ll be making an entire Exploding Set directly onto this crazy little bead. You won’t believe it.
Above, our PodCast Bead sample, built to 10 rounds,
with 6 rounds of yellow and orange Rick-Rack beaded on top of it.