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PodCasting: the first bangle start

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Here are two photographs that show one of the many next possible steps on the
PodCast Bead. This 10-bead per side 6-Point Rick-Rack Bangle came directly off of the edge of the little PodCast – you can see it still attached in the top photo.
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If you think about it, it really does make sense. The Rick-Rack is free, while the outer edge of the PodCast is restricted by the small size of the Circle Start. But they are the same size- and 10 beads per side, 6 points is a perfect bangle to wiggle over my hand and fit my wrist.
For my size, if I wanted to build this an inch taller, I would need to start with 11 beads per side instead of 10 beads. If I wanted to build it taller than that, I might be wise to make my start even 12 or 13 beads per side. It’s not a problem, because the Pod can cast off any side bead count (no matter how short or how tall) and I’ll show you how tomorrow.
I’ll discuss this step (and each bangle start I cast off) FULLY on the blog in the next posts, and I’ll show you a variety of strategies to get the Casts off of the Pods. Several of those strategies involve how you handle your thread in the first round of Rick-Rack, so hang tight til tomorrow if you’ve never Snipped, Exploded, Dissolved, or Deconstructed your beadwork with us and let’s do it together.

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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.

13 comments on “PodCasting: the first bangle start

  1. arlene
    March 28, 2018

    can you show how to do the decrease? i have added the round seed beads in the the first round..then in the second round i decrease…by not adding any beads..just going directly in the bead across…but it appears to be cupping…is this correct?

    • katemckinnon
      March 28, 2018

      Yes ! Decreases do cup. There is nothing special about our decreases, they are just the standard peyote/herringbone decreases common in many patterns. If you’ve never done one, though, it can be confusing. I’ll get some photos up here on the blog for you asap.

  2. LindaJill
    March 25, 2018

    I’ve never done this before but I see so many friends around me doing it.. I think I will join in and see what it’s all about. At the very least, I can say I tried.

  3. Karen Firnberg
    March 23, 2018

    Brilliant! Just brilliant. I can see that the PodCast will be one of my favorite tools.

  4. Cynthia Salkowski
    March 23, 2018

    Does it matter where thread is added prior to the exploding round?

    This is an evolution from the original right angle weave start. You and your team are indispensable to the beading community. Thank you for sharing,

    • katemckinnon
      March 24, 2018

      Boy, there is a lot to say about Deconstruction…. You really can just bead a whole thing on one thread and cut it into as many separate, clean sections as you like.

      What you do have to be careful of are things like cutting too close to step-ups, or to thread changes.

      And what you REALLY want to avoid is reinforcing across the lines. If you know you want to take a piece off, and you accidentally wander down into the host piece with a reinforcement of a new thread, it can be a problem.

      Most repairs needed from a mistake like that are very small, though, and not significant.

      I can’t wait to show you all of our Exploding Set ideas… you are going to love them.

  5. Cynthia Salkowski
    March 23, 2018

    Please explain how using 11 beads instead of 12 beads per side for your size bracelet would make the bracelet taller. And using 13 beads per side would make it taller yet.

    “For my size, if I wanted to build this an inch taller, I would need to start with 11 beads per side instead of 12. If I wanted to build it taller than that, I might be wise to make my start 13 beads per side.“

    • katemckinnon
      March 24, 2018

      Thanks for your question, Cynthia – Adding those beads to each side doesn’t *make* the bangle taller, it allows you to build it taller.
      It takes a bit more room to get into a tall cylinder bangle than it does to wiggle into something shorter.

  6. Suzanne Golden
    March 22, 2018

    I’m 75 and I’ve never Snipped, Exploded, Dissolved or DeConstructed so it’s always great to learn something new!!! Thanks kate…Looking forward to tomorrow!! My “Poddy” is already and waiting!!

  7. Maryanne Gross
    March 22, 2018

    This is fantastic, Kate! I just finished my PodCast and I can see how it will work. At first I couldn’t visualize the Rick Rack off of the PodCast but after seeing this post it all makes sense! It’s really brilliant! I can’t wait for tomorrow’s installment!


  8. Joanne Yalch
    March 22, 2018

    My head is exploding just thinking of the possibilities!!!!!

    • katemckinnon
      March 22, 2018

      Gosh I like to hear that. Are you playing with the little Pod? It’s extraordinary, especially if it is beaded to be a bit sproingy.

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