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Snipping to separate a Cast from a Casting Model

By request, a quick (less than 5 minute) close-up of Snipping as a way to separate a PodCast from a bangle.

This bangle has a Rick-Rack Sizing Band (orange and yellow) of 6 Points at 10 beads per side, then an installed MRAW Band (blue with orange center beads) and then some rounds of All-Wing (all increases, alternating yellow/green and blue/green, finishing in 18 beads per side) to begin building up for a flowing, wingy exterior.

You can see my marker beads for Side Increases down near the ends of one side of the Points…. but I have a nice new way to suggest we try this.  Side Increases have never been any fun, and I want to see if we can improve that.

PodCast Bead (without the Circle Start, challenging!) by the glorious Claudia Furthner.

Feel free to share!

Next video:  How to install the MRAW Band

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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.

10 comments on “Snipping to separate a Cast from a Casting Model

  1. Deb Bridge
    June 9, 2018

    Thanks. I’m really looking forward to the video on adding an MRAW band to a piece that’s already started on the Podcast.

  2. Cindy Salkowski
    April 27, 2018

    I’m interested in working a right angle weave off of the podcast shown in the video dated April 4, 2018. Could you please do a video showing the addition right angle weave to a podcast? I’m particularly interested to see how the corners are stitched.

  3. Sam Norgard
    April 5, 2018

    I’m enjoying following along. I can’t wait to see how others “color outside the lines” and find all kinds of new forms. Thanks so much for sharing. XXX

  4. Ina Hascher
    April 5, 2018

    Lovely video that will help new beaders. Thanks Kate

  5. E White
    April 5, 2018

    Good video – but there is another little gadget I find useful.

    In the UK it is called the QUICK UN-PICK I have bought them in the U.S. but cannot remember if the name is the same

    It is a small , sharp hook, designed for picking up and cutting stitches from a dressing seam or completed embroidery. When used carefully, one can unpack even very delicate stitches on lightweight material. It is cheap and much smaller than scissors so easy to keep with your beading

    Try it, I think you will find it useful

    • katemckinnon
      April 5, 2018

      Hi! I’ve had a seam ripper in my sewing box since I was a little child (back of course when children were given things like seam rippers) and I have several little snippers in a variety of configurations. But one must be extraordinarily careful not to cut more than one thread, and exactly the correct one. I am always fearful of blades, thread burners, etc.

      Carry on with whatever is fine and precise enough for your hand!

  6. Cindy Salkowski
    April 4, 2018

    Very clearly demonstrated. Thank you

  7. Bev Hayes Berthoty
    April 4, 2018

    Thanks, Kate. I’m following along, making a podcast bead. It’s really wonderful to be taught about the structure of beading. Hats off to you and your team for figuring this all out and sharing it with us. Happy beading, Bev

  8. Suzanne Golden
    April 4, 2018

    Clever idea and wonderful inspiration….!! Thank you Kate!

  9. maryy
    April 4, 2018

    Magnifique, quelle excellent idée, merci pour tous ces conseils !

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