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Exploding PodCast BeadALong, Step 2: The Wave

Greetings, beaders!

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PodCast Set Wave Section in Hexes web

This Exploding Set might not look like a big deal, I know. But I think it will surprise you. After this little starter is built up to the beaded bead you see on the left, we’ll Deconstruct it, and off of the edge will come a six-round Hexagon Wave, which we will make into something, and a beautiful, supple Casting Spine, a tool you will use again and again to start work.

STEP 1, yesterday, created the starter PodCast Bead, with 24 peaks (12 up and 12 down) and STEP 2, today, will make the Hexagon Wave.

Exploding PodCast Set summary

In the photo above, the Wave is sitting quietly as a stack of hexagons. But if you unfold it into a single ring, you can arrange it into a variety of connected geometric or molecular shapes. Lookie. This is just a couple of the many arrangements possible for the Wave, once it’s off of the PodCast. These could be finished as bracelets or they might become geometric links in a spectacular chain.


Catch up with Step 1 here:
PodCast Bead PDF Pages
PodCast Bead PDF two-page Spread

The PodCast Bead is simple to make. It’s just peyote stitch with two-bead Split Increases (also known as Herringbone or Triangle increases) and this is very much like making a flat peyote triangle or a Warped Square,  24 increases are so dense and lively, though, that they have no hope of laying flat – all they can do is make a little spiky tube.

PodCast 24 Point for Exploding Set webclick any image to enlarge

Be sure to use two alternating colours for your PodCast increases, so that you can easily see how to sort the legs of the PodCast up and down once it starts to get wiggly. I kept the blue up and the yellow down while I built this one. Finish your PodCast with hot red tips at the increases, to make it easy to Deconstruct the set, weave in your working threads and trim.


Summary:  Add a stop bead to a fresh thread and begin beading immediately without weaving in. Add six rounds of Hexagon Increase. Weave in your working thread to finish the section, but leave your starting tail so you know where it is.

Exploding PodCast Set with Wave web.png

Above, Step 2, completed

The Hexagon Increase is a 3-round Increase Cycle, starting with any one of these three rounds:

1 Increase:  An Increase Round comes after a Fill Round, and before a Point Round.
Place 2-bead Herringbone Increases on top of each corner or peak, and regular peyote stitches in all side slots.

2 Point:        A Point Round comes after an Increase Round, and before a Fill Round.
A splitter bead is placed between each increase set, and regular peyote stitches are placed in all side slots. This round, when finished, converts the two-bead increase placed in the previous round to simply another two slots for peyote stitch.

3 Fill:           A Fill Round comes after a Point Round, and before an Increase Round.
Place one regular  bead in every slot.

Interestingly, this Hexagon Increase Cycle can be done a couple of different ways. In my sample, I did this:

1 INCREASE  (gold beads, turns into a Fill Round when Deconstructed)


When the Wave comes off of the Pod, the first Increase Round will spread out, and become a regular peyote Fill Round. It doesn’t matter if you go INCREASE, INCREASE, POINT, FILL, INCREASE, POINT or if you go INCREASE, POINT, FILL, INCREASE, POINT, FILL. Each will provide the correct start for the third section.

Have a look. See my first round of gold beads, is an Increase Round, and then my second round of white beads, also goes in as an Increase Round. Then a white Splitter Bead on each peak for a Point Round, a Fill Round of black, an Increase Round of black, and a Point Round of red finished my section.


Exploding PodCast Set with Wave web

Above, Step 2, completed, another look

When the Wave is removed from the Pod, the gold beads spread out and become a Fill Round. I like this so much that I usually build my Waves this way. You can see in this illustration that the Point Round at the end becomes simply a line of regular peyote stitch.

The first round of gold beads (placed as an Increase Round, and now spread out to be a Fill Round) could easily host a finishing round of regular peyote stitch (size 15 rounds are lovely for this). You need some kind of reinforcement on Deconstructed edges, because after you snip them free, they will only have one round of thread inside them, and that is no way to finish beadwork.

24 bead casting wave only 2

PodCast Set Wave Section in Hexes web


Start this section as usual, with a nice long fresh thread, do not weave in to start, and bead your six rounds either way. It doesn’t matter if you finish with a Point Round or a Fill Round, because each of them leaves a regular peyote line for Section 3 to begin.

If you are beading with a partner, it can be fun to do both and compare the finished results.

When you are finished with Step 2, weave in your working thread and trim it, but leave at least a little inch of your starting tail, so you will be able to see where your Section began. This sometimes helps make Deconstruction easy.

See you tomorrow for the final section, the Casting Spine, which will be worked in a turnaround method, not in the round.  See the little loops? Those are handy on the Spine, and help us remember to TURN AROUND.

: )

Exploding Podcast Set with Spine Loops Showing web




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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 “Exploding PodCast BeadALong, Step 2: The Wave

  1. Patricia Stuart
    April 27, 2019

    I’m a bit late to catch up but I’ve finally finished my 24 point Podcast bead. Unfortunately I feel like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole when it comes to this Hexagonal wave. Have you done or do you plan to do a pod cast to show what you mean by these steps?
    Lost in hexagonal land

  2. wisebeading
    April 11, 2019

    I am a little slow. Just starting the second last row of step 2. Job takes too much of my time. I will get caught up this weekend.

  3. Joyce Hanson
    April 10, 2019

    I’m a little slow, so forgive me, but you don’t mention adding thread!? I’m about to start the Red point row that I was supposed to finish yesterday AND I don’t have enough thread to make it all the way around. I’ll admit the “deconstruct ” has me a little worried about where I weave in my thread. I need a little help or reassurance.

    Also a question, can an increase row go before or after any increase, point or fill row, if I am understanding this right? Thanks for this experience, Joyce

    • katemckinnon
      April 10, 2019

      Hi Joyce! Weave in a new thread to begin this row, and you are right! It’s a good idea not to head into a final round of a Deconstruction without enough thread. You can weave your new thread in securely, but just remember to stay entirely in your Section with it. Best!

      Also, an increase can go after an Increase on this piece, but only in the first section. This is because once it is Deconstructed, the first round of beads spreads out to be a Fill Round.

  4. puzzledeb
    April 8, 2019

    Re: [New post] Exploding PodCast BeadALong, Step 2: The Wave

    Looks exciting.  I’d love to try it.  Is there a way to download it as a .pdf? Thanks for all your work, Debby

    Monday, Apr

    • katemckinnon
      April 9, 2019

      When we are finished up this week, Debby, it will be a free PDF pattern on our website. Thanks!

  5. Jamie L. Welles
    April 8, 2019

    Hey Kate,

    What can be accomplished using the 24 point podcast that can’t be accomplished using the deconstructed triangles or warped squares? I put another series on my triangle and have made wrap bracelets that are 190 teeth long (with a turn around) placing herringbone increases around the triangle and can grow the size by adding more increases along the sides. I have also used the smaller triangles to make triangle “voids” for other items.

    I did make the 24 point podcast and do see how it saves time making it instead of the deconstructed triangles or warped squares. I also made a six point podcast that I have used to make varying length sides and a turn around for different sized rick rack bracelets. I do see how to use a podcast with longer sides and more peaks can be used to make varying numbers of peaks using the turn around method.

    By the way I absolutely love, love, love the “Dot Code” Dustin incorporated into the triangles and warped square.

    Thanks for all your hard work, I am so intrigued by the wonderful shapes that can come out of these shapes and how much time it saves starting a peyote project.

    • katemckinnon
      April 9, 2019

      Great questions, and comments, and I love the Dot Code too, it was what we developed the first time we did MIT IAP. And Kim Van Antwerp and her tiny scissors led us to Deconstruction that time, too.

      Yes! I will show you why I have gone this route instead of using the edges of flat forms. So many good reasons.

  6. Janet Sherman
    April 8, 2019

    Thanks Kate.

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