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A video tutorial on the Exploding PodCast Bead

For those of you who would like to see all the steps on video, I uploaded a video to our YouTube channel.

We had a nice time Deconstructing live on Facebook last night as well, and I think I’ll plan to do a live beadalong each Saturday afternoon or something sensible for most time zones. If you are on Facebook, you can watch last night’s Deconstruction and then the Stitch in the Ditch round as well by clicking the link above to visit our page.

There are a variety of platforms, so it doesn’t have to be Facebook only, but this one was.

If you have any questions after watching the video or the Facebook Live session, put them into these comments and I’ll be sure to answer today.

Next, I’ll show you how to use the Spine and the Wave to make things. And of course how to use the little PodCast bead to start many other forms. Can you even stand it that almost 20″ of Spine comes off of a little bead that can sit on a dime?

PodCast Exploding Set BeadALong

A few shots of possibilities for the Wave section as a bracelet or set of chain links using Geometric Capture. To capture any space and hold it, just choose the number of sides and run a few rounds of beads around that edge. Instant geometric forms. Fill them in, (maybe with solid hot colours or stripes or spirals?) and you have an instant bracelet or a set of geometric chain links in some spectacular piece.

Just THINK of the chains you could make with this tactic, and then make some and show us! These are new ideas, and we welcome you, and still have time to feature a few new photos in this section.

You could join these finished sections with single loops, or hinge them together, or some clever tactic that let them be assembled and reassembled. Have fun!

PodCast Exploding Set Option for Wave webWave Third Option Podcast Exploding SetPodCast Set Wave Section in Hexes web

above, just a few of the many things the single Wave section can assemble to make – play with it, and see what yours wants to be

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.

14 comments on “A video tutorial on the Exploding PodCast Bead

  1. Rebecca Comerford
    June 3, 2019

    Dear Kate, Is there anymore info on how to capture the shapes on the hex loops cast? I am interested in how to actually connect the points i.e., the thread path. Would love some help here. Thanks.

    On Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 11:34 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: “For those of you who would like to see all the steps > on video, I uploaded a video to our YouTube channel. > We had a nice time > Deconstructing live on Facebook last night as well, and I think I’ll plan > to do a li” >

    • katemckinnon
      June 4, 2019

      Hi Rebecca, I am almost finished with our chapter on this, it turned out (as usual) to be a very rich study, LOTS of good options.

  2. Borsetta Oriana
    May 13, 2019

    grazie mille Kate per questo dettagliato tutorial. per una persona cone me che ha appena iniziato, questi video sono molto utili.

    • katemckinnon
      May 13, 2019

      Sono felice che siano utili per te! Molto altro arriverà presto. Buon perline! Kate

  3. Eve Renaud
    April 18, 2019

    Bonjour, Here is a question from a translator, not an artist! I have to translate a text about an Ojibwe Bead artist who talks about “casting pods”. Could you explain to me what are “pods” and what does “casting pods” mean? I’ll try to find out the French translation from there. Thank you so much in advance!

  4. Rochelle
    April 16, 2019

    I just used the spine to cast another spine of Miyuki size 11 rounds to use as a beaded necklace. There’s no way I could have done that without the original spine of delicas. The spine just proved its usefulness. Amazing! Thanks, Kate!

    • katemckinnon
      April 17, 2019

      Yes, a Spine cast from another Spine is bliss. Did it occur to you that you can use all three live lines to cast ONE new Spine? Down one line, cross over, up the other, cross over, down the other. Who cares if there is a bit of thread showing? The entire first thread is cut away in Deconstruction.

      I have one that is 5 feet long made that way!

  5. Katherine Young
    April 14, 2019

    Are those scissors good for fireline?

    • katemckinnon
      April 15, 2019

      As far as I know, NO scissors fare well when cutting Fireline or fishing line. I see people using tiny metalsmithing snips, etc. All I can say is that I don’t use Fireline, and I personally wouldn’t choose it for Deconstruction. But many on our team use it and love it and I see people Deconstructing it all of the time. I suspect they go through a lot of snippers. : )

      Anyone using Fireline for this, please weigh in, what weight do you use and what do you snip it with?

  6. Janet Sherman
    April 13, 2019

    Can’t wait for the next phase. Could you share the brand name of those sharp little scissors?

  7. Rochelle
    April 13, 2019

    Fabulous! I wasn’t sure why I would need a spine in addition to the podcast bead, but your demo of how easy it would be to size bracelets using it convinced me. I’m starting the spine immediately and will delay deconstruction until it’s done. Thanks!

  8. Maureen Boylan
    April 13, 2019

    Thank you Kate, for your generosity in providing these tutorials before the book even comes out! It’s wonderful to be able to get started in making the tools we will use in this next phase!

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