an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators

Facebook Live session today, 5pm EDT

Hello, all! For those of you on Facebook, I’m doing another live question and answer session, and today’s topic is the Casting Spine, and how to use it to create new pieces.

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Join us if you can. I’m close to releasing the pattern for the Exploding Set– our BeadALong brought three great new ideas to the table (this is how the collective mind works) and I am incorporating them.

I also have a new Exploding Set to film for YouTube. In this case, I am only filming the Deconstruction, because we know how to put them together now from the first video. Here it is, if you haven’t seen it and want to catch up on how a 24-Point PodCast Bead goes together, and then how work grows on top of it and is neatly removed.

The goal for the live sessions is to have a regular weekly Q&A class, teaching all of the new techniques from our updated Basics section. CGB Team members will participate, and answer in the comments, and I can answer live on the video.

This process helps us finalize and test our new starts as we finish editing our pages. Each class will be supported by a video, accessible to all on YouTube.

Next week, how to cast any Rick-Rack bangle to size with no loose bead start, even asymmetrically or from THIN AIR. I have four new techniques to show you, and you can see Ingrid playing with one below – casting out loops, like fishing line, and then reeling them in at another point.

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Like the peaks in the Helix Bangle in CGB, Volume 1, these cast out loops are just little peyote starts,each  nicely anchored. The herringbone increases that will define them as peaks can go in any position on the loop- in the center, or off-center. Then the piece can be built attached to what anchored it, and can be removed or be a new part of that piece.

Also like the Helix Bangle, when you cast out a loop for a peyote start, remember to throw out the beads for two rounds at once. (This requires a bit of know-how re peyote starts, and we’ll show you how it’s done in the video to go with the chat session.)

Books soon!

In the meantime, bead these tools with us, if you want to hit the ground running with the patterns. These ideas, the ones we are teaching now, are the ideas that changed our thinking, our starts, and our ideas about how to make architectural beadwork.


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.

2 comments on “Facebook Live session today, 5pm EDT

  1. SeCretScriBe
    April 20, 2019

    Thank you Kate for the video on how to construct the casting pod bead the wave and the spine…..i was scared of CGB for a loooong time, but after i broke the barrier and followed this video and succeeded it was lightning strike and i love it so so much…

    • katemckinnon
      April 20, 2019

      Good luck sleeping! Laughing.
      These ideas…..!!!

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