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Exploding PodCast BeadAlong, Step 1

This is what we made today, in Step 1 of our new Exploding PodCast Set. Please consider making one, and joining us!

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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.

7 comments on “Exploding PodCast BeadAlong, Step 1

  1. Beadfun
    September 12, 2019

    Hi, I made a few of these and they are fun! One note is that I used a matte delica for the spacer and it gets lost in the middle. do you recommend using a certain kind of bead for the spacer?

  2. Marilyn Jolly
    September 9, 2019

    Please explain the sizing a little bit more for me.
    How many beads to use to obtain the right size for the Rick rack bangle.
    Thank you.

    • katemckinnon
      September 10, 2019

      Each size group (S/M/L/XL) will build their Rick Rack when the Wave is at 6 beads per side.

      So each Rick Rack will be 20, 22, 24 or 26 sides, and each side will have 6 beads. So the small size has 120 around the edge, the medium 132, etc.

      I am deliberately NOT making this about doing math to get the piece. We are taking off four basic sizes, and then making decisions about how we would alter this depending on the height of Rick-Rack one is making. Follow this exploration with us, and see how each basic size group is flexible, alterable, and useful. If you prefer to calculate, we have a Rick-Rack sizing chart on our website for free.
      Here is a link:

  3. Sandra Munizaga Bugueño
    September 8, 2019

    Mil gracias buen domingo!!!

    El El sáb, 7 de sep. de 2019 a las 18:24, CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK escribió:

    > katemckinnon posted: “This is what we made today, in Step 1 of our new > Exploding PodCast Set. Please consider making one, and joining us! >” >

  4. Judy botts
    September 8, 2019

    Just watched the abbreviated version and did not realize we were to use cylinder beads. When we do today’s project, can we switch to cylinders?

    • katemckinnon
      September 8, 2019

      You can use rounds if you like! You just won’t have the same clean geometric lines. But rounds are lovely. Use what you love.

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