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

Deconstruction Video on YouTube Live

If you would like to see how to Deconstruct your Exploding PodCast Set, please join us now (or later) at this link, and I’ll be doing one live at noon, and then taking questions, etc. I will also show how to handle each section after it comes off so it is ready for us.
See you there, or catch up later. The video will save under the “Live” header on our channel.

After you watch, remember, here are your steps:

THE RICK-RACK can simply be tried on for size. Each round added makes it effectively smaller to wiggle into. If the size is perfect, you are finished. If it’s too small we have a LOT of ideas to finish it as a flower, or to Deconstruct it into smaller Sizing Bands.

If you finished it to 12 rounds, you will have the best size check. You could see in the video how much bigger and looser 6 rounds is than 12. Each round adds personality, room for design, and takes away wiggle room.

Exploding 22pt PodCast Set Family Photo web
THE WAVE SECTION should come off big, ideally, and one of your first jobs is to stabilize its size by placing a reinforcing peyote round on the inside edge. Choose 0, 1 or 2 beads to place in the Valley spaces at your decreases, depending on the sizing you like. If your Wave is too small, we will be surprised, but also we have a lot of things you can do with HyperLoops, which is what the Wave is. Stay Tuned.
THE CASTING SPINES need their Stitch-In-The-Ditch down their middle lines (the second round of each set of three) and then they can be separated. Each of the Spines can be a tool, or grow up to be a Helical Coil, a Geometric Capture, or many many other forms. We will develop them into all of these on video.
Your PodCast Bead is back in your hands, and ready for MORE. You can build anything you like on it, and now you understand your sizes better.
As soon as we have size feedback from all y’all, and see your examples (and debug your mistakes if necessary) we will feel comfortable to publish the official pattern and move forward with the finish of the Pattern Book.

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.

19 comments on “Deconstruction Video on YouTube Live

  1. Sandra Munizaga Bugueño
    September 20, 2019

    Gracias como siempre todos los trabajos hermosisimos!!!!!

    El El sáb, 14 de sep. de 2019 a las 12:53, CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK escribió:

    > katemckinnon posted: “If you would like to see how to Deconstruct your > Exploding PodCast Set, please join us now (or later) at this link, and I’ll > be doing one live at noon, and then taking questions, etc. I will also show > how to handle each section after it comes off so it i” >

  2. AprilBird4
    September 20, 2019

    I have a deconstruction question……. In all the videos on this set, I believe you have always taken off the wave, then the rick-rack and then the casting spines. Is there any reason I can’t take off the Casting Spines first? I only did 6 rounds on my rick-rack so I could ‘move on’. Now I’ve got time, I’d like to get the spine off and do my stitch in the ditch and then I’d like to go back and add 6 more rounds to my rick-rack.

    • katemckinnon
      September 20, 2019

      Sure you can! Just be sure to take them BOTH off together, cause you will not like stitch in the ditch on a three-round line.
      : )

      • AprilBird4
        September 20, 2019

        Gotch ya! Oh yes…. 6 rounds much easer to work with than 3. And thank you for the confirmation on the deconstruction order. I didn’t think it would matter, but…. I wanted to be sure! Can’t wait for more!!!

  3. makesmeangry
    September 18, 2019

    I made my podcast bead with 22 points as my hand matched Kate’s description of hers. Very pleased with fit and 11 rows of rickrack. Want to do layers so will be watching for the MRAW band as several others have mentioned.

  4. Andrea Willis
    September 15, 2019

    Hi, I got a terrific sized rickrack with 10 rows and ten points but it’s just a tad too big and looks unfinished. I’d like to add another layer but your book only tells how to do that with an MRAW band on one side. Can you tell me how to start a second layer?
    Thank you,

    • katemckinnon
      September 15, 2019

      The MRAW band is PERFECT for a second layer and can be added directly to the edge of your finished Rick-Rack. Also, of course, if you bead it a bit taller it will likely be a great fit in only one layer.

      I will do a demo of adding the MRAW band, thank you! It is on my list.

      • Andrea Willis
        September 15, 2019

        Thank you. I look forward to it! All your videos are fabulous! And the sizing worked great. My personal problem with bangles is that my wrist is only 5”, very thin in relation to my hand so all bangles are big on me. I plan to try a flat rickrack from the podcast at some point.

        • katemckinnon
          September 15, 2019

          Oh, I feel the same. Bangles are just pointless on me as there is a 2″ difference in my hand size and wrist size. I am ALL FOR flat bracelets.
          To craft one from the PodCast, just do enough, and then turn around as we did to make the Spine. It’s quite easy to take flat things off of round things, (and also round things off of flat things – to do the latter, just connect the circle with your thread, and temporarily the flat thing becomes round, just to host your casting.

          • Andrea Willis
            September 15, 2019

            Thank you for your response. I kind of assumed I would do it like he spine with the turnaround. I’m experimenting right now with a 6-pointed podcast, although I’m doing it in the round. Can always make a flower or something!

    • katemckinnon
      September 15, 2019

      (Oh, I see that you only did 10 rows, and it’s a tad too big. That is great news!! Our sizing was exactly on the mark for you, I think!)

  5. chrissiea
    September 15, 2019

    Do I need to add the casting spines, if I already have several cast of other podcast beads? Is there an advantage to have one or two in this case cast off of this specific podcast bead?
    Are they going to be used for something special going forward with this beadalong?

    • katemckinnon
      September 15, 2019

      Nope, the Spines are for those who don’t have them, or want to build pieces off of them. This Spine just happens to be your perfect fit for bangles. : )

  6. Elaine Miller
    September 14, 2019

    I have been following along with this podcast set and am wondering how this one is different from the one released in April.

    • katemckinnon
      September 15, 2019

      It’s a different set of work built on top- this one includes a Rick-Rack, and the Wave section is bangle-sized as a start, instead of built large to play with geometrically.

  7. Amy
    September 14, 2019

    This project definitely deserved the brass band! Thank you.

  8. Marie Kulchinski
    September 14, 2019

    sound is fine

  9. Rhona Veling
    September 14, 2019

    Kate – several times in the new deconstruction video you mention that a 21 point rick rack bangle fits you perfectly. In the beginning of the project when we were making our pods, I thought you said it had to be an even number – 20, 22, 24 or 26 for various size wrists. I made mine at 22 beads but it is far too big for my wrist. I am going to try making one that starts with 20 beads although that may prove to be to small to go over my hand.
    Besides making a bangle taller till it fits better, is it possible to use this pod to cast a piece that is unjoined so that a clasp can be used for a better fit? I have read the book sections on tailoring, but frankly I don’t understand those instructions. I would especially like to make a double rick rack – do I have to start with an m-raw band to do it or can I modify the one from this project.
    Thank you so much for these latest videos. I bought the books and tried to understand the process a couple of years ago but gave it up. These videos are a great help and have re-sparked my interest. I am not mathematically minded so I struggle with the written materials.

    • katemckinnon
      September 15, 2019

      Rhona, thank you for catching that I said 21 points! What a silly mistake. I am a medium, and I did 22 points.

      Could you please send me photos before we are sure that your pieces are too big? I have a feeling that they might be more right than you think. Remember how the 6-round Rick-Rack hung off of my hand? All I had to do was bead a few more rounds and it was perfect.

      I am emailing you so that you can return the email with photos of the pieces on and off of your hands.
      Thanks for participating and I look forward to seeing your photos.

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