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Reinforcing, Sizing and Building up the Wave Section of the Exploding PodCast Set

For those of you who want to charge ahead on your pieces ahead of the pattern release, we salute you! Here is a guideline for developing your Wave. The family photo below shows my 12-round Rick-Rack, which fits me perfectly (if I want a taller one I will need to do 7 beads per side instead of 6, or start from a 24-Point Podcast Bead).

You can also see my Wave section in grey, with a red Sizing Band already built onto it. This is the step you will do first for your Wave, to size and stabilize it for the bangle we will build onto it.

Exploding 22pt PodCast Set Family Photo web

Here are the steps (and remember – there is a printed pattern and a final video coming, so if you want our guidance, just wait one week.  : )

When your Wave Section is safely off of your PodCast Bead, it should fit comfortably over your hand. If the size is perfect when you put it on, then finish the “valley” sections of your inner ring with two beads, to hold it open, and treat that space as two-drop peyote from there on out (place two beads in that space in successive rounds).

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Wave Sizing Band Summary web.jpg

If the fit is loose, choose to fill that valley space with stitches of either 1 bead (regular peyote) or just the thread, which is 0 beads (a decrease). One of these will probably reduce the Wave band to your perfect size.

I chose one bead for my fill round, because my Wave was just *a little bit* too big. Choosing 0, 1 or 2 beads for that inner round is like choosing the S, M or L of your particular PodCast size. You can experiment, and see what you like. It’s only one round, easy to re-do.

Once you’ve found your perfect fit, then complete the first inner round and reinforce the edge by passing your thread completely around it, passing through the innermost two rounds of beads – the round you just added, and the edge round you took off of the PodCast Bead.

When you have reinforced, add more rounds of plain peyote to build the Sizing Band, which should fit you PERFECTLY.

(You are in charge of this fit, so choose wisely on bead placement in your first Inner Round. And yes, you can be creative with staggered choices, size 15 rounds, etc.)

Once the band is stable, why not take a Circular Sizing Spine off of it so you have that in your toolbox as well? Everything you make around that custom-built Spine will fit you, unless you build something that begins to creep inward. REMEMBER TO PLACE DETONATION POINTS SO YOU CAN CUT THE SPINE OFF EASILY! I like to put them every inch or so when they are my only hope.

Below: Sometimes I just take a Spine directly off of the Wave, if it’s perfect, like this. This one is quite easy to snip a bit if necessary, as it sits a bit apart from each increase in the HyperLoop.


After you have built and removed your Circular Casting Spine, you can build the Sizing Band as high as you like – just a few rounds, or tall enough to fold over for a rolled edge. If I know I want to make a rolled edge, I place an Elegant Guide Round or a Stitch-In-The-Ditch round at the start, which will give me something simple to Zip to if I want to fold down a little wall of peyote stitch into a roll.

Once you finish the interior to your liking, then thread up and turn your attention to the Outer Rounds – continue to add Hexagon Increase for as many rounds as you like, and enjoy watching the ruffle build. You will learn to contain it, and to shape it as you go. Try not to bead too tightly.

The photo below  is where I am at on my pink, gold and clear sample. I plan to deepen the ruffle substantially.

If you wonder what that windowed excitement is between my gold section and my pink, it’s an MRAW Band, which I added in clear cylinder beads. I just think the MRAW is so beautiful, and it’s easy to add onto any existing edge. I will upload a video showing how quite soon.

HyperLoop HyperBangle by Kate McKinnon Exploding PodCast Set

This is the piece that inspired us to add the Wave to this Exploding Set.

It was crafted by Joke Van Biesen, and shown on the runway at the Bridges Conference this summer (2019).

Joke added new increases to her piece (she slipped them in between existing increases, two beads inserted into one space in the peyote fabric) whenever she wanted to add more beads to her outside edge. In this way, she controlled the appearance of her ruffle, and made it more dramatically flared than a simple Hexagon Increase on 20-24 points can make. If you look carefully at my pink bangle above, you will see that I slipped a few extra into my edge too.

Joke Van Biesen HyperBangle

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4 comments on “Reinforcing, Sizing and Building up the Wave Section of the Exploding PodCast Set

  1. Lori
    October 20, 2019

    Is the printed pattern and final video posted somewhere? I’ve been following along but must have missed them and haven’t been successful searching. Thank you!

  2. Annie
    September 19, 2019

    Thank you so much. This was helpful info.

  3. Annie
    September 17, 2019

    I really enjoyed this wonderful project we are doing with you. I even learned a few things on my own by making a few mistakes that turned out to be another little gift instead of a mistake.(lol). One thing I would like if it is possible is something listed about detonation beads, spacers, and the beads you add just to let you know that you are adding a new thread and what to do with them after you finish your project – how to weave them in properly. I know this is something that we should know but it would be very helpful if there was a refresher sections in the new book. Thanks Kate for all you and your staff do for us. This beading process is something that is wonderful and amazing there are no justifcations of words you can really use to describe these awesome projects that your so graciously share with us they are just so awesome. Totally in awe and wow wow everytime you and your staff come up with something new and math related.

    • katemckinnon
      September 18, 2019

      Annie, to learn about the Exploding Round and Detonation points, may I refer you to the (free) technical section from CGB, Volume II? Here is a link. The technical sections from both books are here, but Vol II is what you want.

      The first thread that puts on any new section of work is removed completely when we Deconstruct, and what holds it together is that there is always a second thread that goes through the same beads when the next round is added to the work. So you totally cut out the whole first thread. It sounds nuts but it works just fine.

      This means that all threads with Detonation Points are waste thread too. There is nothing to weave in, sometimes a small one inch tail. What IS important is to reinforce the cut edge (because it only has one thread through it instead of the normal two).

      Either add another round, or needle up a new thread and just reinforce the edge, and your work will be ready to go.

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