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We’ve made a lot of different Cycles in the last five years, and everyone I know has their own preferences for joining. Some people use round beads, some cylinders, some people like to use single colours for increases, edges and joins, some people use working threads to add join beads, some of us finish our elements first… the list of options is fairly endless.
And just like ways to join, the shapes that you place in the cycle as your modules can really be anything you can stick a hinge to. Warped Nonagons (nine sides) make a cycle of their own, as shown in this piece by Sarah Toussaint:
This cycle from Joy Davison uses only hyperbolic loops. Joy brought these loops to our team and we ate them up. Hyperbolic edges and surfaces (and the shifting territory they describe) are entire fields of study in mathematics, physics and engineering, and when they crashed into our beadwork, they became the foundation of all of our Geometric Captures. To see them here as a cycle was excellent, just looking as tame as if they were not the most disruptive forms in the Universe.
So in this spirit of discovery, when you are doing the BatCycle demo (find the first pattern download here) think of what else you could substitute in place of Warped Hexes, or even instead of the Triangle caps. The spaces that take the triangles are so flexible, really, that even circles could be inserted (and certainly other warped forms, lids, scenes…)
For those of you following the pattern, this is where I am at on my beadalong elements. I’ve finished the two first Warped Hexes and the two first Triangles, and I am about to join the hexes in the middle, and then the Triangles at the bottom.
There are a TON of choices here. I’ll be taking video of how I join, and also how to rotate the hexes of they are not oriented as you like them. See you later.
If you want to enlarge the elements or add a colour edging, now is a great time to do it – they need to be connected with join beads anyway, so thread will be coming in. For my first demo, I edged every element with sparkly hex beads (the same ones I used for my increases, DB23c) to bring them all up to 12 rounds, and then joined them with shiny golden rounds, but for this one, I am just going to use tiny size 15/o Delica cylinders to join and leave the pieces at 11 rounds.
Note that the valley folds (the folded legs of the Warped Hexagons) are next to the planned center seam of the hexes. See the green dots to find these folds. For the first Triangle joins, it is easiest to make sure that these folds are adjacent to the center seam, and not opposite the seam.
Another thing I intend to do today is to tack my second set of triangles into the demo I made, and do a video of the new rotation. It will be fun to see it crystallize into a ‘final’ form.
Please drop your questions about the beadalong into these comments, for quickest answers.
Batcycle architecture/discovery, Claudia Furthner, 2017, demo Kate McKinnon 2021