CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK

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

Another example of joins for the BatCycle

As I bead in the BeadAlong with all of you, I am experimenting myself, as this is the first time I have used the itty-bitty Delica 15/o beads for joining. I am in love with their tiny size and huge holes. What technology!

For this example, I am going to join the backs of the Warped Hexes as well as the front. This choice takes away some views of the cycle parts as they turn, but it also makes the units much easier to understand and handle, and is a good choice for BatCycle beginners.

Have a peek – I am just beginning to lay out the photos, but I know many are eager to see. I beaded these elements to 11 beads per side, for a slightly smaller (and quicker) build than the 12 beads per side I made the first demo with. I used same-colour Delica 11/o beads to join the two colour quadrants of the Warped Hexes, and the little Delica 15/0 cylinders to join the Triangles.

More soon, and we will have another session online this Saturday to answer questions and help.

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better.

6 comments on “Another example of joins for the BatCycle

  1. Marcia Kamenoff
    May 29, 2021

    Is the batcycle beadalong on you tube?

    • katemckinnon
      June 11, 2021

      No, I am sorry, not yet, but it will be. We are all in finishing up for the press right now… it’s a dicey time to get work done. We plan to shoot all new videos for the techniques, short, sweet, and in a coherent grouping. Soon!

  2. jinx6393
    May 6, 2021

    Thanks for all the great materials. How hard it is to teach 3d shapes with words and pictures. That last picture brought it all together for me! I’ve been following batcycles for years and that picture was the missing piece – ya never know what will make it click – wish I could tell everyone struggling to just keep reviewing all the materials until something clicks. The vid with 5min of cycling batcycle was key also – played at half speed

    • katemckinnon
      May 8, 2021

      I think you will really like the Butterfly Join, as it is the easiest of all to lay out the elements, be sure they are correct, and add the hinges to the sides. Once those assemblies are folded up, the cycle is a snap to join. I will be discussing it today.

  3. Pat Whipple
    May 6, 2021

    What time is your class on Saturday? I really appreciate showing these steps!

  4. Paulette Mazurek
    May 5, 2021

    Thank you Kate and really enjoyed Saturday Kick-off for the BatCycles Event!!
    Paulette

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