|experiments with Debby Zook's Beaded Bauble design|
Hope you've had a wonderful holiday this week. One more holiday to go!
icosidodecahedrahns to be precise. They're spheres made up of triangles and pentagons. Debby's design that she taught at the bead retreat used smaller bugle beads and had a 12mm bead in the center for stability, but I wanted to see what I could do working with some bugles from my stash without a central bead. Thought I'd share a peak at some of my experiments.
Had to go buy some Fireline for these experiments - Superlon just wasn't going to work, between the bugles and the crystals. Simply too many sharp edges. Finished off an entire spool of the crystal, and most of a spool of smoke. Most of these were sent off as Christmas presents, but a couple stayed here at home (mostly the early, slightly misshapen attempts - my tree is the home for all my Misfits like the sad little red one at the bottom).
Most of these were made with 6mm bugles. The two larger ornaments used transparent silver 8mm bugles - the color difference between the two is due to the thread, as they're both made with the same beads.
Then I decided to see if I could make the shape work (ie keep it from collapsing in on itself) with 12mm transparent crystal bugles.
|midpoint of large sphere, interior small sphere completed|
Once the red icosidodecahedran (try saying that three times fast!) was complete, I had to figure out how to suspend it inside the larger sphere.
|playing with possibilities|
|using stacked crystals to span the gap on either side|
|Finishing the crystal sphere - like building Superman's spaceship!|
|Adding the points|
|the stacked ornament, hanging on my tree! This one is MINE!|
Here's wishing everyone the very best of New Years! Thanks for your time, your attention, and your caring. And here’s to you reaching your goals in 2014.