Kaliedocycle

This post is going to be full of eye candy, so if you’ve a mind to skip something so image rich, please do so now.

For some time the beading world has been taken with kaliedocycles.  I first came across them through the great photography and design descriptions over on Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. Beady sculptures containing energy and a basis in science…where did this come from?

What is a kaliedocycle?  Good question.  What they remind me of are those folded paper puzzles we used to make in grade school, where each face had a name or number on it, and you’d generate sentences or find answer to questions or any number of things.  Anyone remember those?  I think they were called fortune tellers or chatterboxes.  So, a kaliedocycle is sort of like that, except with beads; tetrahedra that fold and bend.

The colored faces and engineering intrigued me.  So, of course, I had to try it.




This cycle was made with 10º delicas. The standard is to make them with 11s or 15s, but I wanted something a little larger.  I think it’s 9 beads on a side for each triangle, then they’re joined (the little white beads) and hinged.  The whole piece is about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

The fact that there are joins as well as hinges took my old brain a while to decipher.  Thankfully Kate McKinnon provided some wonderful videos on how it all works.

Now that it’s all done, I find I’m a bit disappointed.  While the whole structure moves, it feels floppy in the hand, not substantial as I thought it would.  Could be because I used larger beads, or because I made larger triangles, or both.

I have a mind to try again with smaller beads or smaller triangles, but that’s a project for the future.  For now, we stare at each other going “Hmmmmm.”

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Soleil

With the onset of warm weather, I’ve found my color palette has shifted in the same direction.  Orange. Yellow.  Red.  White.  The colors of summer.

The central cabochon of this brooch is dichroic glass.  What doesn’t show in the picture is a sparkle of gold, like marbled veins throughout.

The rest of the brooch is embroidered with various beads – two-holed triangles and diamonds, seed beads of differing sizes, and a few crystals thrown in, just because I could.

The back is as usual, faux leather and a pin finding.

Revers

img_4281After all the effort (pleasurable effort, but effort none the less) that went into Salacia, I had to take a break and do something simpler.  More fun too!  With larger beads!

Revers is a reversible herringbone bracelet stitched with size 8 Toho triangles.  Toho triangles have sharper points than Miyuki triangles.

Herringbone stitch creates a flexible and slinky band which is a joy to wear.  Sensual and stylish.

There’s an option for a mostly cream bracelet with teal peeking through, or teal with cream peaks.  Your choice!

Lava

IMG_3367Red Hot lava poking through a band of chrome triangles.   Bracelet fit for a firebrand!

More new bead shapes, or better yet, how about triangles galore?  There are two different types of triangles in this piece, does anyone know which is the new shape?  Yup, the lava-colored ones on top.  They were introduced the same time as O beads were.

I must have been feeling very angular when I made this – all those triangles, the new, the old, the young, the aged.  I digress.

The overall construction is one readers are familiar with: an odd count peyote band stitched from Toho traingles, with the D-ring strap made from 11º Delicas, the whole embellished with tiny flat matte triangles.  (Try saying that three times fast:  flat matte triangles).

Serendipity played a part as well.  The Delicas and tiny triangles are almost the same color, but were acquired years apart, and are manufactured by different companies.  Who knew!

Stumped

IMG_2587I am stumped.  I have no idea what to call this piece.

It’s another triangulation, stitched with a combination of herringbone and peyote.  The beads are a mix of delicas, crystals and drops.  It can be worn as a brooch (there’s a pin back) or as a necklace – that’s the gold loops showing at the top.  Very versatile.  Very bright.  Very…confusing.

Rather than leave it un-posted until my wracked brain comes up with a name, I thought it might be fun to involve the greater Blog-o-sphere community.  So, it’s time for a little reader participation.

What should this piece be called?
Leave a comment!
Tell me it’s name!

7/4/2014: First off, a huge thank you to everyone who suggested a name for this piece.  I liked them all, which made it a difficult choice.  In the end, the winning name is a combination – I now present to you:

Sun Drops

Pearled Posts

IMG_2581More Triangles!

This set is a pair of earings with post backs, and a brooch.  If one wanted to turn the brooch into an necklace, it could be pinned onto a ribbon or a satin cord of some sort.  Simple enough to do.

In my mind, the colors are both demure and vibrant.  Interesting combination to have in the same piece.  Not sure how that happened, but there you go!

The center pearls are glass, rather than actual nacre.  I suppose I could have used real pearls, but they always seem rather delicate to me – be careful with detergents, oils, make-up, etc.  I much prefer a no-fuss no-muss direction in my beadwork.  That just makes life so much simpler.

Checkerboard Whimsy

IMG_2601Another in the series of triangle sets; necklace and earrings.  This time in a blue, lavender and lime green mix.  Like the previous sets, these are Delica beads created with a mix of peyote and herringbone stitches.

I like the checkerboard on the ribs.  Adds a bit of whimsy, don’t you think?

No checkerboard on the earrings.  I tried that, but they are too small (about the size of a quarter).  Looked too muddy.  Lever back ear wires, so no chance of loss while wearing.  The pendant is strung on a cable with magnetic clasp.