This beaded bead has a really long, and very descriptive name. The weaving technique is Infinity Weave. I use this name for the weave because there are an infinite number of polyhedra that can be realized with Infinity Weave. The mathematical shape of this particular beaded bead is a truncated rhombic dodecahedron. I think of it first in terms of its symmetry, which is that of a cube (or octahedron). I imagine that on each face of the cube, there is a smaller square. This beaded bead has 6 squares holes just like this:
The shape is further modified by replacing each edge of the cube with a hexagon. Since a cube has 12 edges, so does this beaded bead have 12 hexagons. In the photo below, see how the hole in the center has six sides? That's the hexagon.
|Square Face of the Truncated Rhombic Dodecahedron|