I created lacy beaded sculpture with glass seed beads, all woven
together to resemble a double helix of DNA in the form of a tetrahedron.
You might wonder why I would bead such a thing. Well, it so happens that this structure is studied in nanotechnology and nanofabrication.
Scientists have actually built structures like this that are less than 10
nanometers on a side, and they can self-assemble in seconds!
Here is a drawing of a similar DNA tetrahedron by Antony-22.
strands of DNA meet at each corner of the tetrahedron. In my beaded version, each edge of the
tetrahedron is a 15 base pair DNA double helix (Antony's drawing shows 20). Like Antony's drawing, the 4 DNA strands that
form the 4 tetrahedral faces are color coded; mine are in red, green, gold and purple. The beadwork is stiff yet
very flexible, and shows a variety of moods when posed. You can even squish it flat shown below, where one point of the tetrahedron is twisted and everything fits together into the opposite face.
It's hard to measure precisely how large it is, but it's about 3 inches (9 cm) across. This
is original art. This is also an educational model. Think of it as a
tactile mind game, a little bit of sparkle to entertain your brain. Want it? This piece is for sale. Click the photos to see the listing.