Friday, October 27, 2017

Octahedral Space Grid Sructure Beaded with Bugle Beads

This large beaded bead is composted of 48 tetrahedron and 36 octahedrons, all arranged into a large octahedral form. It has 8 large triangular holes and is very hollow. The design is based upon the work of J. Francois Gabriel, who wrote about the use of polyhedra in the architecture of high rise buildings.
This beaded object is composed of somewhere between 1300 and 1400 beads.
The beads include sparkling dark bronze bugle beads, and a variety of smaller beads. This beaded art object is very light and a bit fragile, but not so fragile that you can't hold it and play with it. If you drop it on carpet, it should survive the fall unscathed. All of the beads are made from glass. So don't step on it.
It measures about 3 inches across, making it too large for jewelry, but it would make a nice hanging ornament or a piece of jewelry for your computer for you to gaze at while you consider the state of the universe and everything in it.
I started weaving this piece a long while ago, longer than I'd like to admit. It sat half done in a box, for years. Recently, I picked it up, washed it off, and finally finished it. As much as I'm pleased it done, I doubt I will ever make another one without a good reason.
If you would like to have it, you can find it in my Etsy shop. Thanks for looking.

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