This week I did something with these Delica Dodecahedrons. I didn't literally make them into anything as they are great little beaded works of art on their own, instead I examined my best way* to do them and made a mini tutorial!
I didn't stray much from the rainbow colors, I just moved on to Luminous Delicas as my choice of beads :)
To make this Delica Dodecahedron it will take 6 colors of Delicas and 12 components. I like to zip each new component to the last one made, but all 12 could be made first then attached together- beader's choice!
Pick up 10 of the first color beads (purple). These 10 will make up the first two rows. Make a circle out of the beads, skipping every other one to make an inner and outer row. End by stepping up through a bead that is on the outside.
It should look like a little star when tightened up.
Add two beads in the next color (pink) all the way around, stepping up and exiting between the first beads added in this round.
Add one bead in the same color (pink) as the last round between all the beads of the last round. Finish this round by stepping up and exiting through the first bead added in this round.
Add one bead of the next color (peachy) through all the beads of the last round. Step up through the first bead added in this round to get ready for the next round.
Add one bead and sets two beads of the same color (peachy) from the last round. Continue all the way around stepping up and exiting the first bead added in this round.
With tight tension at this point the component will start to have a little bit of a curve similar to a fingertip.
Add one bead of the next color (yellow) between the beads of the last round. End the round by stepping up through the first bead added in this round.
Add one bead of the same color as the last round (yellow) between all the beads of the last round. Step up through the first bead from this round.
Add one bead of the next color (green) between the beads from the last round. It will start to look like a little cap or beginning of a tube at this point since there were no sets of two added.
If this is the first component add another round of beads in the last color (blue) between the beads of the last (green) round. [this step not pictured but is exactly like the last round except with blue beads]
After making two components start attaching them together by "zipping" them up where the blue beads meet the green beads.
Finish each additional component by adding blue beads around the unattached sides so it is ready for a new component to be attached to it.
When done there will be a total of 12 components attached together forming a sturdy hollow Delica Dodecahedron. Tight tension is the key to make sure it isn't squishy.
Here are a couple of other shots I got- you might see them on Instagram if you follow me @bethclarkart :) The first shot is one of it glowing under blacklight- all luminous Delicas glow under blacklights! The middle is a shot of the inside of the piece before it was finished and the last shot is straight on with a view right through it!
Next week I am going to "do something" by finishing something! I have a few UFO's.... some I have done and blogged about...Beady honesty - remember this really cool spiral rope with the vintage "chilli" like beads?
It is totally unfinished. It is so simple to make- fun even- and I never finished it. Complete honesty, it was never finished because I was sick and didn't feel well enough to do it. I don't want to bum out my beads by discussing the specifics of my woes with the whole internet, but let's just say I feel much better now and will be finishing this with no problem! I am not sure if it is going to be a really long continuous necklace or if it will be a clasped one- check out next weeks blog to find out!
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Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth