Saturday, June 22, 2013
I knew, although I hadn't thought about it too much, that there are 2 different ways to make a tube out of hexagons. They can be aligned either point-top or flat-top. That is when the tube itself is pointing up and down the hexagons in it can either have a flat side up or a point (vertex). The one on the left is made of flat-top hexes. This is a bit counterintuitive, as they look pointy at the top. In just the same way, when you do RAW, a "square" (4 bead circle) made with round beads actually looks more like a diamond than a square, and you have to remind yourself to think only of the thread path, which is indeed a square.
Anyway, if you do a flat-top tube the beads appear to align lengthwise and accentuate the squareness of the tube (in both cases the tubes were made with a 4-hex circumference) and the hardness of the angles. So I decided to try to create a similar shape using point-top hexagons. With point-top hexagons you get the appearance of rows of beads aligning around the circumference of the tube. As I expected, I couldn't get as tight a bend at the top (I'm sure there's a way; I just haven't found it yet), but I got a much rounder tube and a more fluid, organic shape. All in all, more what I was looking for.