Monday, April 20, 2015
New octahedron piece
In that post I mentioned wanting to use this idea to make a piece that was something on the order of a tic-tac-toe grid. When I started to do it with the zigzagging rows of octs, I found that the intersecting rows weren't quite at right angles to one another. To get that, I really did need octs that had right angles between their faces, so using the same 20 mm beads on the non-waist edges, I really did need 27mm waist tubes.
It turns out the perfect solution was to use a 25mm tube with a #11 seed bead at each end. I wanted to use my anodised aluminum tubes instead of the gold filled ones, so that each chain of octs would have a different color, and I've found that with the aluminum tubes I'm pretty much always happier if I put a seed bead at each end of the tube. That's because the aluminum tubes are quite a bit fatter than the silver ones, and so the open hole at each end of the tube is unattractive. The addition of the seed beads solved both problems.