Saturday, December 10, 2016
New scaffold with gold
But a while ago my favorite blog, (thebeadedmolecules.blogspot.com) showed a picture of the 8 possible convex deltahedrons ( ie convex shapes made exclusively from equilateral triangles) and one of them was essentially my 5 tet circle but without a hub tube at the center. That got me thinking, and in the new piece I left out some of the hubs where I could. Just leaving out 5 tubes made it fit together much better.
The other change I made was where the necklace curves around your neck at the back. You can take a tetrahelix and go off in a new direction that's about a 30 or 40 degree change (I've never measured it). I did 2 such jogs in the bottom piece to get to the clasp. It's fine, but I wasn't entirely happy with the sharpish corners that stick out. So in the new piece I made the tetrahelix curve by simply shortening the inside tubes, and it makes a smoother finish.
I'm really enjoying working with gold tubes. I think the contrast with the dark silver accentuates the geometry nicely. What I have to be careful about, though, is that the high cost of the gold tubing has a tendency to make me more conservative about what I make.Starting out, most of my gold pieces, like this one, are variations on designs that I already know I like. But if it works, I'm sure I'll get braver.