1st - Infinity weave Dodecahedron are done with a single needle! 2nd - They have a layer of embellishment! I was in trouble!
Now I had to rethink the whole process. I had to shut out the method I had learned, could do in my sleep and learn to make this beaded bead with one needle. The visualization and execution of this bead took some getting used to! Never mind that I loved the original beaded beads, I always wanted to figure out how to get more beads on each edge. BUT I never had the patience to sit and figure it out. Apparently Gwen and Florence did! Thank heavens! I think they have devised a way to get paid for figuring out bead patterns, so that they can then print them and sell them and get paid for them again. Now you do the math! Clever ladies!
So I decided that I would follow the Infinity Dodecahedron pattern's step by step process and make myself completely comfortable with it. The simple dodecahedron was fairly easy, since I knew what the finished piece would be and generally how it would work up. The Infinity version adds a new dimension and solved the riddle behind having more beads on each side in the shape! Gwen and Florence very wisely suggest you work with the largest size beads first and I did. I made all three sizes of regular Infinity Dodecahedron before I started experimenting with other beads. I wanted be totally confident with how to make them before I moved on to putting them into my own creation.
Here are my samples:
Okay, so far so good. Now, as in the past, what to do with them??? (story time begins) My husband and I travelled to his home town, Dodge, in Wisconsin for deer hunting season and Thanksgiving with his family this year. Yes, I went deer hunting. Todd, my husband, was successful, sadly I was not. Maybe next year. Well, back to the original story... Monday night before Thanksgiving I was drifting off to sleep thinking about this design challenge and wondering what could I do differently? How could I connect them together in a new and different way? I wanted to link them together, but how? I'm a seed bead snob and shun using metal findings when I can. So I wanted a seed bead solution, or at least not metal finding one.
(I did not want to "find" a metal finding that would solve my design dilemma....ack!)
O-rings came to mind. But what kind of o-rings? I was driving to Minneapolis the next morning to visit a friend and go to Bobby Bead. I also planned to visit Beth Kraft's store Nordic Gypsy in Rochester. Oh! And then it came to me! I had taken a class with Beth when she came to The Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild this year. She brought lots of lovely unique items from her store to share with us! I remembered that she had these wonderful rubbery o-rings in lots of colors! Oh boy, now I knew how I would connect the dodecahedron together! Almost! I also knew that I wanted to use the Infinity Donut as the loop part of a toggle. ONWARD!!
Before I could join the dodecahedrons together with o-rings I had to figure out where in the process to add the rings. So with the pattern in front of me and a dodecahedron without the embellishment layer in front of me, I mapped out my plan. The first o-ring is added on the very first round of beads (1-5). That was easy enough. The hard part comes later. Where to add the second ring....turns out the ring must go around bead 21. When you have the pattern and know the steps it all makes sense. Properly executed this places o-rings on edges exactly opposite each other in the same orientation.
So here you see my design realized!!
This is a Russian Spiral embellished with dyed jade 4mm rounds. This is growing into a long necklace or perhaps a lariat with multiple Infinity Dodecahedron . However, I am no where near through playing with these two patterns. There are many more ideas floating around in my head about these little darlin's! Remember those sample beads? There are some other bead combinations I want to try out and oh...the possibilities are endless!
Hope you enjoyed my rant on Infinity Dodecahedrons!