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Kalideocycle 2

About this design:

Ok - I gave away my first kalideocycle so I decided to make another.
From wikipedia -
"History -
Wallace Walker coined the word kaleidocycle in the 1950s from the Greek kalos (beautiful), eidos (form), and kyklos (ring). In 1977 Doris Schattschneider and Wallace Walker published a book about them using M.C. Escher patterns."
It is made of six tetrahydra (4 sided pyramids). It can be continuously twisted in either direction (towards the center or away. There are 8 different faces. I set the kalideocycle in a glass to make all of the faces visible. The first 3 photos are from the side. I learned this from Kate McKinnon at Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. If you'd like to see a kalideocycle in action it's on youtube. It's a lean mean beaded machine. So fun to play with.


11/0 seed beads - Toho, Delicas, and round

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  1. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    There are 4 more sides.

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  2. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    The last 2.

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  3. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    This so cool! It reminds me of when I was kid we folded paper like that and had a word on each inside paper and you moved it around with your fingers- do you remember that…anyway, this awesome/ I can imagine it’s hard to do! I love the colors you chose!

  4. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I remember the folder paper ones. We wrote a “fortune” on the very inside and a number on the flap over it. We definitely had fun with those. BLE, this is beyond exquisite! It should create many conversations for sure.

  5. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    This is so cool. I also immediately thought of those paper folded things we made as kids with words inside. It’s like a trip down memory lane, LOL. The amount of skill it must take to do this geometric beading is amazing. So, where are you going to display this beauty?

  6. Midge S
    Midge S says:

    These are fantastic!!

  7. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Too awesome for words!! You amaze me with what you can do with your beadwork.

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    They sure are dandy. I love all of the colors and shapes but I have one question… What do you feed them?

  9. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    This is SO COOL! I’ve seen these before in paper or fabric, but it’s even more awesome in beads! Beautiful, sophisticated & fun choices of patterns & colors for the various faces. I’m eager to try making one myself– they look terrifically fun to play with & would make a great gift, but I wouldn’t know where to begin, or have the patience to finish!

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    Melody F says:

    You do amaz8ng beadwork!

  11. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Hahahahaha…. So Funny everyone. Yes, it does look like one of those little paper thingies that you put your thumb and pointy fingers in. It’s made by making 24 triangles and connecting them together to make 6 tetrahedrons. Then come the hinges.
    Fortunately they don’t eat much.
    Thanks to all.

  12. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    KR – I just keep it in a little bag and play with it once in a while.

  13. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Liz- This one took me 4 days to make. It’s hard to find a tutorial. There are different ways to join the triangles before folding. I prefer the circle method. You make 3 circles with 18 matching triangles – sew the hinges on the sides -then fold the circles and add the 4th side to the openings. Thread gets caught on everything. Check out Contemporary Geometric Beadwork – both the site and youtube.

  14. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Wow….speechless! What an exceptional conversation piece that is fun to play with too! I wish my seed beads could ‘morph’ into such delightful & pleasurable designs. How gratifying to create beautiful work as you do. :)

  15. kye
    kye says:

    Wow! Your talent is amazing. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  16. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks so much.

  17. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Four days for YOU to make! Translate that to a month or more for me! Maybe in 20 years when I can retire, God willing I live that long, my eyesight hasn’t failed me, and my essential tremors haven’t progressed like my father’s. I’m hoping in 20 years there will be a better treatment to steady my hands & head when I get that bad.
    Perhaps I’d best commission you to make another one for me?

  18. Petunia
    Petunia says:

    Wow, it’s fun, bold, quirky, and It brings-about fond Childhood memories…..I LOVE it! ❤️

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