I’ve discovered that almost any piece can be cast from almost any other peyote edged piece. It’s pretty amazing and a concept that has only begun to give up it’s potential. The CGB book blog has posts about pod-casting … check them out!
Casting models have been evolving over the last couple of years. We began with flat models and deconstructions then onto the winged casting pods and from there the simple hyperbolic loop and now the Jay Dee Triad Spine.
Casting from a Triad Spine
Today, I’d like to share a bit of how I cast basic hyper-loops and hyper-ropes from my Triad Spine string. I cast the following piece from an open-ended spine-string.
I used a small portion of the string and achieved a fairly long circle, roughly 15 inches, by adding more increases early. While a cast piece can be an linear rope, I want to illustrate how easy it is to connect the two ends of the new work in order to form a ring.
After taking the piece out to 19 or 20 rounds I played with seaming to create different shapes.
Then after zipping this piece into its final configuration, I used it to cast another spine. There’s a certain satisfaction in completing a full “chicken and egg” cycle.
My Triad Spine is essentially a core encircled by triads of beads. I think this triangular spine shape has tons of potential as a removable start or integrated base. It can be cast from the edges of any peyote piece.
To begin, stitch a simple peyote row or round to the desired length.
I stitched rows 2 and 3 as a single round, using Contemporary Geometric Beadwork’s Elegant Guide Round (EGR) techniqueI like EGR for locking in the stitches, but row 3 may also be stitched with peyote. The model would then consist of 3 rows of peyote, followed by a row of stitch in the ditch. Either way, it’s wise to reinforce the spine for use as a casting model.
The 4th and final row is Stitch in the Ditch.
The last step, after reinforcing, is to snip it from the mother.
My first spine was a ring but I find open-ended strings suit my needs better. And there you have it… a versatile casting model for peyote or RAW!
Casting from a Hyperpod
The next piece was cast on a hyper-pod. The hyper-pod grew out of the most marvelous meeting of minds, last July in Boston. The brilliant Claudia Furthner took my roundy-moundy hyperbolic progressions and tailored them to yield the delica hyper-pod.
I cast this next piece in a portion of a 12 point hyperpod.
These hyperbolic loop and rope progressions can form a spectrum of shapes. It depends simply on the number of beads, increases and how you choose to match-up points and the edges.
Magic happens when you experiment.