Casting Peyote Starts; and the Birth of the Triad Spine and Hyperpod

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!

Pod-Cast BeadALong Pattern

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.

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b03cast from spine 3

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) techniqueSpineCast02r2n3cropsnipI 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.

Bead fearlessly!


What’s the worst that can happen

This is my first thought when I read or hear another beader express an insecurity about beading without a pattern or trying a new form. And I hear it a lot. So let’s toe that shoreline

What the worst that can happen?

Will you waste materials?

The beauty of working in durable glass beads is that the very worst outcome is you tear-out or cut the piece apart.  The thread is trash but you have a lush pile of beads or bead-soup to re-use and re-use as many times as you like.  Such a wonderful thing!

Thread is one material that isn’t endlessly reusable and threads can be quite expensive. I do have a tip of offer when it comes to thread. Because beaders tend to be passionate in their thread preference, I hesitate to recommend a specific thread.  But I will urge you to invest in a 3-ounce cone (not the bobbins) of a thread like Nymo. I don’t use Nymo for everything but hear me out.  “Cone-Nymo” is a much higher quality than it’s bobbin-wound counterpart, it’s a pleasure to work it and there is freedom in having 2000+ yards of modestly priced thread with which to play and yes waste when necessary.  And by the way, I have nylon thread pieces that are a decade old that are holding up just fine.

Do I need to put a disclaimer here about crystals and other sharp-edged beads?  Yes those will cut through nylon thread.  Add thread-research to your to-do list.

Will you waste time?

In my opinion education is never a waste of time.  The only way to become consummate with your materials is to work with them.  I urge you to take what you read and learn from others and put it into practice  But don’t stop there.  Take it into experimental realms. Get into the habit of pushing each idea and technique just a bit further.  Every experiment expands your skill-set and creativity.

And failure?  Of course!  First of all don’t be fooled by social media beadwork pictures. Most of us don’t post the things we screw up and tear apart.  We post after we worked out the kinks.  And secondly, failure can lead to accidental discoveries, which in turn lead to innovation.

Make a friend of failure, it will be the greatest teacher you’ll ever have.

So the very worst that can happen is… nothing!

Dive in!

Take chances!

Bead fearlessly!


This was a toy I beaded a while back and I’d like to share with you.

Inspired by paper hexa-hexaflexagon models, I wondered how many faces I could achieve in a beaded model, while preserving it’s ability to cycle with some elegance.  Bulk being the limiting factor, I haven’t exceeded four, but four works pretty well.

Pinstripe is a favorite of mine


but Queen of Hearts was more challenging


If you’d like to make you own, here’s my basic tutorial



and if you’d like to see this in action … Beaded Flexagon in Motion

I look forward to seeing your work

Please enjoy and bead happy!

Winged Warps Blue Morpho Pattern

I beaded the blue Morpho in 2015 as a gift.  The vibrant colors of Blue Morpho butterflies are breathtaking and I endeavored to honor nature’s brilliance with this piece.


The pattern has been edited and tested by my wonderful group of editors and we think it’s ready to release…but please let me know if you find an error.  I offer the pattern free for personal use.  Terms of use apply.  All rights reserved

Please enjoy and share your experience with me.


As before, Amy Blevins kindly offered to assemble delica kits for this pattern in her etsy shop



Winged Warps Monarch Pattern

As a follow up to my previous post and with profound thanks for the help of many wonderful people, It’s time to release my Monarch into the wild.

I would very much like to hear from you, see your questions, comments and
I’m eager to see your beaded pieces.

And to make it easier to get started, Amy Blevins kindly offered to assemble delica kits for this pattern in her etsy shop

Happy beading!

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Winged Warps


The geometric Monarch is, to date, the most shared and pinned beadwork piece I’ve designed.  It’s this piece that convinced me to study the various skills needed to write a pattern and to begin the Winged Warps Series.  I’m not sure what I’ll do with the complete patterns/tutorials, but I’m happy to share the Monarch graph here.

This is free for personal use.  All rights reserved.