Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Whose Got Balls?

Okay, I've been telling myself I wouldn't blog about anything else until I got this project done. Fail. Big time. BUT, it's almost done! Does that count? Anyway........this is a picture of six pachinko balls that have been beaded and then attached:

My adviser, Suguru Hiraide, gave me a handful of the little steel balls and told me to make something with them. So I did and returned for more. I started this sculpture? sphere? thingamawhitchit? last July and just yesterday started to work on the finishing stages. I had planned to enter it in the British Bead Awards and dramatically missed the deadline. Seems like I'll make it this time.

Geometric beadwork and I don't get along very well. AT ALL!!! That's why it takes me way too long to finish something that is strictly structured. Kudos go out to all of you who are well known for geometric beadwork. You are wonders. I absolutely love math, but my patience level wears out after a while. Here's the first half of my sphere:

And the second half:

Both halves are visible here. I had a golf ball supporting the structure, but I need something bigger to make it appear round. I'm thinking a stress ball would work perfectly and be very fitting.......

Right now, all I see is an amorphous blob.

It opens its gaping maw........hungry...........

This is as far as I've gotten. It's not finished yet, but will be a spectacular paper weight whenever I do finish it. *sigh* I just don't have it in me. What are your thoughts?

Tune in next time for:

Tamara Jumps Right Back on the Horse


Tamara Spills Her Show Secrets


  1. Thanks Caryn! Maybe you can send some good vibes my way so I can finish this thing. I've only managed to make two more connections. Still...not...finished.

  2. this will be stunning when it's completed. i must be different from you, as i adore geometric beadwork. i live by regular patterns. randomness and unpredictability frighten and repulse me. so, i really, REALLY appreciate your endeavor here. i ENTHUSIASTICALLY look forward to seeing this completed.

    (PS- you led me here via the OTTBS facebook page :D just as a reminder (i often need them when hopping from one platform to another :D )

  3. Thanks for the support, Jet! However, it's still not finished. You'll be the first to see it if it is. What I would really like to see done is my loomed version of Starry Night. *six years + since I started it*