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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?

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Tamara Jumps Right Back on the Horse

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Tamara Spills Her Show Secrets

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