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Basket Illusion
Jan 10th, 2018 at 8:09am
 
This is made from maple, stands 11 inches tall and has over 30,000 separately colored beads. It’s in the style of a rainforest basket.
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Reply #1 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 9:15am
 
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Reply #2 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 12:44pm
 
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Reply #3 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 4:11pm
 
After watching a vid on how this is done, all I can say is WOW!
Very nicely performed.

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Reply #4 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 5:24pm
 
Very nice.  Do you have nightmares thinking about coloring all those beads?
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Reply #5 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 8:28pm
 
Wonderful.
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Reply #6 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 1:41pm
 
Truly awesome Ben!
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Reply #7 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 8:01pm
 
That is super cool.  I have been admiring that style of work lately but am a bit intimidated by it.  How are you making your axial (vertical) grooves in the piece?  Are you using a beading tool in the other direction?  Are you using software to confirm your design?  So many questions.  Your work is admirable!
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Reply #8 - Apr 2nd, 2018 at 6:32pm
 
Jenny Trice wrote on Mar 28th, 2018 at 8:01pm:
How are you making your axial (vertical) grooves in the piece?  Are you using a beading tool in the other direction?  Are you using software to confirm your design?


Thanks Jenny, first you have to be a little crazy to make these but they are fun and have unlimited design abilities. I use a D-way beading tool for the beads and I designed a special tool to apply the vertical burns which you can see in this youtube video Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register. I use Adobe Illustrator to make all my designs but just because I find it easier to make corrections or changes quickly rather than using graph paper.
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Reply #9 - Apr 3rd, 2018 at 9:44am
 
Very nice work Ben!
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Reply #10 - Jul 29th, 2018 at 1:45pm
 
Hi, Ben This something I would like to try and am looking at ordering a beading tool from D way. There are several different bead size options. With your experience what size beads do you prefer in your pieces and would one be better than another for someone to begin with? Thanks.
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Reply #11 - Jul 29th, 2018 at 5:37pm
 
I watched your video Ben and trying to understand the horizontal (in the lathe) cuts and how the sliding along of the burning tool allows for the change in diameter of the basket?? Are the lines all parallel and the beads all the same width? Or does the platform your sliding on actually have a shape to it??
Beautiful work. First I have to learn to turn a hollow shape!! Tongue
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Reply #12 - Jul 30th, 2018 at 6:30am
 
Rob Grindler wrote on Jul 29th, 2018 at 1:45pm:
what size beads do you prefer in your pieces and would one be better than another for someone to begin with?

Rob,
I have the whole set and d-way is without a doubt the best. I hardly ever use the 1/4 inch, I find the beads a little to big for a good design. I would say that unless you are a bit crazy (like me) you would probably use the 3/16 the most. It can give you a nice design without making to big of a vessel. I however use the 1/8 and 1/16 the most because it can give you the most beautiful and crazy designs. The vessel shown on this page is only 11 inches tall and there are over 30,000 beads that need to be colored. The deep floral design I  posted earlier has over 70,000 beads. Unless your really crazy or really into Basket Illusions I doubt your going to want to take on that much work.
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Reply #13 - Jul 30th, 2018 at 6:36am
 
George Stratton wrote on Jul 29th, 2018 at 5:37pm:
trying to understand the horizontal (in the lathe) cuts and how the sliding along of the burning tool allows for the change in diameter of the basket?? Are the lines all parallel and the beads all the same width? Or does the platform your sliding on actually have a shape to it??


George,
The tool I use is pictured here. The top piece is a threaded guide that I can screw in or out to change the depth the bit (burn) makes. I simply run the guide over the beads and around the shape of the vessel and it keeps the depth consistent throughout.
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Reply #14 - Jul 30th, 2018 at 12:06pm
 
Thanks Ben. I gave it more thought and remembered you are rotating the part for each row and the tool is always on center. Beautiful.
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