a stunning orb of crystals!
The word "orb" describes a sphere or a globe and comes from
the Latin word orbis, which means circle or disc.
While "sphere" or "ball" describes the same round geometric
structure, Orbs are fanciful, poetic, or fantastical in
nature. Orbs of all kinds feature in both classical and
contemporary art, from ancient depictions of planetary
bodies, to royal regalia, to sought after symbols in virtual
games. While still spherical, this particular orb has an
underlying geometric structure of a dodecahedron, joining
its fantastical radiance to solid mathematics.
This piece features a
dozen rivoli crystals surrounded by shimmering flat back
crystals, all joined together using the geometry of a
dodecahedron. You'll use a combination of peyote and
right-angle weave to stitch the rivolis into place, and then
you'll use additional variations on peyote to decorate the
pendant with the flat back crystals. The Orb is stunning on
its own as an objet d'art, or you can add a matching bail to
wear it as a pendant. The smaller crystals also decorate its
matching beaded chain, which you'll weave using cubic
right-angle weave (CRAW) and double cubic right-angle weave
(DCRAW). This class is appropriate for
students who are already proficient in CRAW and who would
like to explore the geometry of a dodecahedron.