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  • A Natural Pattern

    I'm new to beading, but not patterns, so what I'm hoping to share here may already be common knowledge, but I won't know unless I say!

    I've always liked some of the patterns in nature like fern leaves and Romanesque Broccoli:




    and sunflower seeds:




    So I've thrown together a web page that will draw some patterns like this:



    Which I hope can be reproduced in bead-work, from looking at the pattern, or a printout if I add a print facility.
    I already have some ideas for improving it, but ought to wait until I know there is any interest before investing more time!

    To see the patterns, go to http://homepage.ntlworld.com/underst...iral/index.htm and wave your mouse around the top left of the white page. Once the program is ready, you should see a selection of patterns which are coarse when your mouse is away from the centre and get finer as you approach the centre.

    I have issues with the strings at the centre at the moment - I think I should be able to get a better shape with the beads all touching and the strings coming together. At the moment it looks like you'll have to have a disc of material to support the centre, but I don't know bead-work tricks: there may be obvious ways to reproduce this already.

    The pattern only looks good once you have over 200 beads on my page, but I made a light using 55 LEDs in this pattern and in real life it still looks interesting (I'd attach a photo, but have lent it to someone - I'll edit when I get it back)!



    I've also made software to do this in three dimensions (like dimples on a golf-ball) but don't know how to draw it in a way that is easy to copy to real-life (the back beads and wires show between the front beads and wires and make it very difficult to see what is what). Again, I won't put more work in unless there's a need: It's quite possible that the flat version I've made can bend into a dome anyway, and two could be put together to make a ball:

    If any geeky folk with more time than me would like the source code to make more of the project, I have no problem sharing it (the algorithm is complex but small, the development would be user interface things).
    Last edited by RhinosoRoss; 01-12-2008, 05:05 PM. Reason: Dome and golf ball pictures added
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    I like it a lot!
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    • #3
      I was looking at some photos of that exact type of broccoli in a black and white photography magazine only a couple of days ago. I love natural patterns like that, I studied loads of similar examples at Uni.
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      • #4
        Y'know, if you hadn't told me, I would've thought that broccoli was some kind of tropical plant. It's beautiful - why does mine never look like that, just green and barely edible?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by RhinosoRoss View Post
          To see the patterns, go to http://homepage.ntlworld.com/underst...iral/index.htm and wave your mouse around the top left of the white page. Once the program is ready, you should see a selection of patterns which are coarse when your mouse is away from the centre and get finer as you approach the centre.
          Now that is impressive !
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          • #6
            Wow ! very nice. It reminds me of Fractals. xxx


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            • #7
              Have tried the link but get a blank square with an "x" in top left corner. Would be interested to see it tho'.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by onlyme View Post
                Y'know, if you hadn't told me, I would've thought that broccoli was some kind of tropical plant. It's beautiful - why does mine never look like that, just green and barely edible?

                LOL - we get it from a door-to-door organic veg-pack seller. It's more like cauliflower than broccoli but has a slightly nutty taste and my family like it best raw: we put it in the middle of the table and pull bits off.

                I keep meaning to try that chef's trick with cauliflower on the RB where they slam the whole cauliflower down onto their bench to shove the stem up into the 'brain' and get the whole head to explode into separate branches in one go!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by janetdc View Post
                  Have tried the link but get a blank square with an "x" in top left corner. Would be interested to see it tho'.
                  It requires java to be enabled (it's a java application or add-on for your browser). You're not missing much beyond the example image: it just draws different amounts of beads.
                  If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

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                  • #10
                    OK that's great will give that a whirl.
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                    • #11
                      very interesting ....i'm impressed
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                      • #12
                        they are very pretty, flowers will never out of date becuase freash ideas always come out of your mind.
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                        • #13
                          I've been looking on the web to see if anyone has made any beady things using this sort of pattern, but most things seem to be simple grids or hexagonal layout. Has anyone else made anything or seen anything like this done?

                          I've been thinking of making something myself over Christmas using this pattern: perhaps buying a pottery vase/urn and covering it in a skin of hوmatite beads that would lie like pine-cone... flaps... (it was hard enough figuring out how to spell hوmatite, and now I realise I also don't know the anatomy of a pine cone).

                          Looking at the flat pattern, it would seem easiest if I could get beads with two perpendicular holes... If I look up 'two hole beads' on google, they're always parallel holes.
                          So assuming there's no such thing, my next best plan is to have the hole coming away from the crossed threads vertically so that both the threads on the cross go up the big beads hole, then through a tiny bead that is just big enough not to fit into the big beads hole and back to where they came from...
                          That will mean a bit of wire is visible and it won't look so neat with little beads on big beads, and the extra expense of the little beads.

                          Perhaps I shouldn't be putting the beads where the crosses are on the pattern, but where the crosses aren't! I'll try that first...

                          If anyone has any experience that could save me some time I'd be grateful! Something like, " 'ere there be monsters", would do it...
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                          • #14
                            something along these lines? http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...3DK0l%26sa%3DN
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by goldy1 View Post
                              Yes! I had exactly that shape of vase/urn in mind, but much bigger beads and not in a grid-like pattern.

                              This one from your search looks less grid-like:
                              http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2865621915/

                              I'm starting to think that 'flakes' rather than beads might be easier (like pine cone flaps) perhaps stitched to a leather backing like roof-tiles are nailed...
                              Last edited by RhinosoRoss; 29-11-2008, 09:06 AM.
                              If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

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