I'm very excited about today's guest blogger, Cindy Holsclaw. Cindy's background in science (she has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) allows her to express her unique vision of art and science. Looking at her intricate beaded beads reminds me that the world is indeed composed of tiny, beautiful molecules. Read on to find out how Cindy uses mathematics and molecules to inspire her fantastic beaded bead designs!

As a self-professed math and science geek, I'm completely fascinated by works of art based on geometry. Before I was a beader, I was an avid folder of geometric origami. So, when I discovered that beads can be woven into the same geometric forms that I was so fond of folding, I was immediately hooked on geometric beaded beads!

Many of my beaded beads are based on a group of three-dimensional shapes called polyhedra. Some examples of polyhedra are simple forms such as the cube and the prisms, to more complicated structures such as the 12-sided "dodecahedron" and the soccer ball-shaped "truncated icosahedron." Some collections of designs use the same types of beads and stitches, but are based on different polyhedra for different yet matching sets of beaded beads. Alternatively, a flat design such as a bracelet made up of square-shaped components can be adapted into a polyhedron design such as matching cubed-shaped beaded bead earrings. Dodecahedron-based designs are particularly pleasing, and are an excellent choice for focal pendants.

Even though these beaded beads are based on defined principles of mathematics, different polyhedra can combine with many different kinds of embellishments for a variety of styles. A dodecahedron with a curved embellishment will end up looking round, while a pointed embellishment will turn it into a 3D star! I love incorporating new and interesting shapes of seed beads and pressed glass beads into my designs. Combined with the infinite number of polyhedra, the possibilities are endless!

Part of the beauty of beaded beads is that you don't need to make up dozens of them in order to create a stunning piece of beaded jewelry. Just one single beaded bead makes a fabulous pendant, or a pair of beaded beads makes a fantastic pair of earrings!