So, I started the next Gridlock-Tubular bangle bracelet soon after finishing the one in my previous post:
As I contemplated how I was going to approach this complexity, I decided to make a simpler project. Personally, I love simple projects. They are quick to make and I get a boost from completion. They help me to contemplate more complex problems as they do not require my concentration. Simple projects take just enough of my "monkey brain" to keep it busy while I "incubate" a dilemma.
I decided to finally try putting a "cage" around a large stone bead. I went for the simplest rendition I have seen in my internet wanderings, as I interpreted it. Voila!
I don't know why I haven't thought of making a block like this before! It seems so obvious to me now. It worked so well! Since styro-foam won't hold up through repeated use, I have cut a bar from one of my small work boards (of very dense foam rubber) and covered it with t-shirt fabric...to make a more permanent support piece for working in a circle.
After the glue dried, it was a matter of joining the edges together to make it "Tubular".