The Plato Bead: A Bead Dodecahedron

Laura Shea
Bridges London: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2006)
Pages 651–654


Creating polyhedra with beads is another way to learn the properties of regular and semi-regular solids. The instructions given below are for the dodecahedron (The Plato Bead). In a bead polyhedron each face becomes open space; each edge becomes one bead; each vertex becomes a thread void. The structure is light and open. The size of the overall bead changes with the size of beads used.