Bih-Yaw Jin & Chia-Chin Tsoo

Professor & Research Fellow
Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University & National Center for High-Performance Computing, National Applied Research Laboratories
Taipei, Taiwan & Hsinchu, Taiwan

Previously, we have applied the angle weave technique with spherical beads to the construction of physical models for arbitrary fullerenes and graphitic structures. Spherical beads are more suitable for trivalent systems, which are exactly molecular systems with sp2 hybridization. Here, we show that beaded sculptures consisting of higher valencies through linking rigid polyhedral units, such as tetrahedra and octahedra, can be achieved by using tubular beads and the same beading technique.

Beaded Sierpinski tetrahedron
20x20x20 (cm)
3cm tubular Glass beads

The third-order bead model of Sierpinski tetrahedron consists of 64 small tetrahedra and is about 24 cm along its edges. It is made from 256 3cm tubular beads using the angle weave technique repeatedly.

Beaded Mackay icosahedron with chiral vector (4,0)
18x18x18 (cm)
3cm tubular Glass beads

Mackay icosahedron is a type of building units of the quasi-crystal, a structure that is ordered but not periodic due to the incompatibility between the five-fold rotational symmetry and the translational symmetry. We built this icosahedron by linking tetrahedra, octahedra, and pentagonal bipyramids together using the angle weave technique. In this sculpture, tetrahedra and octahedra fill its 20 faces and pentagonal bipyramids become its 12 apexes.