Aha! But it CAN be done (doncha love topology!)!!
To make a mobius strip with two metals such that it is a flowing
ribbon of colors with no stops, it requires two layers of metal.
This may be hard to follow, but bear with me (and wouldn’t it make
beautiful rings and bracelets!)…
Think of four squares from a checkerboard, two by two – black, red
on the top row; red, black on the bottom row. If this is squished,
it is the cross-section of our flat band of metal.
Another way to explain it is – take a strip of paper, like, one by
six inches. Color the right half of the first side “long-ways” (now
you have 1/2in x 6in white on the left, and 1/2in x 6in colored on
the right, which make up the 1in width), then – and here’s the
important part – flip the paper over as if turning the page of a
book (this direction of flipping the paper is very important in
order to get the correct orientation of the paper), and do the EXACT
same thing on the second side (left side white, right side colored).
Now the cross-section, if you could take it, would be white over
colored on the left side, and colored over white on the right side.
Another way to say it is – where the paper is white on one side, it
will be colored on the other.
THEN you take your paper, put a half twist in it, attach the ends
with tape; and you have your wonderful half white, half colored
And of course it would be even easier with texture and no texture,
because you wouldn’t have to laminate metal!
I suspect that this is the method that someone referred to a couple
of days ago, but without the laborious explaination. I find the
idea very elegant and beautiful, and I’m going to make some as soon
as I have the jewelry part of my studio set up!
Orchid is fun and educational!