Drawing a hexafoil

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Drawing a hexafoil - a decorative element typical of Gothic architecture

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Drawing a hexafoil

  1. 1. Drawing a hexafoil _ Stonemasonry technical skills at SkillsTech Australia
  2. 2. <ul><li>Method </li></ul><ul><li>Construct two concentric circles, one of which is twice the radius of the other </li></ul><ul><li>Divide the circles into six radiant parts, and draw concentric mouldings </li></ul><ul><li>Draw six circles centred on the moulding, and then draw mouldings concentric to the smaller circles </li></ul><ul><li>Terminate all curved lines at their intersection points </li></ul>Hexafoil construction
  3. 3. Step 1: Draw a vertical line and a horizontal line intersecting at point A near the centre of the page
  4. 4. Step 2: Centre compasses at A and draw a circle with radius 50mm
  5. 5. Step 3: Keeping the same radius, centre compasses at B and scribe arc B A C
  6. 6. Step 4: Draw a circle centred at A with radius A C
  7. 7. Step 5: Keeping the same radius, draw two arcs at each point C D E and F to intersect with the circle AC
  8. 8. Step 6: Draw construction lines through the centre point, dividing the circle into twelve parts
  9. 9. Step 7: Draw a moulding with radius 90mm
  10. 10. Step 8: Draw a moulding with radius 60mm and mark off six points around it
  11. 11. Step 9: Draw six circles centred around the inner circle so that they are all touching each other
  12. 12. Step 10: Draw mouldings with radius 25mm
  13. 13. Step 11: Terminate all circles at their intersection with the inner circle
  14. 14. Step 12: Remove the inner circle
  15. 15. Step 13: Clean up construction lines and darken outlines

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