In other news.... I'm all set up to be a substitute teacher for the rest of the year. I might be working as a full-time teacher again next year (after having been a stay-home mom for six years now). It's been kind of stressful. My husband is unhappy, because he wants to be working (but got laid off because of the sequester); my kids are unhappy, because they want me to be with them all the time; I'm unhappy because -- well, mostly I'm nervous, and sad to not be with my kids as much, and worried about time for LEGO -- and stuff like that. Hopefully I'll get used to it, and things will go back to a more normal routine. It will all be fine. It's just that change is.... irritating.
1. -- Make a curved wall with bricks with studs on 1 side interspersed. They become a way to attach plates. (Make it in layers of five plates: two layers of a curved wall made with plates, then a 1x1 brick next to a 1x1 round (or, in my case, 3 1x1 plates stacked)).
2. Put a 1x1 plate (in my case, round ones) on the studs of the 1x1 brick with stud. (It might work better with headlight bricks with two plates on them -- I haven't tried that yet, though I tried various other heights.)
3. Put 1xn plates vertically over the studs in the wall.
4. Make the basic pattern units on bricks with studs on four sides (Travis bricks, I think they are called). There are two configurations, mirror images of each other. In this photo, there are two black cheese slopes with the smallest angle pointing down. Then there are the two dark red cheese slopes, with the two units having them go in opposite directions.
5. Interlace the basic units on the plates on the wall. One row will have one orientation of the basic units, and then the next plate will have the other configuration.
You can see on the blue plate in this photo that these rows will fit together (more or less) when placed with one row of studs in between them. But when you put them on a curved wall, they will fit when placed on every row.
This technique is probably limited in potential patterns because of the need to keep everything attached to a stud. I have a few ideas for trapping floating cheese slopes on a curved wall, but we'll see. You could probably do more with a higher altitude up from the wall, to allow for larger basic units of the pattern, which could then be colored in different ways.
If anything is not clear, let me know and I'll try to do a better job. ;-D
but today my husband essentially got laid off.... (thanks to the sequester) so now I have to go try to be a substitute teacher, which is going to suck... so, there might not be much lego fun for awhile.... ;-( (and there goes the lego budget. Sigh....)