• Not a terribly big fan of these parts - Blake's Baericks
  • Yes, it's terrible. It's there because I ran out of cheese slopes. But even so, I could have fixed it, but it's been pure chaos around here lately and I have no time, and I just called it good enough for an experimental pattern. But for a finished product it would definitely be fixed.
  • Understood! Laziness in the face of the finish line happens all the time to me. - Blake's Baericks
  • Even just figuring out these spaces out here on the perimeter would take me years of cloister. - Scruffy Mynxbane
  • You know, I'm really starting to understand the language cheese slopes speak, now. I'm not perfectly adept, but things like this little section are becoming much easier. I actually had to re-orient a ton of pieces to get rid of some gaps. The cracks aren't as regular and symmetric now, but the pieces all fit together better.
  • Oh, you got it Blake! Though with my bigger MOCs, laziness in the face of the finish line usually happens with photography; it's hard to have the patience to properly photograph a nice 3-D MOC. ;-)
  • That understanding is shining through. - Scruffy Mynxbane
  • each of these two half-hexagons would be perfect if they had 1-1/2 plates each. :P - infrapinklizzard

Interlacing experiment

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I have a lot I could say about this, but my sister is visiting with her two kids for three weeks. So I've been surrounded by 4 kids, aged 4, 3, 2, and 6 months, and it's a miracle I got anything done at all. And now we're going to dinner. Ciao chow!

Later... What I was trying was to take the shape from here and have six of them making a sort of hexagon shape, all interlacing. Then I added the outside line (in black) to make the star patterns (so that the center of each loop was rotationally symmetric). I originally wanted it in dark blue and dark green with a gold outside line, but after I started with those colors I realized I needed 1x1 plates or tiles, and they don't make those in gold or dark green. Tragic! I'm seriously thinking of cutting some of the clips off of the pearl gold 1x1 plates with clips... but that's not quite purist, and I'm really a purist at heart (though some would argue that I'm not, since I don't attach everything together). Maybe LEGO will get their act together and make 1x1 plates and/or tiles in every color? Maybe? ;-) Anyway, I ended up trying different shades of grey. I'm not sure that I like it. I thought that the similar colors would show the interlacing parts without being disruptive of the image of the whole, but when I look at it at this size it just seems confusing. Maybe it'd be better resized smaller...

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  1. madLEGOman 46 months ago | reply

    hurts.... the.. brain.....

  2. Scruffy Mynxbane 46 months ago | reply

    i have found that it's easier to look at with my eyes slightly unfocused. Overall it's a great big win from me.

  3. oLaF LM 46 months ago | reply

    You surprise me each time ! This is a never ending concept ! great job

  4. eilonwy77 46 months ago | reply

    Thank you so much, everyone!

    Josh, Josh, Josh... you and your blogeration. ;-D Thanks. So, about the kids. My oldest has been sufficiently scared away that she doesn't try to help with cheese slope mosaics, but only with the kind of stuff that sticks together a bit more. (Her new favorite thing is to tear everything apart, and is really disappointed when I won't let her destroy something I still need.) The baby was fine; he can't crawl yet. But I felt a bit like a snappy aunt with the three year old. He'd never seen the lego stuff before, and he wanted to touch touch touch, and I was, perhaps, a bit short with him. And then at the end my two year old got hold of my toothpick and "helped" (you know, do just like mommy does), and one whole corner went kaput. Argh! Thankfully my husband is a saint, and after two whole days with all 4 kids he took them to McDonald's for dinner and I got to finish my mosaic in peace. (I think he knew I was about ready to fall apart without a little peace; he's a saint, really.)

  5. .Tromas 46 months ago | reply

    Holy moly Katie, you just never cease to amaze!!

  6. Chris Hester 46 months ago | reply

    Insane cheese jigsaw background!

  7. Obxcrew [deleted] 46 months ago | reply

    Wow, that's amazing.

  8. Shadow Viking 46 months ago | reply

    Deliciously interlacy!

  9. infrapinklizzard 46 months ago | reply

    I love the rectangles with the rhombuses in the middle. They remind me of the pattern blocks my daughter had when she was little. It's the ability to make those rhombuses (which could be divided into 2 equilateral triangles) that means you can make hexagons.

    I've been a fan of your patterns for a while, now. The scenes you make with them are very nice, too.

  10. eilonwy77 46 months ago | reply

    Thank you so much for the nice comments, everyone!

    I just wish that LEGO would make equilateral triangles akin to those in the pattern block sets; ah, that would be heaven. ;-)

  11. infrapinklizzard 46 months ago | reply

    Since I injured my hand yesterday, I suddenly have more free time than expected. So I pulled out a small cache of vari-colored cheese slopes and started playing with the geometry.

    I see that three rhombuses make a perfect hexagon, so the top angle of a slope must be 60°.
    There is definitely no way to make a perfect equilateral triangle, though. In order to make a half-hexagon, you'd need to have 1½ plates between two cheese slopes. Possible (with SNOT) in some cases -- not so in others.

    I should look in my old TYCO bricks to see if their plates came in 1x1. (They were 1/2 height of the bricks or 1½ Lego plates.)

    That would solve a lot of your packing problems. I see where you made some half-hexagons with one plate, and others with 2 to try to compensate. (I added a note)

    I'm sure you know this already, but just thought I'd share. ;)

  12. eilonwy77 46 months ago | reply

    Well, those rhombuses *appear* to be perfect, and *appear* to make a perfect hexagon, but they don't quite. The side of the rhombus that doesn't have the crack in it (the gap between the two slopes) is slightly longer than the other side. So if you put them together into a lot of hexagons all together (it takes a lot for this to be noticeable) there start to be gaps that cause all sorts of frustration. So then I start re-arranging the pieces, compensating for the gaps. So the fact that the trapezoids with either 1 or 2 plates are not exactly half-a-hexagon in size can be seen as a good thing, because it gives you one more tool to use for filling in the gaps and trying to make it as seamless as possible. I like the uniform look of the hexagons all stacked together better, but it starts to cause problems, which is why the above pattern has cracks going in different directions; I tried to maintain a sense of directionality following the vertical axis (that makes no sense, I know) to help minimize problems. It's not perfect, but good enough, I guess.


    P.S. Cheese slope "cubes" aren't real cubes, either. Nothing about this is made easy. ;-)

  13. 4estFeller 44 months ago | reply

    Question: how long did this take to build?

  14. eilonwy77 44 months ago | reply

    Hmmm. The actual making of it was probably 3-4 hours if I remember correctly. But I already had it all planned out on graph paper. It'd be impossible to put a time amount on the planning, because it has just been building from one thing to another. What I learned doing one thing I can apply to the next.

  15. 4estFeller 44 months ago | reply

    Interesting. What sort of graph paper do you use? Just curious.

  16. eilonwy77 44 months ago | reply

    Well, for this design I used a hexagon grid that I found on the internet, like so:

    Cheese slopes make good rhombuses and trapezoids, so using the hexagon paper I can sketch in most of those shapes. Of course, the rhombus you make with 2 cheese slopes can be angled two different ways, so it creates a ton of possibilities for different coloring. For my current favorite pattern, I had to make my own graph paper by doing the pattern all in white, photographing it, printing it, and then coloring in different designs. You can see that in this set: www.flickr.com/photos/eilonwy77/sets/72157627511704572/wi...

    Now I'm thinking about going back and making several different patterns all in white, so that they can serve as coloring sheets for new ideas.

  17. 4estFeller 44 months ago | reply

    Very cool. I've never tried making a cheese slope mosaic before, but it looks like it could be pretty fun. Maybe if I get bored of regular building sometime I could give it a shot.

  18. eilonwy77 44 months ago | reply

    I'd love to see it, if you do. ;-)

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