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Bed of Nails tessellation — front | by Michał Kosmulski
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Bed of Nails tessellation — front

Bed of nails tessellation by Michał Kosmulski.


I was inspired to design this tessellation after a comment from P. Colman regarding my Fenced tiling of Fujimoto’s Clover Folding. This tessellation is based on just the “leaves” of the clover, made two-sided and arranged into multiple rows.


A single molecule uses a 6×4 grid and one can vary the borders around them in both directions in order to control the nails’ density. This particular model is based on a 21×30 grid which results in 3×5 finished nails (7×6 grid for each, so margins are 1 and 2 grid units). One can vary the nails’ length or fold the edges of the nails inside, transforming them into triangular spikes. I also see some potential for creating pixel images, in a manner similar to EZ Tessellation, by bending some of the nails.


Folded from a single sheet of Elephant Hide paper, inkjet-printed for a more metallic look.


See also:

Best view of the nails

Back (fish-like pattern)

Variant with longer nails


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Taken on September 8, 2015