Friday, May 27, 2011


This pattern  I stumbled upon when I was playing with hexagons and octagons.  After a bit of massaging, I ended up with an outline of the candlestick (here it is the white 3-layered  pattern between the stars).  In the original play, the 3 triangles were part of a hexagon that intersected with the others.  From there, I connected 6 together to make large hexagons with octagons in the corners.  I was surprised at first that I could make 3 into the triangular shape and more surprised that a small triangle exactly fit inside it.  After some thought, it made more sense.

 Image a loop of hexagons with octagonal spacers between them.  Then connect each of the hexagons with a rectangle to other hexagons from other loops.  Voila, this tiling with less decoration.  The reason for the triangle exactly fitting is a little more involved.  You have to take the loop of polygons on the left and separate the rhombus with two perpendicular lines.  The bottom perpendicular is easy--going from a 4-sided figure to an 8-sided.  The top perpendicular is trickier--going from a 12-side figure (the square and triangle make the 150 degree angle of a 12-sided polygon) to a 24-sided polygon (the 135 and the 60 of the octagon and the triangle make 195 which is the exterior angle to 165, the angle of a regular 24-sided polygon).

I'm not sure about how close the pentagons are to each other.  It looks like they touch at the vertices...  I may have to get a pencil and paper to check it out....

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