Spread Hexagons (Eric Gjerde)

Gjerde, Eric
Adams, Sara
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Model type: 
Triangle Grid
Tessellations and Fractals
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Yesterday night I first tried the model on a triangle grid with 16 pleat divisions to get a feel for how to do the model. I then moved to transparent paper, and had this stupid idea of doing a triangle grid 64 pleat divisions instead. Hours later... this is the result. This is what robs my sleep!

Paper: 19.5cm square of transparent paper
Model: 15.3cm x 13.7cm


64 pleat division.. That's insane! I've only gone to 32 on a 15x15cm sheet so far, so your triangles are nearly twice as small as the ones I made. I'm quite amazed by the fact that you managed to crease everything quite precisely at this microscopic size.

I think tessellations will help me improve my precision. I also found that transparent paper helped me align creases, and thus get higher accuracy. Plus, of course, you get nice effects when applying back lighting to the finished model, as I did for this picture.

I do remember, and I've had the same thought already. :)

-- Sara

You've done a fantastic job here - wow! And I also can't believe you jumped right into a 64-division folding job... that's pretty amazing.

Thanks for sharing this, I'm really pleased to see such happy feedback! :)

Please make a video on this tessellation.

do you have to do triangle twists on this model because i could see that there are little triangles on the hexagons and eric gjerde made instructions on how to make hexagons by triangle twists on his website.

This model is solely based on 120 degree pleat intersections. You do not need any triangle twists.

-- Sara

I made the one with 32 divisions and that was hard too.

That looks great! You worked very precisely. :)

-- Sara

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