How Would You Go About Making a Kaleidoscope Pattern Using Only a Compass?

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How Would You Go About Making a Kaleidoscope Pattern Using Only a Compass?
You can create a kaleidoscope pattern using only circles. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Kaleidoscopes are instruments that use coloured shapes, mirrors and light to display changing patterns. The patterns usually feature an assortment of geometric shapes that include a combination of circles and polygons. However, kaleidoscope patterns featuring only curves also exist and you can create themusing cyclotomy, a technique for dividing a circle into equal parts and drawing patterns using geometric rules. Learn how to make a basic flower pattern using only a compass.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place your compass with pencil in the centre of your paper. Draw a large circle.

  2. 2

    Divide the circumference of the circle into six equal sections by making small marks along the circumference of the circle. You do not need exact measurements.

  3. 3

    Place the tip of your compass on one of the marks (Mark A) you made along the circumference of the circle with your pencil on, or close to, the next mark on the right (Mark B). Do not adjust the radius of the compass. Draw a semicircle that extends from Mark B to the mark to the left of Mark A (Mark C). It is OK if your semicircle does not meet Mark B and Mark C exactly.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 for each mark you made on the circle's circumference.

  5. 5

    Colour in your pattern using multiple colours.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment by dividing the circle into more than six equal sections and drawing semicircles between the points.

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