Tutorial – How to Draw a Pattern for a Steeple
The Circle and Chord Method
I’ve been struggling with drawing patterns for steeples ever since I started making little houses. I basically made them by drawing a triangle the size I want and then tracing 3 copies to make the pattern. I knew I had to figure out a way using geometry and finally, I did. I can’t believe it is this easy. Once you see the process you’ll see that you can make a steeple with many sides easily.
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But first you need a specific tool – a compass. Here’s a good compass you can buy online. It’s draws a better circle than the compass below, but it is a little more expensive. I finally upgraded to the improved Staedtler compass.
|The compass – our special tool for drawing a steeple pattern|
1. Determine the size of your triangle for the steeple. For the purposes of this tutorial, the width will be 1 inch and each side of the triangle will be 2 inches. That’s not the height of the triangle because each 2 inch side is slanted. The height of the triangle is just a smidge under 2 inches (I confess, I didn’t measure it.)
2. Set your compass to 2 inches.
3. Draw a circle on the graph paper with a radius of 2 inches. I knew I didn’t need an entire circle because of the size of my steeple so I only drew a portion of the circle. You can barely see the little hole that the compass made in the center of the circle and how the circle intersects 2 inches when the lines are perpendicular.
|Draw a circle with a 2 inch radius.|
|Mark one inch segments on the circle you’ve drawn.|
|Circle marked with one inch chords which will form the base of your triangles.|
|Cut out the Steeple pattern. Try to remember to score it before you cut it out. It is so much easier if you do this.|
|The steeple pattern cut out and taped together. I am so happy I know how to do this now.|
What do you think? Will this help you when you make steeple for little houses or little churches? I certainly hope so. It has already made my life a little easier in making the top to the tower on the Wilkins House prototype. Here’s the steeple roof on the Wilkins House.
Now I’m going steeple crazy. It’s going to be so much fun.
And here is the steeple on the Snowy Church.
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