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.
But first you need a specific tool – a 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.
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