In my previous post, I declared that I had ‘found’ my next cane design. As usual, I had planned to make a trial cane and work out all the details before presenting the steps to all my anxiously waiting readers. Well, here it is a week later, I have a huge pile of scrap clay on my table, and I’m on my third attempt to make this thing ! I’ve seriously considered admitting defeat, and moving on to something else. But being the obsessive person I am, once I begin a ‘quest’, it is very difficult to give it up ! For example, I will visit dozens of stores- both on the Internet and the brick and mortar variety-in search of one particular item. Whether I really need it or not is irrelevant! A few years ago, I shopped relentlessly for a plain turquoise knit top with a crew neck to wear with a polymer clay necklace I had made. Most people buy jewelry to coordinate with their clothes, I buy clothes to wear with my jewelry ! After months of searching, I spotted the ‘perfect’ turquoise top at the local Kohl’s. It was in my price range, and even better, it was machine washable ! I wanted to jump for joy. You would’ve thought I’d won the lottery, LOL!
Back to caning…I did a search for ‘hexagon designs’ on the Internet, and got thousands of results, as you can imagine. Floor tile websites, quilting websites, architecture, geometry, math websites, etc., you name it! I spent several hours rather unsystematically clicking on any link that looked interesting. One of my clicks brought me here: http://joningram.org/blog/2008/08/the-joy-of-hex/. It was a page from the blog of Jon Ingram, a teacher of mathematics in the UK. His post begins:
Multiple patterns from a single tile design !! It was like finding that turquoise sweater…the search was over ! Especially when I got a look at some of the pattern possiblilities when I scrolled further. Are these cool or what??? >>>
All I had to do was make one hexagon cane, and I would be in pattern heaven! Just look at all the possibilites! The hexagon pattern would be constructed from 3 equilateral triangle canes cut in half, mirrored, and then reduced:
These triangles don’t look very complicated, do they? Well, that’s what I thought……………..That’s why this is only Part I ! I’m not giving up……….yet !