wishlist: hexagons

If you were to ask me what my favourite shape is I would have no problem in answering you - as long as I was allowed a 3D shape. You see, my favourite shape is the beautiful icosahedron. If you're awesome, you may already have encountered the shape as a d20 (a 20-sided die). It's made up of triangular faces - but don't let that fool you - it's the most perfect shape imaginable and one of the Platonic solids, which is always a good sign.

When it comes to 2D shapes, however, it gets a bit harder since none of them have the perfect beauty of an icosahedron. If I had to choose I guess it would be a hexagon - a regular one, naturally, purely for it's tessellatability. The fact that the hexagon tessellates so beautifully is a slight downfall as it means there can be no hexagon-based Platonic solids. Don't worry though, you can still have a largely hexagon-based solid - but it'll be an Archimedean solid instead of a Platonic one - like my second favourite 3D shape, the truncated icosahedron. It has some pentagons in it too, but we can just ignore them.

Icosahedra aren't the most easy shape to find, so let's go with some hexagonal pretties today:

{hexagonal 3D lights (kind of) from Module R} {awesome hexagonal light}
{hexagon piecing tutorial by Alicia Paulson - one day I will make a quilt!} {hexagon wall art}


And of course, here's a little reminder of everyone's favourite set of hexagons...

Any of you have a different favourite shape?

3 hellos:

Anonymous said...

Seriously fun...now I want to go find the other shape!

Bumba said...

You need to go see the Giants Causeway!

Vixie said...

Hexagonal prisms galore! I look forward to it!

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