Technicals – The basics : Building the Six-pointed Star

On my last post on the Technicals categories, we looked at how we can build an eight-pointed star using an octagon as a guide for easy drawing and accuracy. For this post, we shall look at how we can build a six-pointed star using the same method as building the eight-pointed star, but this time we are using a hexagon.

The six-pointed star, or a Hexagram in mathematics, is a sign revered by the Jews as the Star of David. However it also appears in other religions as well such as Christianity, Islam and Hinduism and other Eastern religions, as well as in Occultism.

We will see how we can build a six-pointed star out of a hexagon. However, note that I will rotate the star 90°, as so not to offend any readers or blog visitors.

How the six-pointed star looks like

  1. Drawing the Hexagon.
    First, draw up a Hexagon using six lines of equal length, as such : –  Do arrange all the lines to look like the above shape, the hexagon. This is the basis for the building of the Hexagram.
  2. Start to draw lines from the Hexagon : –

Start to draw lines from the Hexagon, using the lines of the shape to help you draw straight, as so to achieve the symmetrical quality.
Drawing the lines this way, one side to another, will help you to draw the star better and with better accuracy.

3.  Add more lines –

Add more lines to your hexagons, I guess no more explanations needed here.

It may be a rather complex way of drawing the star, but for the sake of accuracy and symmetry, some complications is needed.

4. Add more and more lines

Yes as simple as that. Remember to use the lines of the Hexagon to draw the lines as straight as possible.

The finished shape, with all the guide lines drawn. The excess is to help decide the best lengths for the outer triangles formed by the lines.

5. Clean all the lines

Once you done all the lines, erase all excess.

The shape, with all excess lines erased. And, by overwriting the guidelines, you will have something that will look like this –

You are free to erase the lines inside the shape for a cleaner shape, or leave it as it is for a complex look.

Next time, we shall look into more shapes and stars, as well as how we can arrange the shapes into a pattern that is likely to be seen as Islamic art.

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6 responses to “Technicals – The basics : Building the Six-pointed Star

  1. Hey, ok, I get it, I guess – but does this really work?

  2. Great idea, thanks for this tip!

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  5. jishn

    hi i loved the way you explained so soimply,but does this apply to octagonal and decagonal and tetragonal to get 8,10,12 point stars

    • Hello!
      Yes practically this method can be used to every polygonal shapes. However you must find and create each polygon with exact measurements, otherwise you won’t get the symmetry you look for.

      Regards,
      Azim

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