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Jane Austen in a spiral
« on: August 23, 2014, 09:32:09 PM »
I have embarked upon a project to copy out the first lines of all Jane Austen novels in Copperplate spirals. Ideally they will be surrounded and ornamented by flourishes, with the name of the book exquisitely decorated in the center. Until I learn flourishes and decorations, however, I will focus on learning how to do the spirals. Here is the first sentence of Emma. You can see that I learned the hard way that you sometimes get around to the start of the circle before the previous round has fully dried!


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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2014, 10:58:46 PM »
That's just beautiful, Ergative!

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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2014, 01:10:03 AM »
I love it!
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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2014, 03:03:39 AM »
I'm having a tough time with spirals 😔😔 b-but! Great works
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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2014, 06:54:10 AM »
This is just gorgeous. Can't wait to see the final product!
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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2014, 07:34:22 AM »
love Emma!  love your lettering!  love the spiral!  love your idea! love love love!!!

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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2014, 08:47:34 AM »
Bravo @ergative!
I wanted to try the 3 center spirals and 4 centers spirals yesterday, but had no time :(
Yours is awesome!!
Love your Copperplate!
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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2014, 09:55:21 AM »
How did you generate the spiral guidelines?

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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2014, 10:07:38 AM »
So gorgeous
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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2014, 12:50:57 PM »
Emma, these letterforms are inspiring. Beautiful work!!!
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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2014, 03:17:14 PM »
Thank you so much to everyone for your compliments!

How did you generate the spiral guidelines?

Blotbot, I used a compass and drew half-circles, alternating between two centers. It works like this:

1. Draw half a circle with a compass.
2. Move the compass center over by the distance you want between your spirals (i.e., your desired interlinear distance.). The adjusted position should be on the line created by joining the two points of your semi-circle.
3. Put the pencil end of the compass on the end of the outer semi-circle. This will require compressing the compass a little bit, because the new center point is closer to the semi-circle. Draw a new semi-circle. This will be slightly smaller, and by the time it lines up with where you started, it will be farther inside.
4. Move your compass center back to the original center, and put the pencil on the end of this new semi-circle. Again, you will have to shorten the compass a bit. Draw a new semi circle, which will end up inside the second semi circle.
5. Repeat until you're out of room, always alternating between the two centers.

I should mention that this is known as the "Archimedean spiral." If you search for "how to draw an Archimedian spiral" you'll find tutorials with pictures.

Cecilia, I've never heard of three and four center spirals! What do they look like? Google doesn't seem to know the term, and I can't quite figure out how to draw them according to my algorithm above.
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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2014, 04:26:17 PM »
I was looking for a handy guide on the the three and four centre method earlier to link to here, but drew a blank.  It's not really susceptible to describing in words, at least not by me, but unless Cecilia cares to do the honours maybe I'll draw one out later.  It's quite similar to your method, Ergative, but starts in the middle and works out.  If memory serves the four centre method is used for setting out the volutes on Ionic capitals.

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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2014, 10:12:52 PM »
i love love this!  beautiful!
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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2014, 10:33:08 PM »
Very nice! Your copperplate is lovely! Can't figure how you did the spirals so neatly too, but it's lovely :D

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Re: Jane Austen in a spiral
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2014, 02:22:20 AM »
Wow, this looks awesome!
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