Introduction: Escher Style Reptiles

M.C Escher was a Dutch artist who specialised in producing mathematically inspired wood cuts. Many of his pictures features intricate tessellations of creatures perfectly locked together. The reptiles in this post, (Rep-tiles! Geddit!?) are copied closely from one of his pictures. You can download the template from the link if you would like to try them out yourself.

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Step 1:

Try printing the multi-tile sheet from the pdf file onto three different colours of card and cutting them out. They should fit together nicely but with thin card it works best if you flip the tiles over and tape the tiles together on the back.

Step 2:

Tiles work best with a thick, inflexible material. Laser cut plywood or acrylic sheet are perfect.There is a dxf file suitable for most laser cutters on the first step of this Instructable. Import the file into the laser cutter's software then set the internal lines on the design to be a much lower power than the cut lines so that they don't cut right the way through. Cut out the tile in a variety of colours or a mix of materials then tessellate!