Click the palette to select the pen color. Click the gear to
draw. Change the ring size and/or gear size to draw different
patterns. Click outside the ring to move the gear outside.
|x or Delete
||g or Insert
A few techniques tend to yield attractive patterns:
Use a single gear and a single color, placing the pen at
consecutive radii along a single diameter.
Use a single gear and a single color, successively moving the pen
one ring inward and one sector (counter)clockwise. For finer
control over pen placement, turn off “snap to grid”.
Use multiple gears whose patterns have the same number of
“corners”, e.g., using the ring with $96$ teeth
and gears with $28$ or $52$ teeth, or the ring with
$105$ teeth and gears with $24$, $36$, $48$, or
$54$ teeth. The number of corners drawn by the current
ring/gear combination is shown next to the gear size selector.
Use similar colors to obtain shading- and weaving-type
effects. Use contrasting but complementary colors to accent curves
of similar shape, or for curves of different but complementary shape.