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I'm trying to create something that looks like this:

cool pattern

I can do the blue lines easily enough but I can't seem to get the grey 'circular diamonds' right.

No matter what I do, be it a diamond shape cloned and rotated around a circular guide (first example) or a circle with zigzag applied then cloned and rotated a bit (second example) I can't get the blue lines to match each 'point' and 'dip' like my example. My 'circular diamonds' come out a bit wonky too.

almost there

I tried making it using two pattern brushes to start with but pattern brushes seem to distort everything too much.

Can anyone give me any pointers on what else I could try to achieve this effect?

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did you try to make 1 pattern brush with both the blue and diamonds? Because you are applying a straight lined design to a circle it will distort the diamonds. – kamalo Aug 9 '12 at 16:06
I made one for the diamonds and one for the blue lines. It's easier to recolour them if they are set up like that. I'm looking for a way to not have that distortion. – boz Aug 9 '12 at 16:49
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You need 2 pattern brushes - one for the diamonds and one for the hash marks.

When you create the pattern brush for the diamonds you want to ensure you select "Approximate Path" for the fitting method. This will prevent stretching and distorting to fit the path. Fitting method for the hash marks isn't as critical.

This is a quick mock up.....




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