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Another way to change the current pattern if your Tool options dialog is not showing: open the Patterns list dialog, either with Windows ➤ Dockable dialogs ➤ Patterns by clicking on the pattern preview in the toolbox (if showing, this is set with Edit ➤ Preferences ➤ Interface ➤ Toolbox ➤ Appearance ➤ Show active brush, pattern and gradient)


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It's in the tool options. If the tool options aren't visible or if you accidentally closed them, then from the main menu click on: Windows > Dockable Dialogs > Tool Options


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You need to convert the graphic to a combined path first. Ungroup it until there are no groups left, select all of it and click Path > Combine. Now, copy it Add the pattern along a path effect, then in the path effects, set to "Repeated".


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Illustrator's 3D effects are underpowered for drawing the wanted plate number 2 easily. With a 3D program one would make it in few minutes and any viewing direction would be as easy. Drawing it in 2D from scratch (=not importing from 3D) is, of course possible, but the plate should be seen to be sure how it should be drawn. To see it I made this in a CAD ...


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I'm writing an answer for 2nd type of plate inspired from Billy's answer and joojaa's comments. Create a stroke and apply Effect > Distort > Zig-zag effect and then apply Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel. Expand it. Rotate it and crop/clipping mask it to create a rectangle with different angle (to apply clipping mask, draw any shape above the ...


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I've no idea what the rightmost drawing is supposed to represent. Sorry. However, it's easy enough to make a wavy plate/surface using 3D Extrude and Bevel. The shape on the left is straight line, with a Zig Zag effect applied, then Expanded to make a shape to use for the 3D extrusion. It can of course be rotated to any desired angle


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