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8391ice
Level 51 : Grandmaster Taco
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Alright. So today, I'll be showing you how to build modern circles and spheres in Minecraft. Nowadays, most people who try to build circles for the first time end up with something like this.


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Obviously, this isn't a circle. It's a diamond. But that's a very common mistake, so it doesn't mean you'd suck at making circles. This is how an appropriate circle should look. Note the difference.


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But making good circles is way easier than you think. Study this 1/4 picture of the circle from above.


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This is the most important thing to remember. The diamond had a straight diagonal vein connecting to the base sides. Circles have a round vein. Look at the differences in the pictures below. From left to right, the circle edge and the diamond edge.


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So just by remembering this, you can easily make circles. However, spheres are much more difficult, so I've put together the guide for spheres to be as easy as possible. Note that before you do any sphere-building, you must have mastered the art of circles.


I'll be making a 15x15x15 sphere. So first, I'll make a 15x15 circle, but it has to be made vertically, like this.


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The next step is to thicken the circle. Listen to this carefully. As you can see in the picture, every base side of the circle is 5 blocks long. So we would thicken the circle 5 blocks. It is a good idea to leave the middle of the circle the same, so that it would be easier to know where the very center of the circle is.


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Alright. Now, before I show you the next step, let me ask you this: Have you ever seen a drawing of the full inside and outside look of a sphere?


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Well that should tell you exactly why this is the next step: Add an opposite layer.


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And if for some reason you don't get it, I don't know how else to explain it. On another subject, take a look at it from these angles. You can see that it's actually starting to become a sphere.


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The next step is to remove the edges of the corners from every base of the sphere, like this.


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We're almost done. Now we're building another layer on the sphere, but this time horizontally.


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This last step is easy. We'll be filling in those 8 corners that are left from the sphere. I couldn't come up with a good way to explain it, so I've put together these pictures.


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Voila!


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Now after you apply this same thing to every other corner, you'll have a beautiful sphere.


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Basically, this is all you have to do:


  1. Make a circle facing vertically.
  2. Thicken the circle to whatever the lengths of the bases are.
  3. Make another circle inside it facing the sides.
  4. Remove the edges of every base of the sphere.
  5. Make another circle inside it, same thickness, but horizontally.
  6. Fill the corners with a 1/4 diamond shape. The size depends on the thickness.

So now you've learned how to create circles and spheres in Minecraft. I hope you understood this guide very well. Favorite this, give me a diamond, and comment if you want. Thanks for reading.


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Questions
Q: You know we can just use MCEdit, right?
A: People tell me this all the time in the comments. Yes, it would be a whole lot easier to use MCEdit or any other world-editing program, but you're not able to use it on a SMP server, and some people don't know how or are unable to download it.

Q: What about cones?
A: Cones should be easy to figure out. Start out with a horizontal circle, stack blocks in the middle as high as you want your cone to be, and keep adding smaller circles underneath it (or on top if your cone's base is facing down) until it reaches the tip of the stack of blocks. A bit hard to explain without pictures, but you can study this ice cream cone I made to help you out.

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Q: How did you learn this technique?
A: I never learned this from anybody. I learned the flat circles pretty fast, and I just studied the spheres and eventually figured out an easy way to make them.

Q: Is there an easy technique to make solid ovals?
A: Exactly the same as a sphere: Start out with a vertical circle, just stretch the length as much as you want. The main difference is that since the length and the heights are different, you'll decide how thick you want your oval to be yourself, and it also changes how the corners are formed.
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  • Eiji
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Hunter
  • November 22, 2014, 3:06 pm
plotz.co.uk plots modeller it's nice
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  • Eiji
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Hunter
  • November 15, 2014, 11:57 pm
I already saw this before on other blog
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  • Thatthi2
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • December 14, 2014, 5:08 am
me too
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dude, don't advertize.
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  • antlion126
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 6, 2014, 6:47 am
i just use http://www.plotz.co.uk/ its an automatic circle/shere generator
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  • CB2cool
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 21, 2014, 5:45 am
I needed this for so long... I just couldn't be bothered to search it up on the internet... Or build it... Anyway this is a very good method, thanks for sharing!
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  • Axixe
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 19, 2014, 2:30 pm
Thank you alot! This is going to help me out!
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  • Shadow2Shade
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Hunter
  • April 8, 2014, 10:27 am
i find this guide very usefull and helpfull, now you know, even after 4 years you can learn something new
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Wow!! this totally helped me! thanks a lot!!
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  • MathManiac0
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • January 25, 2014, 10:38 am
The 9-block long sphere curves at a 1-2-3-2-1 pattern. However, your 15-block long sphere curves at a 1-2-5-2-1 pattern! I tried adapting this pattern for an 18-block long sphere using the 1-2-8-2-1 pattern, but it looked more like a rounded cube. Can you explain this to me, because I'm extremely confused.
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  • Darkflame2050
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Ninja
  • November 16, 2013, 5:39 am
Guys, please stop saying circles mess up the order of MC. HD things are MUCH worse, and I don't see why anyone would want a texture pack / skin over 32x...
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  • creper04
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • November 10, 2013, 4:51 pm
Y...Y...YOU BROKE MINECRAFT JERK CIRCLES AND S...SPHERES DONT EXIST IN MC AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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  • cutiepie1492
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Pokemon
  • October 25, 2013, 4:13 pm
HA CIRCLES? SPHERES? THERE IS NO SUCH THING IN MINECRAFT
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  • Wolf_paladin
  • Level 21
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • October 13, 2013, 5:25 pm
YOU FOOLS.YOU'VE MESSED WITH THE NATURAL ORDER!
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  • RageQuit07
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • August 13, 2013, 2:31 am
LOL dat cow >_>
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  • UnTamedWolf
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • July 30, 2013, 2:16 pm
ok this is for the chat thing marshmellowyay_10 love it how did u do it pls chat back
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  • ampenergy33
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Pony
  • August 5, 2013, 7:43 pm
Google is your friend.
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  • [size=10pt]this was AWESOME AND HELPFUL [/size][center][size=16px][bgcolor=rgb(238,238,238)]á (ಠ_ಠá ).[/bgcolor][/size][/center]
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  • xXjackathyxX
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Modder
  • May 23, 2013, 11:42 am
Brilliant blog!

+100th comment :P
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  • aj83001
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Artist
  • January 3, 2013, 4:35 pm
CIRCLES AREN'T NATURAL!

DOWN WITH CIRCLES
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one word and one word only... atoms
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  • Wtch_King
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 13, 2013, 3:19 am
how would you make the moon without circles
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  • MandyStitch
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 30, 2012, 1:53 pm
very helpful, especially for someone like me that can't get World Edit to work :D Thanks!
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  • Joechar
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Caveman
  • October 11, 2012, 10:42 pm
Awesome ive been trying to make a circle for months
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  • justalec
  • Level 21
  • Expert Spider Rider
  • August 27, 2012, 2:53 pm
It all seems so simple now!
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  • ObsidianJ
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Blacksmith
  • June 6, 2012, 9:52 am
i tried that with a 25 diameter and the 1/4 diamond parts look a little off. i think this method is flawed
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  • 8391ice
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Taco
  • June 8, 2012, 2:30 am
Yeah, the method only works with a diameter of 20 or less. Right now I'm writing a guide about how to make "big spheres".
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  • thynder
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Modder
  • July 31, 2012, 6:23 am
This worked for me with a sphere with a diameter of 29.
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or just use worldedit
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  • htrevor14
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Artist
  • May 31, 2012, 5:32 am
So helpful!
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  • mkisner328
  • Level 29
  • Expert Architect
  • May 31, 2012, 2:00 am
Regardless of what everybody says it IS a good thing to know how to make circles/spheres on your own. IMHO anybody who relies on WE and Voxel for EVERYTHING just comes out with a big mess. There are always small details that need to be done by hand that you cant do so easily with WE... So to all the "WE Junkies" out there that don't think they need to know how to make a circle by hand... YOUR WRONG...
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or u could use mods JK
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  • lentebriesje
  • Level 73
  • Legendary Architect
  • May 30, 2012, 3:42 pm
Just download world edit and learn the commands xD i saw some other people said the same earlier but it doesn't hurt to repeat. Doing sphere's manually is just tiresome xD
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Yay. Now I can make TNT spheres. *troll face*
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  • 8391ice
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Taco
  • May 30, 2012, 4:42 pm
LOL, oh God. :)
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  • Arcchen
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Pony
  • May 30, 2012, 10:52 am
The circles are actually pretty bad. But the spheres are okay.
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  • mohawk181
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 28, 2012, 5:38 am
circles are pretty bad? you can't make it any better yourself, even if you are an "expert architect". so why dont you just gtfo and stop commenting.
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Thanks for making this post. I am making a giant castle in my Random Creations series and my next section to make was a tower. and trust me. I had no idea how to make it round. Then I saw this post and, all good :D

DIAMOND, SUBSCRIBE, FAVORITE!
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  • Pownage
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 30, 2012, 7:17 am
Great tutorial, unfortunately this wasn't up at the time I was learning how to make them. I kinda taught myself how to make a sphere by starting off with one circle in teh middle. It took me a looonnggg time to do it. xD
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thanks dude realy realy helpfull diamonds to you
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  • TnT-Crew
  • Level 26
  • Expert Artist
  • May 30, 2012, 1:45 am
Me and my friend are gonna make a lp around making a cirlce out of iron blocks in mc with some gold and one diamond in it aswell IT's gonna take some time but >_> well do it >:D
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  • amars1545
  • Level 22
  • Expert Architect
  • May 29, 2012, 11:46 pm
Wow! You really taught me a lesson on how to make spheres. Thank you very much!
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  • Fantasos
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Artist
  • May 29, 2012, 8:05 pm
fuck it im going to use worldedit and just simply write
//sphere ironblock 5
//cyl ironblock 5 1
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BAD A$$
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I think your over thinking making spheres... its not that difficult you say... yet you feel the necessity to make a post educating everyone on something they already know...
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  • 8391ice
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Taco
  • May 30, 2012, 2:21 am
Not everybody knows how to make spheres, mate... Who told you they did? >_>
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  • leopardg1
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Modder
  • May 29, 2012, 12:58 pm
... knew this already, and only been in MC 6 mo.
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All I can say is that this deserves the diamonds it has.
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  • Donimus
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Artist
  • May 29, 2012, 9:55 am
co za asy...
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  • Sonicman832
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Narwhal
  • May 29, 2012, 7:39 am
Step 1 to making a sphere? install singleplayercommands.
Nice tips though :P
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