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How to Build Circles & Spheres!

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How to Build Circles & Spheres!

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8391ice
Level 50 : 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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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

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!

Axixe
Level 1
New Miner
May 19, 2014, 2:30 pm

Thank you alot! This is going to help me out!

Shadow2Shade
Level 11
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

baconsnotapig
Level 1
New Miner
April 7, 2014, 2:05 pm

Wow!! this totally helped me! thanks a lot!!

MathManiac0
Level 1
New 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.

Darkflame2050
Level 33
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...

creper04
Level 1
New Miner
November 10, 2013, 4:51 pm

Y...Y...YOU BROKE MINECRAFT JERK CIRCLES AND S...SPHERES DONT EXIST IN MC AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

cutiepie1492
Level 8
Apprentice Pokemon
October 25, 2013, 4:13 pm

HA CIRCLES? SPHERES? THERE IS NO SUCH THING IN MINECRAFT

Wolf_paladin
Level 18
Journeyman Dragonborn
October 13, 2013, 5:25 pm

YOU FOOLS.YOU'VE MESSED WITH THE NATURAL ORDER!

RageQuit07
Level 1
New Explorer
August 13, 2013, 2:31 am

LOL dat cow >_>

UnTamedWolf
Level 4
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

ampenergy33
Level 51
Grandmaster Pony
August 5, 2013, 7:43 pm

Google is your friend.

marshmellowyay_10
Level 1
New Explorer
May 23, 2013, 4:14 pm

  • [size=10pt]this was AWESOME AND HELPFUL [/size][center][size=16px][bgcolor=rgb(238,238,238)]á (ಠ_ಠá ).[/bgcolor][/size][/center]

xXjackathyxX
Level 9
Apprentice Modder
May 23, 2013, 11:42 am

Brilliant blog!

+100th comment :P

aj83001
Level 10
Journeyman Artist
January 3, 2013, 4:35 pm

CIRCLES AREN'T NATURAL!

DOWN WITH CIRCLES

kirkerbot rocks
Level 10
Journeyman Warrior
July 17, 2013, 5:18 am

one word and one word only... atoms

Wtch_King
Level 1
New Miner
July 13, 2013, 3:19 am

how would you make the moon without circles

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!

Joechar
Level 17
Journeyman Caveman
October 11, 2012, 10:42 pm

Awesome ive been trying to make a circle for months

justalec
Level 21
Expert Spider Rider
August 27, 2012, 2:53 pm

It all seems so simple now!

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

8391ice
Level 50
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".

thynder
Level 38
Artisan Modder
July 31, 2012, 6:23 am

This worked for me with a sphere with a diameter of 29.

HollandGamesHD
Level 35
Artisan Architect
May 31, 2012, 6:04 am

or just use worldedit

htrevor14
Level 17
Journeyman Artist
May 31, 2012, 5:32 am

So helpful!

mkisner328
Level 28
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...

LEGITxxPRINGLES
Level 1
New Crafter
May 30, 2012, 5:29 pm

or u could use mods JK

lentebriesje
Level 72
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

GadzooksTheImmortal
Level 1
New Miner
May 30, 2012, 11:37 am

Yay. Now I can make TNT spheres. *troll face*

8391ice
Level 50
Grandmaster Taco
May 30, 2012, 4:42 pm

LOL, oh God. :)

Arcchen
Level 21
Expert Pony
May 30, 2012, 10:52 am

The circles are actually pretty bad. But the spheres are okay.

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.

PhoenixStar117
Level 42
Master Dragon
May 30, 2012, 9:42 am

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!

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

minecraftworkers
Level 38
Artisan Zombie
May 30, 2012, 3:34 am

thanks dude realy realy helpfull diamonds to you

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

amars1545
Level 21
Expert Architect
May 29, 2012, 11:46 pm

Wow! You really taught me a lesson on how to make spheres. Thank you very much!

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

PhoenixStar117
Level 42
Master Dragon
May 29, 2012, 7:17 pm

BAD A$$

CrippledAssassin
Level 19
Journeyman Narwhal
May 29, 2012, 4:28 pm

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...

8391ice
Level 50
Grandmaster Taco
May 30, 2012, 2:21 am

Not everybody knows how to make spheres, mate... Who told you they did? >_>

leopardg1
Level 10
Journeyman Modder
May 29, 2012, 12:58 pm

... knew this already, and only been in MC 6 mo.

DatBlueGemOfAwsome
Level 2
Apprentice Miner
May 29, 2012, 11:18 am

All I can say is that this deserves the diamonds it has.

Donimus
Level 3
Apprentice Artist
May 29, 2012, 9:55 am

co za asy...

Sonicman832
Level 18
Journeyman Narwhal
May 29, 2012, 7:39 am

Step 1 to making a sphere? install singleplayercommands.
Nice tips though :P

bopart
Level 13
Journeyman Princess
May 28, 2012, 7:54 pm

Can you make a "How to Build Squares and Cubes?" I'm trying to build a giant cube but i don't know how.. :/

8391ice
Level 50
Grandmaster Taco
May 29, 2012, 2:13 am

This is the easiest cube ever:

1. Place any solid block down. You have your cube.

bopart
Level 13
Journeyman Princess
May 29, 2012, 2:57 pm

Thx, Great help, but how would you ddo a bigger cube?

8391ice
Level 50
Grandmaster Taco
May 29, 2012, 3:51 pm

How big do you want your cube to be?

bopart
Level 13
Journeyman Princess
May 29, 2012, 3:57 pm

8x8 Each Square

8391ice
Level 50
Grandmaster Taco
May 30, 2012, 2:48 pm

Put a line of 7 blocks right beside it. Then, place a column of 8 blocks in the clockwise direction. After that, just stack the entire base 7 times.

bopart
Level 13
Journeyman Princess
May 30, 2012, 3:00 pm

:D Thx! I made a cube outa dirt on a creative server and they really loved it! they told me: "Wow.. that looks awesome" "Erm, good job." etc. Thanks again!! Suscribed and diamonded :D

WodofGar
Level 1
New Explorer
May 31, 2012, 1:53 am

Trolololol...

Joelestral
Level 1
New Explorer
May 29, 2012, 7:41 am

lol, i'm diamonding this whole post simply for that one comment :P

CrippledAssassin
Level 19
Journeyman Narwhal
May 29, 2012, 4:29 pm

I hate you

Joelestral
Level 1
New Explorer
May 30, 2012, 7:57 am

you hate me why? oh, and i hate you too :P

CrippledAssassin
Level 19
Journeyman Narwhal
May 30, 2012, 10:46 am

Because you dont just give a diamond to a post because of a comment. thats one of the serious problems I have with PMC

8391ice
Level 50
Grandmaster Taco
May 31, 2012, 9:54 am

Hey, does Joelestral tell you how to live YOUR life?

Joelestral
Level 1
New Explorer
May 30, 2012, 9:32 pm

meh,
1. i was on the verge of giving a diamond anyways
2. you don't just hate someone because of that, thats one of the serious problema i have with people, they hate people for one thing :P

nopixelman
Level 21
Expert Archer
May 28, 2012, 11:22 pm

Wahaha xD

pyro1997
Level 44
Master Creeper Hugger
May 28, 2012, 5:42 pm

another thing of how to make circles, open your favorite image editing program, make a circle that's the same number of pixels in diameter as you need in minecraft, zoom in all the way, and copy that!

8391ice
Level 50
Grandmaster Taco
May 29, 2012, 2:16 am

Good thinking. Alright, so how will you do that in SMP?

pyro1997
Level 44
Master Creeper Hugger
May 29, 2012, 11:27 am

You just copy what you see, like first 3 pixels, 3 pixels, 2 pixels, 1 pixel, etc.
where you see a pixel in the image, you place a block in SMP. pure, simple, and kind of cheating (because you're using algorithms developed by people back when image editors were in their infancy).

eviltictac
Level 34
Artisan Spelunker
May 28, 2012, 5:24 pm

WAIT! Circles? In Minecraft? What. The. Absolute. Hell.
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[size=13px][color=rgb(34,34,34)]No only kidding. I knew how to do circles but I always had problems making spheres and this was actually really helpful so thank you.[/color][/size]

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