Drawing a Flame Finial
I’ve been asked several times to show how to draw a flame finial. Here’s one way to do it. I used three different plugins for this; Tools on Surface, Weld, and Extrude Edges by Rails. I created the finial shown above in the video. It took about five minutes to draw it and is shown in real time. I had a little trouble with the audio so you might want to turn the volume down at the beginning.
By making components of the surfaces before copying them to complete the finial the file size of the final shown in the video ended up at 129 Kb.
This finial is a variation in which I rotate/copied the original helix through 75° and then made another copy at 90° from the first so that the concave area is quite wide and the ridge is narrow. You could play with different shapes for the overall profile and different angles of rotation to get a different appearance.