How to twist a complex shape in Inkscape?


Question

I have a shape derived from the letter i:

the shape

Each of the blue “waves” and the two orange crosslinks are a path, the dot is a circle.

I want to make the shape derived from a script i instead, following roughly a curve like this one below the dot:

a curve

I tried using Pattern along path, but it ended up doing strange distortions and not what I imagined:

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It is OK if it can’t be done at once, but I need to apply the same effect to all of the four paths in my shape, or maybe only to the two blue paths – I can somehow arrange the orange paths afterwards. But the blue paths are complicated, with many points, and I don’t think I will get a good effect if I try to bend them by hand.

Any ideas how to do it, if it’s possible at all?

If you want to play with the SVG original, I uploaded the source on pastebin.

This is not the same question as this one. I assume that it is because of my complex shape instead of a simple rectangle – the solutions there don’t work for me.


Update Wrzlprmft's method produced this when used with a two-loop segment traced with Bezier curves:

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Beside the strange squish, I'm still looking for a way to use it with an existing combination of curves, instead of having to redraw them using other methods.

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4/13/2017 12:46:00 PM

I just fully describe what I did to achieve something similar. You need to see which steps you can skip or need to adapt.

  1. Create a rectangle.

    enter image description here

  2. Use Extensions → Render → Function Plotter with these settings.

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  3. Duplicte the result and shift it horizontally as desired.

  4. Select both.
  5. Path → Combine (you can also add your orange lines here).
  6. Create your ι.

    enter image description here

  7. Make sure your helix is on top (press Pos1 after having selected it).

  8. Select your ι and your helix.
  9. Use Pattern along path with Single or Single, stretched and Snake.
  10. Remove the ι.

    enter image description here

Afterwards you may want to uncombine everything and give the single objects the desired style (probably done quickest with Paste Style).

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11/7/2014 6:53:00 PM

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