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What is a paper heart basket?
||A heart basket consists of two slitted paper strips woven
together. It looks as though the strips are inseparably combined, which
of course would be impossible unless they had been cut and reattached.
How to make
a heart basket
First cut two paper strips from colored construction
paper and round off the ends. The ratio of width to length should be about
1:3.5, e.g. 8 cm x 28 cm. Fold the strips in half and cut 3 slits through
the folds, slightly longer than the width of the strip.
||Insert the strips alternately through the loops formed
in the strips of the other piece.
||...and continue to weave...
||...until all the strips have been inserted into each
other. Now you can see why it's called a heart basket.
The basket works fine with a larger number of slits as
well, but the weaving just takes a little longer.
||If the work was done properly, the top and bottom halves
of the basket can now be unfolded. You can use the basket to give somebody
||Topologically speaking, the paper strips are not "really"
woven through each other. They cannot be combined as in the diagram on
the left without being cut and reattached.
|The construction depends on the fact that "merely" inserting
the strips through each other results in as much strength as a true woven
on the Internet top
Paper Heart Baskets
Per V. Mortensen
Paper Heart for Christmas & Valentine's Day
This article was submitted by Christopher Hamkins.
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