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Shapes using circular plaiting techniques

I am refering to this type of plaiting as circular, however, other shapes can be made. Here are the most basic forms.

Figures that have a central point.

These are basically round in shape as described previously in the sunburst example. They all have spokes and concentric circles progressing outward from a central point. Airplanes, balls, and hot air balloons are examples of things that take this form.

Figures that are basically round but have no central point.

These include skirts, and numerous other articles of clothing, lamp shades, and jet engines. Rather than starting with a central point, all of the spokes are attached to a rim.


Balloons are then added to the spokes in the same way that they are in objects with a central point.

rim with circles

See a video clip demonstrating the information on this page.

Figures that are square or rectangular.

Examples include cars, toy wagons, and boxes. Start with one edge, usually the front bumper of automobiles, or with a bottom edge of one end for the other shapes. You can either work outward in a circular fashion from one of those edges, or, start with only 3 spokes, and form a corner.

Flat square or rectangular shapes such as walls or murals.

Start with one edge. Essentially, spokes are added to one straight balloon, and more balloons are added to those spokes in a perpendicular direction. I find it easiest to do this with the first attached to something like a rod to hold it stiff. Unlike circular objects, there is no built-in support.

Freeform - everything else

Quite a bit more can be built by using those basic concepts. Most creations have some sort of round or tubular structure as a starting point. Then other balloons and shapes can easily be added to the solid structure.
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