An Xmas tribute to Escher’s Sphere

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I’ve got an idea of a very artistic way to decorate a christmas tree. It is DIY. You can easily create an amazing bauble that imitates the look of Escher’s famous reflecting sphere. There are two ways to choose from.

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The option number one. The easiest one. You have to find an old bauble that you are not going to use anymore (you know: it can be out of fashion or has the paint that has crumbled out). Then print out this template (it is better to use thin type of paper):

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Sphere_cutout_template1.pdf

It was designed for a bauble with a half length of circumferencee that is equal to 120 mm. To determine the lenght you have to measure a distance from the North pole of the bauble to the South one. In a case the distance is roughly 120 mm all is perfectly fine. Otherwise you need to adjust the template (that is simple, you only have to scaled it a little bit). Or you can choose the second way to create the sphere (look below).

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Cut out all the pieces…

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Use a glue to fix the pieces on the bauble’s surface. At the end you should get the tribute to the Escher’s Sphere

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The second option is to create your own sphere from a scratch. It is a little bit more complicated, but don’t worry it would provide you more fun as well.

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Use some dense (but not too much) paper. Print out the second cutout template:

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Sphere_cutout_template2.pdf

As you’ve already noticed: the pieces are quite the same, but feature some corners for glue. By utilizing them a whole sphere can be created, they help to connect the pieces into a solid spherical structure.

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Piece by piece, section by section the sphere can be created. Be patient, there no need to hasten, all will be okay. It is easier at the beginning and a little bit tricky at the very end. The last section is always captious, but you will master it.

Don’t forget to use a yarn to put your bauble on the Christmas tree

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