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back preceding technique Basket making and wickers  
Traditionelle basket making at 1/1 scale is made of wicker (or cane for more facility) and is composed of the bottom, uprights vertical, horizontal strands and border.
At 1/12 scale , the horizontal strands can be replaced by fine string or linen thread and the stem by paper covered wire or other rigid and flexible twig.
Basic braiding points
- 1 - Simple
- 2 - Double
- 3
  - 4 - Torch or cord (to reinforce or for a decorative relief): with 3 strands, 4 strands 2/2 or 4 strands 1/3.
- 5 - Weaving 2 by 2 or 3 by 3.
braiding weaving points   I made all braiding in dyed kitchen string.

With double point one can work with an even number of stems.
miniature wicker basket
Round bottom baskets

1 - Traditional starting with 7 or 8 crossed stems.
Here the stems are made from wire covered with a band of kraft paper, it is more flexible.    
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Crossed with 9 stems for an oval bottom   start basket making
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2 - Flat-bottomed basket    
miniature wicker basket   - Starting from a flat bottom.
The stems are fixed in holes in a wooden bottom.

- Or starting bottomless, insert the stems in a small bit of foamboard (the crocheted round bottom is stuck at the end)

(Here the stem are out of fine cane)

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The traditional edge would be too difficult at 1/12 scale, here it is made with a chain, a braid or a twist.
Rectangular basket    
A method for starting without drilling 20 or 30 holes in the wooden bottom.   Here, the stems are from florist wire that I painted in brown.
a - Insert the stems in a bit of foamboard.
b - Make some rows in double point (with 2 strand it is possible to work with a even number of stems).
If required, make an openwork with a paper band, and put a little of glue on the first and on the last but one rows.
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c - On top : cut right or glue an edge.
On bottom, stick a chain or a braid for a clear completion.
  d - Fill the bottom by sticking a balsa rectangle or a crocheted rectangle .
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    Suitcase with the same method.
Armchairs : a little more difficult.    
Weaving in fine string dyes and stems from wire covered with brown paper, for a well bent form. Combination of openworks and other points.   miniature wicker chair
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