Joined Basket #022 Sweetheart

This Sweetheart basket is made to resemble the small silver scent boxes, that Scandinavian girls were given as love tokens by their fiancé in the period around the year 1800. The crown does not refer to royalty. It symbolises that the girl when married shall be the sovereign queen of the household. It is important that the crown is closed and not pointed. A closed crown indicates sovereignty. If the crown is open it refers to the crown worn by a bride and indicates a proposal.

The heart is made just like any other joined heart. However using a little more gluing than usual. This is because the slid used for joining is very short. It pays to crease and then glue stick together the two pieces that form each half of the heart before joining. Line them up carefully considering that the central line should not show the inner piece where not planned and fix with glue. Cut the short joining slids as deep as you dare without separating the piece. Take care that one should be from the top and one from below. Join with caution. Line up the two parts so that the patterns of the small squares are aligned and there is no opening at the central line. Fix with glue. Add the handle you prefer.

And files for cutting: joined 022 cut 1 ; joined 022 cut 2 ; joined 022 cut 3 ; joined 022 cut 4

4 thoughts on “Joined Basket #022 Sweetheart

  1. These really are the bees knees! You are so clever! Going to have a little go this afternoon to see if I can make mine anywhere near as good. Thanks so much for sharing! I do love papercraft.

    • Have fun! Joining is a little bit tricky. But don’t despair if the narrow slip of paper at the point of joining should split. You may make up for that with a little more gluing. I chose this location because it was the best for lining up the heart.

  2. Det er da en sjov ide: et hovedvandsæg. Det er fantastisk flot, og både så det traditionelle bliver tilgodeset og alligevel helt sit eget.

    • Visiting Rome I noticed that images of saints quite often had been offered metal plated hearts very much in the style of this heart. They looked very old. They were not containers. They had an open crown and in addition flames behind it. Also the heart was not quite symmetrical. You were still able to buy these hearts in the ‘Arte Sacre’ establishments near the Pantheon. I learned that these hearts are ex-voto and given as a votive offering to a saint or divinity. It is given in fulfilment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for “ex voto suscepto”, or “from the vow made”) or in gratitude or devotion. Ex-votos are placed in a church or chapel where the worshipper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks. It is interesting to imagine how this image long ago may have travelled from the catholic south Europe to the protestant North and during this voyage the receiver changed from saint to adored sweetheart. Or maybe it is just a coincidence?

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