Modeling Buckyball Molecules with African Hexastrip Weaves Page 2
If the weave is flat, then it is simply a hexagonal lattice.This is much like the structure of graphite flat hex weave

Graphite: stacks of hexagonal layers (which is why it is slippery; the layers can slide).

graphite


pentagonal hole
When they want to make a corner, the weavers introduce a pentagonal hole


A few pentagonal holes make corners for this flat bottom (Mozambique)

Sepak
This Malaysian ball is nothing but corners!

Now we are ready to weave our model of the buckyball using paper strips. The African weaving technique can create the folds you will need (click here to try it) but its faster to just use our printed form. If your teacher did not already provide the strips:

print out this form (ideally using a color printer) print-out of instructions (only if you need a hardcopy; otherwise just go to the next page)
Now cut out your 6 strips, and then follow the instructions on the Next Page (includes instructional video!) >>