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A wikipedia search shows how pervasive the idea of string is across science, mathematics and music.


The manufacture of string dates back to prehistoric times with earliest examples being made from vines and other plant materials.


This string is made from a series of strands twisted together in order to combine them into a stronger form. Common natural fibres used to make string include hemp, linen, cotton, coir, jute, and sisal. Synthetic fibres such as polypropylene, nylon and polyesters are also used.  

Twisted string is built up in steps. First fibres are gathered and spun into yarns. A number of these yarns are then formed into strands by twisting and the strands are then wound together to make the length of string.


The multi layered ball offers an interesting challenge to the draughtsman trying to depict the interactions of the various layers as they cross and curl. The texture of the thread, the shadows and highlights, as well as the thickness and tone of each strand, must be recorded as it overlaps and curves around the ball.

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