United States Patent  [ii] Patent Number: 4,773,182
Weder et al.  Date of Patent: Sep. 27, 1988
 Appl. No.: 4,275
 Filed: Jan. S, 1987
Related U.S. Application Data
 Continuation of Ser. No. 613,080, May 22, 1984, abandoned.
 Int. CI* A01G 9/02
 U.S. CI 47/72; 428/35
 Field of Search 47/66, 72; Dl 1/143,
Dl 1/152, 153; 428/35
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560532 4/1975 Switzerland 47/72
Primary Examiner—Alexander S. Thomas
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Dunlap, Codding & Peterson
An article forming system for forming at least one sheet of material into an article, such as a decorative flower pot cover for example, and a novel article formed utilizing such a system. The article forming system includes a male die, a female die and a platform having a support surface and an opening extending through the support surface. The female die is disposed generally within the opening in the platform with the upper end of the female die being disposed near the support surface. The article forming system includes means for slidingly holding portions of the sheet of material generally against portions of the support surface while permitting such held portions to slide on the support surface during the forming of the article for cooperating in forming a decorative border on the decorative flower pot cover type of article which flares generally away from the flower pot object when the decorative flower pot cover article is applied to the flower pot. The article formed in accordance with the present invention includes overlapping folds formed by overlapping portions of the sheet of material to bring portions of the sheet of material into bondable contact, the overlapping folds providing the mechanical strength necessary for the formed sheet of material to hold a predetermined shape thereby permitting the utilization of thinner sheets of material to form articles.
10 Claims, 4 Drawing Sheets