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 Post subject: Yodor's Spheraminx
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:14 am 
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Hello everyone.
After posting some of my builds here.

I am now dedicating a new thread to my Spheraminx.

I started with one of these
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After sanding and carving with a dremel, filling the bubbles and holes in the pieces with epoxy, sanding, sanding some more. Putting some epoxy on the center caps (this is very important.. otherwise you will risk sanding the caps(especialy the corners of the caps) too thin. And then there will be no way back because all your pieces will already be sanded down too much. Sanding, sanding, sanding some more. I did what J├╝rgen Brandt did here.

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Covering a funnel or any other hollow conical shape with sandpaper on the inside. And then I just rotated the puzzle untill it was a full sphere. This was a very long process which I am not looking forward to doing again anytime soon. However, I probably will. Since there are several more variations of this, and other puzzles in a spherical form that I want to explore.

Then after smoothening everything out with epoxy, water, and some more sanding. I painted the pieces. This was the result:
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Now came the stickering part. This actually took me days to get right. The puzzle is fairly small. And so are the pieces. The fact that I rounded all the edges somewhat didn't help with stickering either. Because this leaves less room on the pieces where a sticker can be put. I had to replace some of the stickers more than 10 times. And every single sticker was cut by hand.

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This is as far as I have scrambled the puzzle untill now. Due to the irregular stickering, several pieces being identical and the several centers that need orientation, this puzzle would be very hard to solve. And right now I don't feel like really sitting down and giving it a serious try.
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The puzzle turns fine. Better than the puzzle it was made from actually. However, it is somehwat difficult sometimes to manipualte the puzzle because of the spherical shape and the smoothness of the stickers.


I've thought about stickering this puzzle like Thomas stickered his cubic megaminx here. But this would have taken away from the challenge it was to achieve the cube-like look on a sphere in an irregular way. Also, you would solve it in basicly the same manner as thomas' puzzle. And it would basicly be a spherical hexaminx. I might still make a spheraminx with that kind of sticker arrangement in the future though.


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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:16 am 
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:o so perfect sphirical:D

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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:52 am 
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Well done - that's a very impressive mod.

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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:33 am 
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Looks fabulous and I like the choice of sticker layout :)


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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:16 am 
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The way you stickered it would definitely make it very challenging. Nice work, you definitely have skill.


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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:28 am 
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Beautifully stickered. Beautifully made. Good job.

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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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Nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:26 pm 
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Interesting stickering scheme, for sure. Nice puzzle.


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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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Wow. I LOVE the stickering. Perfect result.


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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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that is B-E-A-UTIFUL!


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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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amazing!

will you be selling it?

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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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I would never make this :P Sorry for this comment, but they are produced in poland for 30 dollars, so I rather buy one than building for hours :)

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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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that thing is awesome! I'd like to see one made from a prominx.

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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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I'd love to see this stickered with a World map "color scheme" :scrambled: :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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Really cool.
This mod has stayed on my TODO-list for a way to lang time now. I think I will simply delete it.


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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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Great job Yodor!
I love the way you stickered it.
Especially that non of your stickers bubbled up!
Juft fantastic! :D
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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:59 am 
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Thanks for the compliments.



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I would never make this :P Sorry for this comment, but they are produced in poland for 30 dollars, so I rather buy one than building for hours :)


No need to apologise. I build things because I enjoy building them. I do this for fun. If you see the building process as an obstacle I think you should not be building at all. I knew about the ballminx ever since it was posted. I also built the domino even though they are widely available. Even if you want a stickered one you could just buy one of Garret's domino copies instead of going through the hassle of the Fisher cuboid method.

It all depends on the way you look at it I guess..



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amazing!

will you be selling it?

This exact one? Probably not. It would have to be a hefty price. I am going to make several more though.


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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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Awesome build, great job - I love the irregular stickering - There's a lot of scope to change the functionality of puzzles just through the stickering.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work. Well done.

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 Post subject: Re: Yodor's Spheraminx
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Sven wrote:
I would never make this :P Sorry for this comment, but they are produced in poland for 30 dollars, so I rather buy one than building for hours :)


Not to take away from Yodor's wonderful build, but I thought I'd post a few pictures of th Ball-b here. One of the covers popped off last night so I decided to open it. It is NOT the same as Yodor's puzzle inside. Movement wise, I don't think it is the same either, but I am having a hard time visualizing Yodor's twists today. On the Ball-b, the light grey pieces are fused together. The one advertised for the younger kids is easier to see this on, so it's the one that has been partially dismantled.

Just the center cap removed. It has pegs that hold it in place and they very easily come out.
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A couple of pieces taken out. You can see the large light grey fused pieces easily.
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One layer taken off.
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It's not really a megaminx inside. It has a hard ball instead.

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I was just reading the box: "Ball b is NOT suitable for playing football, throwing, kicking or bouncing. DO NOT throw into water." Do you think the producers have watched Tony's 7x7x7 football video?

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