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 Post subject: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:57 pm 
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Hello Puzzlers,

I have a very different puzzle for you today, based on the pentacle. A pentacle is an amulet representing the pentagram, which is a symbol of faith for Wiccans, much like the cross for Christians, or the Star of David for Jews.

In this case, the pentacle was a natural for making into a puzzle, since it is often shown with different colors at the five points of the star. These colors represent the elements that make up the world in the Wiccan tradition. They are spirit (white), water (blue), fire (red), earth (green), and air (yellow). The circle around the star represents wholeness and unity, and binds the elements together to create life. For the puzzle, one side has the elements intertwined in a clockwise fashion, and on the other side they are counterclockwise. This makes the puzzle a little bit trickier to solve than it might first seem, although it is still a very simple puzzle.

You can buy the Pentacle puzzle at my Shapeways shop. Note that you will also need to buy this model for the colored pieces that are inset into the frame.

Here is the video of the Pentacle puzzle.

Finally, here are a few pictures of the Pentacle puzzle:
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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:59 pm 
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It's funny how you didn't mention "pentagonal floppy cube" once in your topic :P Nice puzzle !!

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:09 pm 
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I think I know what my next puzzle purchase is going to be.

I have two questions:
1. What is the diameter?
2. Would you be willing to add a small loop to one of the points so the puzzle could be worn as a pendant?

Anyways, an awesome and beautiful puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:47 pm 
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RubixFreakGreg wrote:
It's funny how you didn't mention "pentagonal floppy cube" once in your topic
Whoops, I actually do have that in the description in my Shapeways shop.
Jeffery Mewtamer wrote:
1. What is the diameter?
The Pentacle puzzle is two inches in diameter, and a bit less than an inch thick in the center.
Jeffery Mewtamer wrote:
2. Would you be willing to add a small loop to one of the points so the puzzle could be worn as a pendant?
This could certainly be done. Let me know if you would want this based on the size of the puzzle.

Thanks for the compliments, they're always nice to read!

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:56 pm 
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This is such a beautiful puzzle. I also feel like this is a puzzle which needs a two layered version of it. But it is really good looking. I have a feeling that this puzzle will be wanted by a lot of members on this forum, myself included. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:26 pm 
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I love it! I really like that each piece is meaningful.

I wish it could be slightly bigger than it is although it's already very nice and I'm seriously considering having one.


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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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Very nice! This is probably the second-simplest puzzle you've ever made, right? :)

(I wish the center piece had all five colors on it though. :P)


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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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Jared wrote:
I wish the center piece had all five colors on it though.
I too was sort of curious why it didn't.

I also like the creative use of Full Color Sandstone to remove the need for stickers. I've never used this material so I'm also curious how well it holds up. Will it discolor or wear down with use?

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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Jared wrote:
I wish the center piece had all five colors on it though.
I looked at a few different options for doing this, but everything I came up with seemed a bit "forced" to me. Plus, most pentacles that I looked at actually left the center pentagon open, so I decided that the simplicity of a white center was best.
Jared wrote:
I also like the creative use of Full Color Sandstone to remove the need for stickers. I've never used this material so I'm also curious how well it holds up. Will it discolor or wear down with use?
The sandstone material does scratch relatively easily. I have a sample that I sprayed with a clear coating, and that works very well to protect it. If the puzzle is going to be used very often, or worn or carried in a pocket, it should probably be given a protective spray coating. Any clear coat (such as Rustoleum or Krylon) will do.

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:52 pm 
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Very nice puzzle! I also like the way you used full colour sandstone. I wonder if you could print tiles for a puzzle in the same way. I designed a puzzle similar to this a little while ago, except it was pentagonal. I hope to print it soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:45 am 
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Really nice puzzle, I also vote for a two-layer version.


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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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Very nice!
What kind of materials did you used? It seems a bit "soft".
It'll be nice with 5 colours tough,for the 5 colours on the center will be a symbol of a balance of the 5 colours.


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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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gal_eon wrote:
Really nice puzzle, I also vote for a two-layer version.
Already exists:
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pkey=2935


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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:29 pm 
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While the two layer version already exists, I think it would look much better with the Pentacle's Double-convex lens shape and spiral tiles.

And, while it is a little on the large side, I still want to wear one as a pendant.

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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Jeffery Mewtamer wrote:
And, while it is a little on the large side, I still want to wear one as a pendant.
I could do this in a couple of ways. I could either put a hole straight through the white point of the star which will end up around the center of the point, or I could add a hanging tab to the top of the white point. The hanging tab would allow the cord or chain to lay in the same plane as the pendant, while putting a hole through the point would require the cord to sit in a plane perpendicular to the pendant. What's your preference?

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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The hanging tab sound like the most aesthetically pleasing option. Now if only I could find room in my budget to buy it now instead of waiting until the end of may.

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 7:05 pm 
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Here's a rendering of how the Pentacle Puzzle will look with a hanging bead. The hole through the bead is .08" (or about 2mm):
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If you like this, I'll put it up in my Shapeways shop.

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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David Pitcher wrote:
Here's a rendering of how the Pentacle Puzzle will look with a hanging bead. The hole through the bead is .08" (or about 2mm):
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If you like this, I'll put it up in my Shapeways shop.

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I don't think that hole is big enough, well depending on what type of necklace you will be using, because take a a military dog tag chain for example which is 2.5mm it will not fit


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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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xGATOxMALOx wrote:
I don't think that hole is big enough, well depending on what type of necklace you will be using, because take a a military dog tag chain for example which is 2.5mm it will not fit
Thanks for the info, that's exactly what I needed to know! I've updated the model to fit 2.5mm ball chain, which is typically used for dog tags. Of course it will fit smaller chains or cords as well. Here's a new image:
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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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Looks good, and I agree that a dog tag ball chain is a good standard to base the hole size on. The 23rd cannot get here quick enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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David Pitcher wrote:
xGATOxMALOx wrote:
I don't think that hole is big enough, well depending on what type of necklace you will be using, because take a a military dog tag chain for example which is 2.5mm it will not fit
Thanks for the info, that's exactly what I needed to know! I've updated the model to fit 2.5mm ball chain, which is typically used for dog tags. Of course it will fit smaller chains or cords as well. Here's a new image:
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Yeah np it is funny cause I was checking info the other day to make my own pendent to hang it on a chain like that


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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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Basically, this is a pentagonal floppy. Neat. I always felt that it would be more possible to deeply scramble a pentagon floppy than it is a square one. Slightly more of a challenge.

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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 9:27 am 
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The Pentacle Pendant Puzzle is now available for sale in my shop.

Enjoy!
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 Post subject: Re: Pentacle Puzzle
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Very nice puzzle, keep up the good work !

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