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 Post subject: Tony Fisher's (signed) GOLDEN CUBE auction
PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 5:12 pm 
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On Thursday 7th December two separate auctions start for some Christmas decorations. Each decoration is a shiny gold colour and will go with any decorations you may have. You could put them on top of a Christmas tree or perhaps hang them from the branches. Alternatively you could stand them on your mantel piece. Whether you purchase one or both I am sure you'll agree that they will make your home feel even more Christmasy than usual this year.
P.S. They can also be used as puzzles.

GOLDEN CUBE (special edition) auction NOW CANCELLED
The normal Golden Cube auction will go ahead as planned


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Wow, are those what I think they are!!! Those could be some expensive christmas decorations. Do the puzzles actually function (can you take off the top decoration)?

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Damn!!!!! They look lovely!!!!! I mean the DECORATIONS!!!! Is that a solid brass Golden Cube!!!!!!!!!!! Because it looks that way to me any way.


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Darren Grewe wrote:
Damn!!!!! They look lovely!!!!! I mean the DECORATIONS!!!! Is that a solid brass Golden Cube!!!!!!!!!!! Because it looks that way to me any way.
I think it's just painted solid gold.

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xcool wrote:
Darren Grewe wrote:
Damn!!!!! They look lovely!!!!! I mean the DECORATIONS!!!! Is that a solid brass Golden Cube!!!!!!!!!!! Because it looks that way to me any way.
I think it's just painted solid gold.


The parts might have been molded, and then he would have been able to mix gold colour in the resin (so the colour won't fade with use)

I guess I will never be able to get the money to buy one of thes, but I know I like the more regular cube better!


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The regular Golden Cube auction will finish one hour before the other. I am calling the other Cube a special edition Golden Cube. It was an experiment as much as anything else although I did make a second for myself. It is spray painted gold and the colour is very realistic. There is an issue with the paint wearing off but that is fully explained in the auction.


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i think it looks awesome :P


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gold golden cube=sexiest puzzle known to human kind :D :D :D :D :D


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*Drools*

I'd love to see this under OR ontop of my christmas tree :D

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Tony what would the gold plastic one look like with Black stickers on it?


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The gold plastic scrambled one looks very appealing, whereas the black plastic solved one seems more appealing to me.


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This is another puzzle I always wanted!
Not sure if I will recover in taime after winning Aleh's brillic though. :cry:
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I am always happy to offer people like yourself delayed payments Vadim. BTW Any chance of revealing your maximum bid on Aleh's puzzle? I am sure Reeeech would also be interested.

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Well... :oops: after a few beers I was brave enough to type in 1222.
I need more beers before the end of your auctions though, Tony! :D
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So my guess of about $1200 was not too bad :lol:


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The gold one looks like a gold nugget when scrambled. A nice rock to have sitting on display. I agree with Georges comments. Very nice Tony.

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CANCELLEATION NOTICE (PARTLY)

I regret to say that I feel it is necessary to cancel the auction for the special edition Golden Cube (the all gold one). Over the last few days I have been playing with my own and discovered the paint comes off quite easily. I had tested it briefly and it seemed OK. When Reeeech mentioned it though I thought I'd better fully check. I found out that even with a few hours use the paint starts to rub off. In addition if it is knocked aginst something like a remote control it also marks. I don't think it is acceptable to auction a puzzle that can't freely be used. The other "normal" Golden Cube will be auctioned as planned. I am very happy with its quality. Whatever I end up doing with the other one there will definately only be one Golden Cube available. There will be no more auctioned for at least 6 months.
Since I won't be using my other photos on the auction I will post them here. So, here are some photos of the puzzle I am NOT putting up for auction. sorry for the confusion.


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aww man! that's unfortunate.

Maybe if you ever get around to it, experiment with different colored plastics to achieve the same goal? or perhaps a different brand of paint?
(i have no ideas if either of these will work, just trying to give ideas)...

Funny, I'm sure people want it really bad and they wouldn't mind. But I know you, Tony, want to give the best possible work/puzzle to auction.

Great to see the different pictures though :D

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Is it possible to put a clear coat sealant on the paint to keep it from peeling, rubbing, or flaking off?

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I suppose it would be possible to cover the paint with something more resistant, but this puzzle is painted also in the inside, equivalent in this case of puting stickers there, and acording to people who have tested this, that doesn't work very good. I sadly believe the same effect would be attained when covering with some clear paint (that the inner parts will scrubb off anyway...)

I still think that the best solution would be the one I thought was used (gold coloured resin) At lest as far as retaining colour...


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i must say once again that it looks astonishing while scrambled :D just beautiful


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I don't want to sell an inferior puzzle and might change it into a normal Golden Cube for another auction towards the end of 2007. At present I will keep it as it is and don't plan on selling it.
I have experimented in the past with colouring resins and even adding metal powders or sand to get a different finish. This works if you get a perfect casting. If however you need to "clean up" with sand paper or fill in a few air bubble holes you end up with a messy looking finish.

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Then how about molding your own plastic sheets?

Sure, it would be a lot of work, but just hypothetically, do you think it would work better?


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Here's the video and some photos of the actual Golden Cube that will be auctioned.

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?doc ... 8321322009

For those who haven't seen it here's a link to the making of a previous Golden Cube.

viewtopic.php?t=4342&highlight=golden+cube


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Tony Fisher wrote:
For those who haven't seen it here's a link to the making of a previous Golden Cube.

viewtopic.php?t=4342&highlight=golden+cube


Just viewing that topic again, I found something odd (to me at least...) in one of your photos:

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What are those things that looks like holes in the molds?
If they are holes, how did you make them?
After molding, or during the molding? (Drilling or big "inset mold"?)
And why do you have them there?
What are they for?


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4 pieces require holes to allow the screws from the Skewb's central spider to poke through. The "hollow making" rubber lumps that are fixed to the glass before insertion into the resin filled moulds are shaped and positioned in such a way that they virtually touch the side of the mould. This creates a very thin area on the piece which can easily be broken making the hole.

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Nifty!

But I guess I should have thought it was something like that...

Why do you have to alter the pieces that much?
Is it so that the puzzle don't get too big, because I suppose it would be equally challenging/appealing had the slices been just a little bit different on the surface, as I suppose they would have been had the puzzle been a bit bigger...


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Haara, The easiest way to transform a Skewb is to remove the corner caps first so then you have a flat surface to build on.

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Haara wrote:
I suppose it would be equally challenging/appealing had the slices been just a little bit different on the surface, as I suppose they would have been had the puzzle been a bit bigger...


The skewb is a 'deep-cut' puzzle like the 2x2x2 cube: All the cutting planes go exactly through the centre of the puzzle. Such puzzles easily scale without changing its relative dimensions on the outside, just by building all the pieces up a bit further. The surface pattern will not change at all.

On the other hand, a 3x3x3 cube for example does not scale up so easily. Just building it up more will give you bigger outer layers but without making the inner layers wider. To change inner layer widths, you have to build it up very differently.

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Tony, have you ever tried to make a Golden Cube with a skewb keychain?

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a Golden Keychain Cube? :D neat


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xcool wrote:
Tony, have you ever tried to make a Golden Cube with a skewb keychain?


That would be REALLY cool, but Tony would have to re-mold all the smaller pieces. :(

Of course, if we're dreaming, it would be fun to see a giant Golden Cube based upon Tony's Giant Skewb, too!!


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