An homage to my hand made shape modifications and their builders
The reason why I write this is a Ghost
I have to admit it became a lengthy monography. I hope that some will like it.
My first custom made puzzle was a shape modification, a Trajber's Octahedron casted by David Calzone.
I adored people who could make such wonderful things.
As of today, I'm still full of affection for handmade puzzles.
In May 2010 I have got my last for quite a while, before I could not resist Traiphum's offer for a handmade Hexaminx.
I received it in November 2013 and posted here
Somehow I got infected by the virus of custom handmade puzzles again.
In January another wonderful Traiphum puzzle, his Megamorphix, arrived and I posted here
Here are the two together
At the last day of the last year a coloured Ghost Cube from Hungab
The original Ghost Cube
from Adam G. Cowan
) was always a special thing for me.
I bought it three years ago from Taylor
Therefore, I thought that the coloured version would be a nice companion for it.
(Adam announced a Shapeways version here
I'll tell more details about the Ghosts in a seperate post below.
When Hungab offered his Hexagonal Dipyramid at Ebay, I bit the bait another time.
It arrived at December 25th (!) at the customs office in Franfurt (Germany). It lived there well over a month. I got already nervous and wrote emails to Deutsche Post (German mail service) but they informed me that this is quite normal after Christmas. It arrived together with a letter from Deutsche Post that they will investigate the case further
Now they are safe in our house together:
When I took this photo with my four recent shapemod puzzles
I thought I should go on and write an homage to all
my custom made shape modifications and their builders.
I made this photo first
To your left you find three casted puzzles from Josh Bostick (member Josh B
1. 3x3x3 Cubeoctahedron with 14 colours
2. 3x3x3 Icosahedron
3. 3x3x3 Dodecahedron
Josh was very active at that time, but he has not posted lately.
In the centre of the photo you see my most recent additions
4. Hexaminx from Traiphum
5. 4x4x4 Megamorphix from Traiphum
6. 3x3x3 Ghost Cube from Hungab
7. 4x4x4 Hexagonal Dipyramid from Hungab
To the front you see my very first custom made puzzle
8. 3x3x3 Trajber's Octahedron from David Calzone
And the only 3D-printed puzzle, my original Ghost Cube from Adam / Geert / Anthony / Taylor /Frank .
And last but not least I added four handmade puzzles from pinoycuber27
and the Draken from volker25670
To your left:
9. 3x3x3 Half Truncated Cube
10. Truncated 2x2x2
11. 3x3x3 Confused Pillow Cube
12. 3x3x3 Astral Cube (the last two names I got from pinoycuber27 and they are not known in the Museum)
To your front/right
13. Draken from Volker (Pyraminx truncated)
It is such a pleasure to touch the smooth surface and feel their weight in my hands. I'm really fond of these jewels and I admire their builders. (Obviously some more than others
I'll not tell more.)
I have added a lot of Shapeways puzzles since I got my first handmade Traijber's Octahedron and naturally I like them, too. Many are much more sophisticated than the 3x3x3 shape modifications, but I miss the touch and feel of the casted puzzles. Maybe a time will come where heavy and smooth 3D printed puzzles become a standard. Talking about smoothness: My Bubbloid122 from Carl (wwwmwww), tumbled by Brandon (bmenrigh) is as smooth as I can dream for.
And the weight of the 3D printed Ghost is really nice.