Hi, I took a perfectly good 6-color Alexander's Star and made a sticker mod, which I've been wanting to do for a LONG time!
Taking the 30 year old original stickers off the puzzle was really tough! Man, did they use some excellent adhesive back in 1982
. Luckily some Goo Gone
did the trick.
Stickers are from Oliver's shop; you'll notice I didn't use the 12 colors he suggested in his 12-color set. I wanted to copy the mf8 color scheme. I subbed the brown color for a lighter yellow. One thing I really liked about the die cut on Oliver's stickers is that he rounded off the pointy corners of the acute angles. Those of you who have well-worn Alexander's Stars know how those little pointy corners peel up.
Boy did it come out nice. I would have preferred an even lighter yellow and got a bit of a brighter orange than I wanted, otherwise it's very nice!
I tried to make a video but I'm really bad at videos and didn't have a script ready so I just showed all the sides without saying anything.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APKpNdLbNr0
I lubed the puzzle with some silicone spray and it turns easy. There's one part in the video where you can see me turning it with one finger so you can tell how easy it is to move.The solve is the same as a regular Alexander's Star except you don't get the "parity" error that you sometimes get on 6-colored dodecahedron puzzles.
EDIT: See below; you do get the parity error. How to solve this one?
Here are some pics. I didn't show all 12 sides but those of you familiar with the mf8 color scheme ought to be able to figure out the rest.