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 Post subject: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:19 am 
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Scandium is the latest in my Elemental series, and is an extension of the Elemental:Fluorine design much like Sulfur and Argon are extensions of Neon and Beryllium-10.
Where Aluminum Heart was 1/3rd of the extension, Scandium extends all axes.
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I have wanted to use the tortoise shell acrylic for some time now and this was a nice excuse. It is transparent, so I had to build it over a white body to have it look right.

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:32 am 
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Aren't you missing a few bits?

Like a name.....

and a date.....

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:11 am 
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katsmom wrote:
Aren't you missing a few bits?

Like a name.....

and a date.....
Indeed, Rox does need her complete set :)

I forgot to note: To get the most symmetrical design I made the image just large enough to have the outer circles centered where the outer pieces meet.

I had a slightly smaller version where the inner circle stayed in the area of the pieces, but it meant the outer circles were centered closer.

The advantage of the more symmetrical version is of course the visual balance of many pieces being identical but for rotations, but this is also its disadvantage: There are six pairs of pieces (e.g. the two bottom most pieces) that can swap with the symmetrical design that would have been distinct with the smaller version.

One of the nice things about using the tortoise shell is that otherwise identical pieces can be distinguished based on how I configured the puzzle: The top circle is the lightest, the left bottom darkest and the right bottom is in the middle. So for each pair of "identical" pieces you can distinguish them by how light or dark they are.

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:20 am 
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Wow is it wooden pieces!? So beautiful! Regret...... :(


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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:29 am 
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otischeng wrote:
Wow is it wooden pieces!? So beautiful!
It does look a bit like wood, but it is acrylic made to look like the translucent shell of a tortoise.
Here are some pictures of tests I was doing to see how it would look over white acrylic:
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The last picture is of a number of materials and the tortoise shell on the bottom. It has the protective film on it so you can't really see how nice it looks.
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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:09 pm 
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Beautiful.

And I couldn't resist to ask this:
Why haven't you given us links to here?
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/pdb-se ... inv&key=45


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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:27 pm 
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Very classy! This puzzle looks phenomenally sleek and professional; absolutely marvellous. Well done Dave! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:33 pm 
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Thanks Dave!
Still waiting for chromium

That's number 7! 8 if I ever put that DIY together. :lol: hmmm I'm thinking Christmas project.

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
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Nice :D . Hmm the material doesn't really looks like wood, (like almost), but the dessign on it looks like if it was sculpted in wood tough :P .

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:58 pm 
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I have recently completed another Scandium (for Klara, who posted about it here), and with it explored quite a bit of new territory in back etched color mirror and complex inking.

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The full set of pictures can be found on my flickr set here.

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
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May I ask where you get your materials? My family owns a laser engraver for our trophy shop and the only acrylic we have in a useable thickness is white and light blue and I haven't really been able to find a good source for a good variety of acrylics.

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:01 am 
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Most of my acrylic I get from the local TAP plastics store. Sometimes their scrap bin has interesting bits, for example the brushed aluminum of the Scandium pieces (and Adam Zamora's early Neon) was from two 4"x4" squares I found there. The recent brushed/hatched mirror I used for Zzupler's Elementals was from TAP as well, I have many 1'x1' sheets of that (why not grab what I could?).

But much of the fancy acrylic I have had to custom order. The nice marble and stone materials comes from Galaxy Plastic and much of my colored mirror comes from Delvies.
Some mirror I found at ePlastics, but it was all in large sheets, so I bought their mirror sample set as the pieces I needed (Scandium plunger tops) were really small.

The black mirror came from Sloane's Woodshop. They didn't have black mirror for a long time but when they bought a big sheet I was able to get a small piece.

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Scandium
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:07 am 
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I had the privileged of seeing some of this work in person. It's world-class, top-notch stuff. Dave really goes the extra-mile to make these puzzles works of art.

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