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 Post subject: Magic Jewel and Rhombic dodecahedron finished
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2002 5:35 am 
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I finally managed to make these two puzzles. On the dodec, the three and four point pyramids are hand crafted originals both taking a week each to painstakingly file down and craft. I had to make these perfect, probably got a little too perfectionist over it but I am very happy with the final result.

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 Post subject: Beautiful
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2002 1:50 pm 
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Really nice! I love the perfect planes and sharp edges. Are these cast puzzles or build-ups? Did you start from Rubik's Cube and Pyraminx? Nice colors, too.


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 Post subject: Wow...
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2002 2:06 pm 
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They look cool. Really is a masterpiece.

I was always wondering, where do you get the stickers from for your creations though?

Vadim


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 Post subject: Jewel is Not What I Thought
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2002 7:15 am 
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For years I have thought that the the Magic Jewel, or Christoph's Jewel, was the same puzzle as the Meffert's Tetraminx. Not so! Lovely.


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 Post subject: Great job!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2002 1:42 pm 
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Great job, Wayne.

BTW, how many hours do you think you put into them overall? I suspect that in that respect they are almost priceless.

Doug.


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 Post subject: what do you think of them?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2002 1:43 pm 
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Hi Wayne,

Now that you have made these gorgeous puzzles, what do you think of them as overall designs? How challenging are they? Which of your handmade puzzles have you found as interesting to turn, scramble, and solve as they are to look at?

- Peter


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 Post subject: Pieces
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2002 1:50 pm 
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Thanks, Carter. The dodec has a 3x3x3 core and the Jewel has an octaherdon core (centre block). The custom tips on the dodec were made once as a master and all pieces were cast from that.

The master is never used in the final puzzle but kept for future molds.


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 Post subject: Stickers
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2002 2:06 pm 
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The sticker sheets were kindly supplied by a friend, but it was manufactured by 3M. You can find the products here in tape form, although it is available in sheet form:

http://products.mmm.com/us/auto_marine_aero/products/aad.jhtml?powurl=GSW72ZWPZHbeGSLPLPKL4XgeGST1T4S9TCgvPKD7VS0CHGgl


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 Post subject: Re: Magic Jewel and Rhombic dodecahedron finished
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2002 2:01 am 
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You never fail to astound me, Wayne. Great job, once again.

Sandy


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 Post subject: Fantastic puzzles
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2002 3:10 am 
Congratulations! Both puzzles look fantastic.

By the way did you see Nick Baxter's recent puzzle auction? An original Magic Jewel went for $311!

regards, Steve


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 Post subject: Jewel auction?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2002 4:13 am 
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Steve, was this an Ebay auction where the Magic Jewel was sold? If so, do you have the item number for this auction?

Doug.


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 Post subject: Kind of
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2002 7:15 am 
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Its the same principle. The Mefferts puzzle is a pyraminx with the tips chopped off, and this is an octahedron with the tips chopped off. So, depending on the angle you saw the puzzle at you could definitely be forgiven.


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 Post subject: Hours
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2002 1:42 pm 
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Well, the first one always takes the longest. Crafting the holder piece took about 3 days to get right. The corner and top pieces of the dodec took a week each. Making molds takes about a week, and casting can be a week. So maybe 3 weeks to a month on the first dodec. Potentially I could make one now in a few days but you'd have to have the drive to do it, which I don't. :)


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 Post subject: Challenges
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2002 1:43 pm 
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If you can solve the octahedron, then this is the same thing. The dodec is a little harder. You have to try and ignore the shape and solve like a rubik's cube, but you have to take centres into account this time, and polarity errors caused by the "edges".


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 Post subject: Not an ebay auction
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2002 4:13 am 
Doug,

It was an auction held on Nicks personal website. It was, I believe, published on John Rausch's puzzle world site and Cleverwood's site but in very few other places.

regards, Steve


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