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 Post subject: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:02 pm 
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Just a few words to describe its features:

- Two 2-tile complete triaflip puzzle.
- Tiles have angles now and they never go off-set.
- Strings are neither too loose nor too tight, they are just right.
- Two solutions (as shown in pics), one tetrahedron and one half octahedron.
- The rule is simple, make a tetrahedron or a half octahedron, such that no triangle of a specific color
shares a corner or a side with a triangle of the same color.
- Seven colors used to make it complex and colorful enough.
- Ready to enter any puzzle competition. :-)


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Video (Quicktime, around 15 Mb) showing the movement and how glamorous it looks like.

Click HERE to view it.

:)


Pantazis


PS Iris is a cute puzzle, but beware of another puzzle coming soon, which is not a folding one,
i.e. the fearsome... "Cubedron"! ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:50 pm 
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Fantastic, as usual Panda.

Does this mean the Cubedron is more of a traditional twisty puzzle than a folding puzzle?

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 6:13 pm 
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How come I can never watch any of your videos? I have QT, and it's on. Hm....

Great puzzle though!

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 7:18 pm 
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Siraj A. wrote:
How come I can never watch any of your videos? I have QT, and it's on. Hm....

Great puzzle though!



It won't play until it's fully loaded. Leave it open in a new tab for a bit, when you start hearing noises, goto the tab and watch.

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:30 am 
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Taylor wrote:
It's basicallt two seperate parts that together you find a solution!


Exactly! ;)



Noah wrote:
Does this mean the Cubedron is more of a traditional twisty puzzle than a folding puzzle?


Yes it does, but it is still very different from all those puzzles we have seen in the past. :)


Siraj A. wrote:
How come I can never watch any of your videos? I have QT, and it's on. Hm....


Right click on the link and choose "Save as". Then you should be able to play it directly from your PC.

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:50 am 
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Oh I did what Noah said and I waited for a bit. Neat puzzle!

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:34 am 
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I placed the video on YouTube, so that everyone cas see it easily now!

Link here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6lEBlcmh4g

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:13 am 
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*** UPDATE ***


GOOD NEWS!!!


I received Jason's (i.e. io's) triangle tiles.
His tiles have an area of less than half when compared to mine.
They are a extremely cute and a bit blur (unless they are sanded to death LOL).
But I found out that this blurness is good enough to make them look
classy in their own "marble" way, which I love, and I plan to stick with.

Also, I have already found a "rolling" technique to string them nicely
enough. They are definitely not as sparkling as my large triangles,
but making copies of the large ones is just too tedious.
(requires a LOT of sanding too!).

In other words: I plan to start selling the "Iris" puzzle (based on small tiles)
exclusively to Twisty Puzzle Forum members in September or October.

So stay tuned! :-)

For the competition, I will use my own (large) triangles.

Finally, at this stage, I am extremely busy trying to make a design
for my planned exchange puzzle, which I will reveal before the end
of February (this puzzle is based on normal square Rubik's tiles).

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Pantazis

PS I plan to make an "Iris" puzzle with small tiles, which will be the
required "back up" puzzle for the competition. As soon as I make it,
I will post photos beside the "Iris" puzzle with the big tiles.

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:49 pm 
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Here are some photos and a video of the Iris Diamond Puzzle, using small tiles.
The theme and the way the colors are used, are the same as the ones used for
the large tiles above. Generally speaking, it looks more like some gelatine sweet! ;-)


Video link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNvSnC7DG-E



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The two parts of the cute and small Iris Diamond Puzzle.


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How the half octahedron shape should look like (there is only one solution for this state).


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How the tetrahedron shape should look like (there is also only one solution for this state).


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Comparison of the cute small tiles with the big ones.


The process (and costs) of making it was not as simple as I initially thought,
so I am not sure of its availability, as stated in my previous post above.
The good part though, is that is works very nicely!

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:25 pm 
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This is really cool! You're fast, too. The tiles just left California.

I have to agree about the sanding. It takes a few minutes PER TILE to get them nice and water clear. Sounds easy until you do it for a whole puzzle.

How many tiles can be connected in a row using this stringing method?

I can't wait to have one of my own if/when you can make them available!

Nice work Pantazis!

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:38 am 
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io wrote:
I have to agree about the sanding. It takes a few minutes PER TILE to get them nice and water clear. Sounds easy until you do it for a whole puzzle.


Well, the "gelatine sweet"/marble effect is quite neat anyway. And as long as the colors
are visible and vibrant, nothing more is needed anyway! :)


io wrote:
How many tiles can be connected in a row using this stringing method?


As many tiles as you want! But if I connect more than 3-4, then (because of the
overlap which has to be followed by all tiles connected in a row) it becomes too restricted.
However, it seems that if I string normally the first two tiles, then use a restrictive
stringing for the second and third tiles, then normal stringing for the third and fourth etc.,
I may have a brilliant solution! ;)
(and this solution may even change - again - for the better the format of the triaflip puzzle
which will be competing!



io wrote:
I can't wait to have one of my own if/when you can make them available!
Nice work Pantazis!


Sadly, there is too little time for too many things to do right now LOL
But the time when they will be available, will come sooner or later. I would love to order
some more of your tiles. Please let me know of the prices for the different lots!

:)


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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:02 am 
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I can't believe I missed this! I've been looking forward to seeing these made! Great job! They look beautiful.

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 Post subject: Re: Iris: the colors of the rainbow (photos and video)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:15 am 
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Jesse Werner wrote:
I can't believe I missed this! I've been looking forward to seeing these made! Great job! They look beautiful.



The last days, I *might* have found a way to make some closed loop ones...!
Let's see what happens with the experimenting!

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