Open Petaminx

Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
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Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Triple Fused Petaminxes & Open Petaminx Puzzle
Tony Fisher's Triple Fused Petaminxes & Open Petaminx Puzzle
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Idea Conceived

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Revealed

Original concept

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2012

14th October 2012

20th October 2012

Tony Fisher

Petaminx

5.8 cm / 2.3 inch edge  

 

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This was made from a mass produced black plastic Petaminx puzzle. Unusually there are stickers on the inside as well as the outside. It's solved state requires the correct arrangement of both sets.
You will notice from my photos that the outside is not fully stickered. This is because those are the parts of the puzzle that extend fully to the core and the ones that are now stickered on the inside. They are the corners and middle edges. Centres are not relevant to the solving so I stickered them where possible both inside and out.
Solving my puzzle is no different to solving a regular Petaminx which has been bandaged to only allow movement on three adjacent sides (around one corner). However having this type of stickering means you have to keep checking inside and out which will certainly add to the frustration.
If you ignore the outside totally and just concentrate on the inside then the puzzle is equivalent to my Triamese Void Pentagons Puzzle or a bandaged Megaminx.
Movement is ok but it's a bit loose despite the tightening of the screws. Messing around with the structure and tensions of such a complex puzzle is always likely to have some bad affect. For the inside I cut the stickers by hand and used the high quality fluorescent Meffert style textured material on six "faces" and regular material on the others.  
The Petaminx is the perfect puzzle for this kind of transformation. The edges for example needed no modifying whatsoever. The corners though needed a small amount of work which involved making the core end flat before capping the hollow space with 1.5mm (0.06 inch) black polystyrene sheet.
I wanted the puzzle to look nice so instead of just gluing all the parts surrounding the opening I also cut them down so everything was flush and neat. The centre of the core was white and looked wrong so I cut it down as much as possible and added Milliput to strengthen it and to make it smoother. I then sprayed it with black paint along with the parts surrounding the opening. I did this to make it look better though was careful to keep the mechanism visible in this area.
The history behind this puzzle started with my 6x6x6 V-Dome in February 2012. As far as I recall this was the first time I explored the idea of making a puzzle where the inside is partially visible. It worked really well for that puzzle and created a new solving challenge as well as looking nice. The next step was my 7x7x7 Open Bandage. This was a much less interesting puzzle but it confirmed my liking for mechanism exposure. The third was my Open Gigaminx. I made it partially to use up a broken Gigaminx and also since I knew internal movement would be visible.
The V-Dome was a stand alone puzzle though I guess all three were stepping stones towards this Open Petaminx. This journey is a good example for young puzzle makers how important it is to ignore criticisms and just make what you want to. The only thing that matters is YOUR opinion and ultimately it can lead to something you would never have made if you had listened to the negative comments.
The last photo added shows my Open Petaminx with a regular Petaminx and my Triple Fused Petaminxes.
See below if you are looking to purchase a Petaminx. They aren't cheap but they are of fantastic quality (a lot better than the Gigaminxes).