Step 3: Preparing for the Pentagons

Pick out the best looking skewers and cut them into 120mm lengths. As each pentagon is built individually you’ll need (12x5=) 60 sticks.

Print out a page with a circle, the diameter (Do) can be calculated with the formula for the outscribed circle of a pentagon: Do=1.7L. For 120mm side length you need a 204mm diameter circle. Lay out the pentagon so that the circle inscribes it, mark the location of the corners on the circumference of the circle. Make another 2 pages like this.
<p>AMAZING!!! My whole room is geeked out and I wanted to mod my lamp for a while and now I have the perfect solution!!</p>
When I was looking through your helpful pictures, I actually thought that the skewers looked metallic in one view. It would be cool to paint the skewers (since they do show through your paper when the light is turned on). I think you'd need to do it post-epoxy step though, since if I remember right, epoxy dissolves some types of paint. <br><br>I picked up some rebar wire really cheaply at Ace, and I'm wondering if it's sturdy and light weight enough to use for this instead of the skewers. It was under $10 for enough to do this project and a dozen more.<br><br>
As I was reading this.....I had an idea. Instead of using bamboo skewers you could make a jig on a piece of scrap wood to bend wire around some mounted bolts to make the pentagons. From there you can still epoxy them together. I was also thinking about switching from paper and printing the numbers on there to getting some cheap light fabric and using iron-on transfers printed from my printer of course for the numbers instead. I might just start this little project in the next few days. <br><br>If it works out I'll post a link on my page here to let you see how it turned out.<br><br>After my long-winded response. Great 'Ible!!!!! I'm a gamer both PC and Tabletop and I never get tired of &quot;Geek Chic&quot;!<br><br>Keep it up!!!!
Using wire should work fine &ndash; I&rsquo;d just make sure the bolts are as small as possible (maybe rather use nails?) otherwise you&rsquo;ll end up with overly round corners. However, if you span your paper or material in such a way that the corners are sharp, then it won&rsquo;t be a problem.<br><br>I&rsquo;m thinking of making a d20 for the other side of the bed &ndash; watch this space.<br>
That would be sweet! Thanks for the tip. This could turn awesome!
simple and beautiful
A very nice lamp, but the language . . . A die, plural dice.
<p> Thanks, and I'm sorry if my (second) language use offended you in any way. When I have a few minutes spare I'll consider fixing it. Until then I'll just go with this:<br> &nbsp;</p> <blockquote> The game of dice is singular. Thus in &quot;Dice is a game played with dice,&quot; the first occurrence is singular, the second occurrence is plural. Otherwise, the singular usage is considered incorrect by many authorities. However, it should be noted that some authoritative sources state that &ldquo;In modern standard English, the singular die (rather than dice) is uncommon. Dice is used for both the singular and the plural.&nbsp; [<a href="http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dice">http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dice</a>]</blockquote> <br> But don't worry, the lady in the picture corrects me on my language use regularly. :)
Great result!<br><br>I love that you used simple and cheap materials to achieve an elegant (if geeky) effect.<br><br>I've recently been building large dice out of cardboard and paper, but I've been thinking of using the design as furnishings for my apartment. <br><br>Your project is great inspiration!
To be honest, the cost was a result of not waiting and starting the moment I got the idea. But still, I think I'd stick with the thin skewers -- it makes forcing you will on the thing (during final construction) so much easier.
Thanks for the comments everyone.
Haha, that's sweet.
This is EPIC. I'm sooooooooooo making one of these. Poor, lonely little d12, it's nice to see it get some love.
That looks awesome! Great lamp choice too!

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