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How to Make a Lego Ball

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Have a ball making a ball! Though this doesn't do it quite the same way as the Lego Circle, I'm going to again show you how to use rectangular bricks to make round shapes. This ball is pretty easy to make and the hardest part will probably just be getting all the pieces together. 



I'm hoping the pictures are clear enough that you can build the ball solely from them but I have included text on each step just incase you get stuck. If you can understand the step just by the picture then you're pretty awesome and should just ignore whatever I wrote. 



A short video showing the roundness of the ball. More exciting video coming soon. 
 
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Step 1: Parts

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To make a Lego ball you're going to need some Lego bricks (duh). You're actually going to need those flat bricks called plates that are about 1/3 the height of a normal Lego brick. You will also need what Lego calls a 1x4 brick with 4 knobs which is basically a standard 1x4 brick but with an extra set of studs perpendicular to the ones normally on top. 

I'm including a parts list of the parts I used in this Instructable so that it will be easier to understand. Of course you can always substitute for parts that you don't have with ones that you do (like using two 2x4s in place of the 4x4 or using two 2x4s in place of the 2x8) but just be cautious about maintaining structural integrity. I know rainbow warrior (using bricks in any and all colors) is sometimes the only option but the shape of the ball shows up better in solid color so if possible, try to stick to just one color.

plates
-24 1x1s
-12 1x4s
-18 2x2s
-30 2x6s
-6 2x8s
-6 4x4s

bricks
-8 1x4 bricks with knobs

Step 2: The Steps

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Stack five 2x6 plates to make a small set of steps, 3 going up and 3 going down. 
brickworkz16 days ago

I'm very grateful for the instructions on this sphere. I normally make Lego mosaic portraits so working on a 3D light bulb was a challenge, but I applied the concept and here's what I have so far... Thank you again! -Brian from www.Brickworkz.com

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jbaily7 months ago
The red could be a meteor
turn it grey and u have Lego Indiana Jones
mk20019 months ago
Awsome ball- i finished all the sides but i cant find any of the 1x4 bricks with knobs :( .
I did manage to stick it together with tape but it was flimsy, i am still looking through my lego to find them.

Very cool.
LoL frog has a tounge XD
this has indiana jones written all over it.
sherrycayheyhey (author)  snowfalcon11 year ago
Good thinking! Much better than the one that comes in the temple run set here. 
exactly ;-0 ;
William9302 years ago
Awesome! How heavy is it, could it possibly be a christmas tree ornament?
sherrycayheyhey (author)  William9302 years ago
It's hollow so it's not too heavy. LEGO actually featured a similar ball on the cover of a catalog a few years ago but didn't tell how to construct it or even sell the set! You can see it here: http://cache.lego.com/2057/images/shop/LandingPages/Ornament/catalog_278x348.jpg. I like the ribbon they use but I'm not sure how they attached it and I would probably use one of these http://media.peeron.com/pics/inv/custpics/2376.1072149497.jpg to hang it or to attach a hook or ribbon to. 
Once again, you make an amazing shape!
Thanks. I realized I must be really into shapes lately after I reviewed my recent projects lol
dragonbtv2 years ago
Great! I am to give a try now.
cool i made 1 like this a few years back only mine was smooth i love the pics!!!
Smooth? Like you covered it in tiles?
not quite like that but if i find it i will show you what i mean
catfish232 years ago
Isn't this just a lowell sphere? Either way nice job bringing it to the Instructables community, and great, easy instructions!

-Carl
sitearm2 years ago
@Sherrycayheyhey; Hi! Very clear instructions and photos. I love the little Lego man rolling the big Lego ball. Sort of a Lego Sisyphus! Cheers! Site
monsterlego2 years ago
OK now i actually was planning on making an instructable on this :P

good job!
sherrycayheyhey (author)  monsterlego2 years ago
ya snooze ya lose :)
Meh.
evilution2 years ago
Very similar to the mini Lego Death Star:
http://web.me.com/chrismcveigh/mintinbox/home/Entries/2010/11/29_Lego_Death_Star_Ornament.html

and his other Lego tree ornaments:
http://www.chrismcveigh.com/cm/lego_ornaments.html
Ah, came here to post just this. I ordered the parts for the Death Star ornament, it does not disappoint. At all.
You never cease to amaze me with these awesome designs!
such kind words, thank you
*blushing* :P thanks!
champion4662 years ago
WOW! this is AWESOME!!!!!!!
sherrycayheyhey (author)  champion4662 years ago
glad you like it, thank you
earlyflyer2 years ago
Oops! I think you meant to say "2x8" instead of "2x6" in this step (and step 10). Otherwise, an excellent instructable that we just may try to do! Love the "this-plus-this-equals-that" photos...
sherrycayheyhey (author)  earlyflyer2 years ago
Thank you for catching that, fixed now :)
Ha, crazy! I love the little lego man's expressions when he is interacting with the ball.
Well it's heavy for a minifig haha
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