Introduction: Portable Weighted Companion Cube

This is an Instructable on how to make a little Weighted Companion Cube that you can carry around with you. 

Now you can inconspicuously carry around your own Weighted Companion Cube for any time that you may feel alone or lonely.

The Weighted Companion Cube is ESPECIALLY great for people who don't have anyone to share Valentines day with.  The Companion Cube is a perfect and loyal friend.

When your done, not only will you feel satisfied with your accomplishment, but you will have a new best friend that WILL NEVER STAB YOU.

Step 1: Equipment

The most important thing you will need to make you Companion Cube is clay.

I prefer to use sculpey clay.

for my instructable I used:

- Black clay
- White clay
- Pink clay


I bought my clay on sale so it was only about 5 dollars but the general cost should be around 7 or 8 dollars if you need to buy new clay.  The good news is that you will have leftover clay when all said and done.  probably enough to make a couple more cubes (depending on how large you make yours). My cubes are a little bigger than a dice.

I like Black and White because they give you more bang for your buck. But if you want to speed up the process you can buy Gray instead of Black.  you will just use the gray for the body of the cube, and gray mixed with white for the edges of the cube.

some things that will help you make your cube are:

- A hard surface to work on with a smooth surface so the clay doesn't stick
- An Exacto knife (or any other sharp skinny knife) if you want to cut or manipulate the clay in a more finite manner.
- Access to an Oven.  A must.

-ALSO, IN STEP 8 IF YOU CAN NOT MAKE THE TINY PINK CLAY HEARTS YOU WILL NEED A VERY FINE PAINT BRUSH AND PINK PAINT. 

Step 2: Step ONE

Time to start making your Companion Cube.


You need to start by mixing the black and white clay to form the body of the cube.

To do this you will need to mix

-One part White

with

-One part Black

If you are making them about the same size as mine you should use a dice sized amount of White and Black

Step 3: Still Mixing - Step TWO

When you are done mixing the body of the cube it's time to start mixing the clay for the Edging and middle circles.

To do this you will want to mix:

-Two parts White

with

-One part Black

For this i would mix a dice sized amount of White with half a dice sized amount of Black.  This SHOULD leave you with extra clay at the end... I just like being careful so i don't have to mix more later.

ALSO - if you mix this and it is the same color as your cube body, you are going to want to add white.

Step 4: Are You Here? - Step THREE

Ok, if you have done everything correctly so far ( which I'm sure you have because you like Portal)

then you should have two balls of clay, one dark gray (the larger one) and one light gray (the smaller one).


The next step is then to mold the larger ball of dark gray clay into a cube.  Just use your fingers and play around with it until the sides are equal in size.


Step 5: One Step Closer to the Cube - Step FOUR

IT'S FINALLY TIME TO USE THE PINK! 

You are going to want to make three little balls of pink, each about half the size of a pencil eraser.

Take your fingers and roll each of the balls into skinny snake like strings.

Step 6: Gift Box? - Step Five

In this step, you know your done when your cube starts to look like a gift wrapped present.

You are going to want to line the end of the rolled out pink clay in the center of any cube edge

From here you are going to want to wind the pink clay around the cube, and as you do gently press the pink clay into the cube so it doesn't fall off after you put it on.

When you reach the point where you started laying down the pink clay, break off the remaining clay at the edge.

Gently push the pink clay you just laid into the cube so each face of the cube is flat.

Now repeat the above steps until each face of the cube has a pink plus sign on it.

Step 7: Edge Time! - Step SIX

Time to start using the light gray ball of clay.

I like making all of the Edging pieces at once so i can put them all on at the same time.

The first pieces to make are the corner pieces.

The best way i can explain the shape is - it looks like a piece of cat food.

You are going to want to start with a triangle, squish in the sides, and then flatten it.

This is where an Exacto knife ( or any other SHARP SKINNY knife) will come in handy.

Why you flatten your "Squished in Triangle" you are going to want to cut of the tips so the are boxy.

After you cut off the tips lightly run your fingers over the cut to smooth out the blunt edge.

I would look at the pictures I have included due to my inability to describe this process.

Step 8: Building the Heart - Step SEVEN

The next pieces to build will be the soul of your cube.

It is indeed the heart of the cube.

You will start with 6 small balls of gray.

You are going to want to press each of these balls and round them into a flat circle.

You are also going to need to make 6 TINY pink balls.

Make tiny pink triangles and Exacto Knife a small triangular chunk out of the top to make a heart.

Just FYI, it takes forever to make a perfect heart to put on the flat circles, but it is possible.

If you can't do it, ( and no one will blame you if you can't) go ahead and paint small pink hearts onto the middle of each circle after you cook your Cube.

Step 9: Mini Rectangles - Step EIGHT

These are the last things that you will need to make before you can assemble your Companion Cube.

You are going to need 12 balls of light gray clay that are a little smaller then the balls of light gray clay you used to make the flat circles in the last step.

Mold each of these balls into a small rectangle.

After you are done with this - you are ready to put your Cube together!!!!


... you're, STILL ALIVE. :) Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Step 10: Assembly - Step NINE

ASSEMBLY TIME!!

Now that you have 26 tiny little pieces chilling - it's time to attach them to your Cube.

First, it is prudent to start with the corner and edge pieces.

Place each corner piece on the corners of the cube, with the center of the triangle tips lined up with the edges of the cube and the middle of the triangle where the tip of the cube is.

After you have laid all 8 edge pieces it is time to move on to the rectangular pieces.

Place each of these pieces in between the edge pieces with a little bit of space between each corner piece.

After you have laid all 12 rectangular pieces it is time for the final step, placing the hearts.

Place each of the circular heart pieces in the middle of the pink plus sign.

After you've got that finished-

BAM - YOUR DONE... building your Cube.

Step 11: Cook the Cube - Step TEN

Place your Companion Cube into the oven for thirty minutes at 275 Degrees.

This will ensure that your Companion cube will not get squished into an unidentifiable mound of clay after all of your hard work.

Remember that when your Cube is done cooking - IT WILL BE HOT.

Just be careful because the clay stays warm for a while after it has been cooked.

Step 12: Cherish Your Weighted Companion Cube - Step FOREVER

LOVE YOUR COMPANION CUBE, not like it's hard.

Relish it's company and keep it handy. 

That is what it's for.

-Disclaimer?

I didn't invent the Weighted Companion Cube, the genius's at Valve did :)

If you hurt yourself, it's not my fault.  It's also not the fault of your Companion Cube.  It's your fault.

Comments

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PortalManiac made it!(author)2016-08-08

So, I was wondering... For the degrees and time you gave in Step 11, will it work with any clay? I'm using the brand Sculpey III.

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PortalManiac made it!(author)2016-08-06

Totally making this

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fibcoa7 made it!(author)2015-09-09

Definitely going to be making one of these. LOVE this instructable. Hopefully my cube will never want me gone.... but, even if it does, it won't threaten to stab me, and I will be still alive. :D

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derekdef34 made it!(author)2013-05-26

Guess who's going to the store tomorrow?

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amandaggogo made it!(author)2011-10-08

I love this, and will most likely be making one, since I am, after all, Still Alive.
Question though. Can the companion cube make cake? Because I was once promised cake, and, it was a lie. :0(

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cloudyerout made it!(author)2011-12-21

:D mine won't make cake but it makes wicked pasta.

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rangerjoseph made it!(author)2011-12-18

does the compainion cube have a tendancy to fall apart ; or is it pretty solid.
if i dropped it; would i lose my most loyal friend?

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cloudyerout made it!(author)2011-12-21

I have had mine for a while and its still all together. If you do a goodjob bonding the pieces before you cook them there should be no problem keeping it together :)

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BunnyLover1019 made it!(author)2011-11-19

I actually made two dice sized companion cubes and attached earring hooks to the. They look really cool!


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cloudyerout made it!(author)2011-11-22

:) that sounds so super cute :P

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fastlines49s made it!(author)2011-02-05

-disclaimer add on: if your companion cube stabs you, it's your fault.

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ralphkidsguns made it!(author)2011-06-29

so long as you're still alive, you can sue GLaDOS!

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mmcpherson4 made it!(author)2010-01-28

hmm.. putting a companion cube in a furnace sounds familar.. ;)

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Firebreathing made it!(author)2011-06-02

All Aperature Science equipment can withstand temperatures of up to 4000 Kelvin.

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DucttapeNinja made it!(author)2010-01-28

O.o Never again... never again... never again... *gentle rocking*

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Duct+Tape+Dude made it!(author)2010-02-12

Yeah... i played the game last about a month ago...and im still sad too...espesially since the Companion Cube was more loyal to me than my nintendogs...*crawls to a corner and cries like an emo*

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cloudyerout made it!(author)2010-01-28

This is for the good of the Companion Cube - I swear.  GlaDOS is nowhere to be found.

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mmcpherson4 made it!(author)2010-01-28

but she is "still alive" ........

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cloudyerout made it!(author)2010-01-29

Never said she wasn't :)

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spricer988 made it!(author)2011-04-23

the second pic looks like a ying yang

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cloudyerout made it!(author)2011-04-05

tee hee - better take that one to the incinerator ...

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MrMystery96 made it!(author)2010-01-29

GRRRR... I shall beat in this contest yet. I've the perfect plan...

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cloudyerout made it!(author)2010-01-29

Ok....?

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MrMystery96 made it!(author)2010-01-29

you entered this into the valentine's contest. Thus I have to plot on how to dominate the contest. leading to my victory. Oh, and I like how this 'ible played out. good job.

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cloudyerout made it!(author)2010-01-29

Thanks :) have you checked out the one with the octopi tentacle heart?

It's really cool :)

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MrMystery96 made it!(author)2010-01-29

while I agree, I now need a completely new approach to win this... I want the fancy chocolate!

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cloudyerout made it!(author)2010-01-29

Ok - Best of luck to you then

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fastlines49s made it!(author)2011-02-05

that heart was really cool!, i tried to make it out of playdough.... it kinda worked...

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superMacaroni made it!(author)2010-06-22

can i make it have a hole to put a muffin in there but hide it from my little cousin (shes a srs muffin/cupcake addict)

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afrocat made it!(author)2010-05-15

 Amazing!  I will definitely need to make this.  Thankyousomuch.

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BlackIceRedbone made it!(author)2010-04-28

 Pic 3 looks like a cow... MOOOOOOOO XD

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mistresscroft69 made it!(author)2010-01-28

Awww! Cute! I love the companion cube....until it dies...no good.  Ooh, funny stuff, check out "a day in the life of a turret" on youtube! Funny stuff!

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cloudyerout made it!(author)2010-01-29

I just watched it and i thought it was boss.

cracked me up :)

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mistresscroft69 made it!(author)2010-01-29

"Yes, I would insert my floppy in to her disk drives"

LMAO, good times!

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Duct+Tape+Dude made it!(author)2010-02-12

yeah... I watched it too... "do you ever wonder...will there be...cake" "Oh no. not this again...how can this day get any worse?" *portal opens* "well do think there will be....cake" " f*ck you " *turrets die*

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