Step 4: assemble!

you can make forms with anything from 8 to 100 or more pieces each. the only drawback seems to be that there is no way to make concave corners, only convex corners are possible.

you can see my examples below, and you can see more at this site: http://www.iqlight.com
that site also sells the parts if you don't want to make them yourself (but i think it is pricey).

<p>Great design!</p><p>Also on how to create stunning marquetry and <br>inlays with a laser using ImagePaint software by Amazon Canvas <br>(www.amazoncanvas.com).</p>
can someone please help me out on how to make the HUGE ball with 120 modules? I keep ending up with 30 module ones....
<p>It is very difficult. Get instructions from </p><p><a href="http://www.infinitylights.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.infinitylights.com/</a></p><p>You need a balloon that can be inflated to keep the pieces from curling inward. They curl inward so much that the lamp rips apart as you are trying to assemble it.</p>
i've added some more photos in the last step including an 80-piece construction which is built very similar to the 120-piece one
thanks for the extra photos, but I still can't seem to do it. I really fail to see the patterns in your examples and in the few drawings I have found. I'm able to make the 30-piece balls when I follow the steps and the video that's on the IQLight website, but I have nowhere found similar instructions for the bigger ones. If someone has step-by-step instructions I'd be really grateful!!!
First of all, thanks Dan for this great instructable. I've had a lot of fun building this things. As a small contribution, I created a "roadmap" for the 120-piece one. I painted the pieces with two colors, to distinguish between the two faces (some pieces go face-up, and some go face-down). I also added a view of the bottom part to make the beginning a little easier. I built a 14cm diam. version with paper (this is how I understood the structure). As you can see in the pictures, it looks more like a dodecahedron rather than a sphere. .
Hi, thanks so much for this. Have just bought 120 pieces in Thailand. Sorry to be thick but can you tell me - do you make each of the top elements first (as my instruction sheet, then add the long row, then the next long row and then the bottom elements. Hope that makes sense, what I'm asking is what order did you put this together in. thanks
Hi Starcana! <br><br>The way you describe it is pretty much correct, except for the fact that it is a lot easier if you take the bottom element as a start. You have to assemble the first five pieces (the white ones in my diagram) forming the pentagonal base, and then you continue growing that bowl-like structure row by row (adding &quot;circles&quot;), until you get to the closing phase, where you'll eventually end up with the last five top pieces, that you'll just have to interlock. <br><br>It may look complicated, but you'll se that once you've done the first couple of rows it's pretty straightforward. Just keep an eye of the orientation of each piece.<br><br>Happy building!
Thanks for this but I'd given up and have just completed the 60 piece one which is probably a better size for where I want it. Just the flex/bulb to get in now without it collapsing! Thanks again.
i did it! i finally did it! thanks nevermore. i couldn't have done it without your help :) i made mine with HDPE plastic from plastic bottles :)<br />
Hi! I used regular printer paper, it's OK for that size. The pieces I used are 4.5 cm in its long diagonal. They're quite small, so be patient with the scissors.... Using those numbers you'll be able to predict the final size of the ball. Have fun!
amazing! what kind of paper did you use? im afraid normal printer paper will be too flimsy. also, what was the approximate length of pieces that made a 14cm ball? id like to to be able to predict what size it comes out to.
thank you SO VERY VERY VERY MUCH for your excellent roadmap!! This is exactly what I needed to build my 120-piece behemoth lamp! I couldn't have done it without you guys!!! If you're ever in Utrecht, The Netherlands, be sure to look me up and I'll buy you beer.
thanks for posting the photos! this is a more attractive shape i think than the 80-piece one, i think i will have to upgrade my 80-piece to a 120.
oooooh! How do you attach it to the light?
<p>For hanging, you get a cord and socket set. Put bulb in socket. Assemble polygon. On corner where 5 sides meet, loosen it and open a hole. Drop lamp end of cordset in, adjust lamp in center of polygon, and re-tighten polygon around cord. see </p><p>http://www.infinitylights.com/</p>
<p>Where can we buy pre cut pieces for this universal lamp shade - beautiful. Can we get colored pieces</p>
<p>Buy from </p><p>http://www.infinitylights.com/</p>
My version upon this tutorial made with beer cans, with labels facing inwards. It gives the shade a crisp aluminium look. Cutting the template out from each can was a killer, but the result was worth.
<p>I pinned the idea for this light fixture from pinterest a while back and was scrolling though the lamp diys that I had collected, trying to decide which idea I wanted to try. I followed the link back to instructables, and found your post. I love love love this idea! I wish you had posted a pic of what it looks like lit up.</p>
<p>There are gobs of photos on </p><p><a href="http://www.infinitylights.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.infinitylights.com/</a></p><p>and you can purchase the pieces there.</p>
How many shapes did it take to make the complete sphere?
30 pieces.
This is SUPER!!<br>
This is cool! You could always pre-punch holes in the metal before assembling if you want light to come thru but I love it as a metal sculpture! <br>
Thank you! And yes, I could do that.
<p>Fantastic ! I'm gonna try and make one. </p>
<p>which setting do you use on cricut explore? Do you use regular blade or deep cutting?</p>
<p>Easy to cut with my Cricut Explore - Fairly Easy to assemble. Thank you for providing this file!</p>
<p>What kind of material did you use with your cricut?</p>
I went to the Dollar Tree and purchased floppy 3-ring binders - some kind of poly-vinyl type stuff... I simply cut off the ring portion (the spine) and used the front and back covers. Hope this helps!
One of my favourites...to see all just goto my fb page and click on 'photos by page'<br>:-)
One of my favourites...to see all just goto my fb page and click on 'photos by page'<br>:-)
Ho all...i make these so if u need help or more pieces please see www.facebook.com/puzzlelampspondokkeladi <br>i have lots of new shapes and designer pattern pieces available.Pls like my page (if u do :-) ) thku
<p>These lights are beautiful!!!</p>
<p>These lights are beautiful!!!</p>
<p>keep all of the tiles oriented in the same direction when locking them together. this one is made of plastic from milk jugs. use WD-40 to remove the adhesive labels from the milk jugs.</p>
Where can I purchase polygon to make lamps
<p>Hello, I really like your lamp and thank you for sharing all the information.</p><p>I have a question for material you used.</p><p>Did you use laser cut for HDPE and delrin? if so, then where did you do?</p><p>Thank you. </p>
<p>Where can we buy pre cut pieces for this universal lamp shade - beautiful. Can we get colored pieces</p>
<p>I need to refix a universal lamp shade I have and your not helping much by not giving me the instructions to put it back together after we put a new light in it. </p>
<p>can you buy the pieces for this project pre cut? If so, where and what are they called?</p>
<p>I made several of these years ago when I first saw the on this site, in fact as I turn my head to the right I can see two that Ive kept because I love them so much. Iv'e made them from paper, plastic and even place mats. If the main point of your Instructable is to laser cut your pieces I entirely agree unfortunately I have no money or tech skills so it's hand cutting for me.</p>
<p>So beautiful and decorative... Thank you!</p>
Could you use milk gallon jugs? Would the plastic be thick enough?
How do you get the lightbulb to stay inside? Can the light stand instead of hang?
i think the file polypiece.dxf is damage, could you up load again? if is possibly dwg

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