After posting some of my builds here
I am now dedicating a new thread to my Spheraminx.
I started with one of these
After sanding and carving with a dremel, filling the bubbles and holes in the pieces with epoxy, sanding, sanding some more. Putting some epoxy on the center caps (this is very important.. otherwise you will risk sanding the caps(especialy the corners of the caps) too thin. And then there will be no way back because all your pieces will already be sanded down too much. Sanding, sanding, sanding some more. I did what Jürgen Brandt did here
(image from the link above)
Covering a funnel or any other hollow conical shape with sandpaper on the inside. And then I just rotated the puzzle untill it was a full sphere. This was a very long process which I am not looking forward to doing again anytime soon. However, I probably will. Since there are several more variations of this, and other puzzles in a spherical form that I want to explore.
Then after smoothening everything out with epoxy, water, and some more sanding. I painted the pieces. This was the result:
Now came the stickering part. This actually took me days to get right. The puzzle is fairly small. And so are the pieces. The fact that I rounded all the edges somewhat didn't help with stickering either. Because this leaves less room on the pieces where a sticker can be put. I had to replace some of the stickers more than 10 times. And every single sticker was cut by hand.
This is as far as I have scrambled the puzzle untill now. Due to the irregular stickering, several pieces being identical and the several centers that need orientation, this puzzle would be very hard to solve. And right now I don't feel like really sitting down and giving it a serious try.
The puzzle turns fine. Better than the puzzle it was made from actually. However, it is somehwat difficult sometimes to manipualte the puzzle because of the spherical shape and the smoothness of the stickers.
I've thought about stickering this puzzle like Thomas stickered his cubic megaminx here.
But this would have taken away from the challenge it was to achieve the cube-like look on a sphere in an irregular way. Also, you would solve it in basicly the same manner as thomas' puzzle. And it would basicly be a spherical hexaminx. I might still make a spheraminx with that kind of sticker arrangement in the future though.