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 Post subject: Elemental:Beryllium-10
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:28 am 
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I finished my Beryllium-10 (see here for more info on the other Elementals) some months ago just before IPP29, but wound up selling my only protytpe so I didn't have it to take pictures. Following in my Hazardous Elements theme (Neon was BioHazard, Fluorine was Chemical) I have chosen the Toxic (Poison) image for Beryllium-10.
Beryllium is the first of my Elementals (well, the first I consider complete, the Chromium has yet to work) to have side by side plungers, but only on one axis so it is more stable.

Here's one I built with special materials: Red transparent body, purple and blue mirror face, and inked in gold on the back.

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It is hard to capture the look of mirror acrylic inside with poor lighting as the flash gives terrible reflections and with no flash it is hard to keep the camera still.
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The back plate, inked in gold
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Here are the front and back held up to the light. The back lighting allows the red transparent body to show the image nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:34 am 
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Very cool! These just keep getting better and better!!


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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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For some reason it reminds to me the Terminator movie!!!

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PS. Looks brilliant David, the elemental series is getting evolved to more sparkly puzzles!

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Simply beautiful, especially the irridescant effect in the top two pics.

I like that you obviously put as much effort and creativity into the quality and appearance of this puzzle as its novel mechanism. It just makes it so much more special and valuable. :D

Any chance of extending this concept into the third dimension, with sliding transparent blocks instead of flat tiles, etc? :wink:

(though I guess it would be tougher to do with flat acrylic sheet. :? )

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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The way the shining purple stands out is so beautiful! Amazing work!

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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This time I have to buy this thing after I got the first two by swapping.
Impressive work.


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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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I wanted this one to be special (and I wanted to try a new material...) so I cut the back packaging insert from red mirror. Sorry for the low quality cell phone photo.

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Kelvin: I haven't given any thought to 3D extensions, I have enough trouble avoiding mechanism lock ups with 2D! There have been sliding block 3D puzzles (Inversion, Magic Jack, Peter's Black Hole) but all 3D extensios of the 15 puzzle.
I don't recall any with no gap, however, and certainly none based on tetrahedrons (a possible 3D analog to my puzzle).

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Or you could simply just add another layer of flat triangles and allow vertical exchange perpendicular to the plane... 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Looks amazing Dave! When can we expect to put our names on a waiting list?? (you should've known that was coming :P )

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Yeah, I have to put some time into that. I've been busy with my non-Elemental puzzles of late so I haven't done anything about Fluorine or Beryllium offers. I changed my pricing and my new "stock" model is half height (see the latter half of this post for more info) with no counter sinking (too much time spent on that part). I still offer the "classic" model but a bit more given the extra work.

I'll try to post in Marketplace soon but until then anyone interested should take a look at http://www.LitwinPuzzles.com. I'll try to add Beryllium to that list soon as well. I'll want to build a stock model so my display picture isn't the super customized version...

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Beautiful work, as usual, Dave!

thought I saw some "remnants" at the 'Shop this weekend :)


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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Is it possible to make a Neon Beryllide compound?

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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DLitwin wrote:
I finished my Beryllium-10 (see here for more info on the other Elementals) some months ago just before IPP29, but wound up selling my only protytpe so I didn't have it to take pictures. Following in my Hazardous Elements theme (Neon was BioHazard, Fluorine was Chemical) I have chosen the Toxic (Poison) image for Beryllium-10.

Are you going to go through all the hazard labels, like Corrosive, explosive, and flammable?
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Can you identify these hazard labels?
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PS: It looks like you built Beryllium using your regular full-height stock. Do you plan to try a half-height version? I'm curious whether it would pose any special alignment issues.


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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Wow these look great! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Nice to see another Elemental puzzle! It's very nice.

Was this the one that you were etching at the CCE?

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Garrett wrote:
Was this the one that you were etching at the CCE?
That was the one I sold at IPP. Lucky for me PuzzleMaster42 took some pictures from CCE and just sent them to me, so I have a pictures of the first one I built (and indeed I etched its backplate at CCE).

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WVP: This is the half height (now stock) model and it makes no difference functionally. Even the springs are fine, the height of the plastic isn't as important as the width of the spring.

As to other symbols I think Flamable has potential but the others are a bit busy or... unattractive.

The mystery symbols? Hazardous for the environment, Oxidizer and Irritant (general).
I definitely looked at Google Images when choosing my themes :)

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Hi David,
maybe these two picks help you to show your great work.


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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Dave- Beryllium looks great. I can see that this is the next step to completing the Chromium. I can't wait to play with this one at the next meetup.

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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Dave- yet another masterpiece! Fantastic work, my friend!


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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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vey nice and simple-ish yet a nice proof of concept!
Really looking forward to the chromium and I'm glad you're still making stuff!

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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:11 pm 
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can you make a clip?
i always wonder how it works :?:


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 Post subject: Re: Elemental:Beryllium-10
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cubervietnam wrote:
can you make a clip?
i always wonder how it works :?:
I don't have any video of the Beryllium, but here are a few clips of the Neon by some of my customers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CJij5MBvx8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFCAx2JFW9k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDSsqtyfik8

Taylor used to have some but I can't find them anymore on youtube.

I need to make some of my own, for all of my models.

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