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Currently I have some pending requests for SpaceCrafts, but they seem to remain rather unspecific. For those interested in becoming a site for a starring attraction, I have created a little catalogue page to help make it easier to decide what you want. Here is the page as now listed in the sidebar:

Icey Palace GSD

Cosmic SpaceCraft Lanterns are fractally decorated, illuminated, polyhedon sculptures that come come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  In this interplay of order and chaos, a celebration of creation emerges !  Below is a list of the different “flavours” for each model. 
For a closer look, click on the image and then click the magnifiying glass in the upper right corder of the Picassa picture viewer. If you see a play button over the image, click instead on the bottom of the slideshow to open the navigator.
These models are CGI renderings of the shapes which can be created, designed to give you the best detail and color accuracy.  You can see photographs of some of the SpaceCraft Lantern models in the Flickr gallery.
These SpaceCraft lanterns are made with laminated prints of original designs by The Playful Geometer, held together by tabs bearing velcro. They are shipped in a stack of flat panels which are assembled using the instructions provided. Their modular nature makes for easy storage and transportation to your favorite events.

Each lantern comes with especially long 7.5 meter 120VAC lamp chord (fits a standard 25W “candelebra” bulb) to make sure you can get it into just the right spot in your home. 

To make an order, contact Cosmo Guffa with the model name and flavour of the shape you would like to purchase.  Orders can be payed in person, or through Paypal.

Great Stellated Dodecahedron Models – $100 
A 20-pointed model about 2.5 feet in height. 
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Small Stellated Dodecahedron Models – $80

A 20-pointed model about 2.25 feet in height.
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Star Tetrahedron Models – $60

An 8-pointed model about 1.5 feet in height. 

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Spikey Models – Sm. $100, Lg. $120

A 20-pointed model, small version 2.25 feet in height, large version about 3.25 feet in height.  

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120-gon Dome Models – $120

A 30-pointed model about 3 feet in height.

Tis’ is an exciting time for SpaceCrafting over the last couple weeks, with the opportunity to provide decorations and host a craft table at 2 events this weekend: one at the Invisible Allies (Bluetech side-project) show and the following day at the Bazaar of the Bizzare. Considering this, it seems only apt to share what I’ve been working on.

The greatest boon to my craft lately has been the discovery of SlideTabs, a system developed for creating polyhedral models. Its workings can be observed in the following video:

When I saw this video while poking around Vimeo searching for “polyhedron”, a light when off in my head, *BING*.   I have had so much trouble with trying to use adhesives in my craft.  It seems nothing will stick to laminate, I’ve tried double-sided tape, hot glue, epoxy, and even crazy glue with little-to-no success.  I’ve also had to staple the velcro to the panels because it doesn’t hold up… at least not for long… lets just say I’ve had some next-day surprises with my prototyping.  This could be the new “glue” for the SpaceCraft line it seems !

A bunch of SlideTab designs have been uploaded to a Thingiverse page here.  Speaking of flashy-headedness, not only have these folks uploaded models to make polyhedrons, they’ve also made some pretty stylin’ hats from this technique that can be seen on shadowfolds Flickr account.

I downloaded the free templates they provide to see if they would work using laminated paper, and they did. However, the templates are licenced under a NonCommercial Creative Commons license, so I contacted the creators to see how I would get permission to use their system, explaining I was working on a small scale with a rather tight budget. I was given permission to “make a meager living” with my SpaceCrafting using SlideTabs as long as I gave them credit. It was requested that if I should start generating any significant profit from my enterprise, that I should consider purchasing a license to their ideas, and I expressed my interest in contributing something to them, especially considering their great generosity.

After testing the SlideTab system on laminated paper with a simple tetrahedral model, I realized I would have to do some reworking of the SlideTab system for the purpose of lantern-building because the long tabs created shadows on the faces of the shap. Thus I found a way to reduce the width of the tab to be equivalent to the black border. You can see the results here:

Tibetan Ninja Tetrahedron
SlideTabs Remix
A pyramid of pyramids

For the first time ever, I will be offering the opportunity to purchase smaller SpaceCraft models that can be built using component triangles. With a pack of 4 triangles, you can build either a tetrahedron or a (baseless) square pyramid, and with 2 packs you can build an octahedron. Theoretically you could build larger shapes such as the icosahedron and star tetrahedron with these same components, though this has yet to have be tested. So many opportunities for spacial expansion !

Now I can stop shipping my SpaceCraft Lanterns with binder clips in order to hold the flat panels into pyramid shapes.  These models use SlideTabs to hold one edge of each the pyramid together:

Astral Navy Seal Ambrosial Swimming Pool

I have also been building pre-made icosahedrons in preparations for craft tabling. With several long days of work, I was able to build 24 icosahedrons of 3 different colours, red, green, and blue, a tribute to digital imaging technology that has enabled my craft.

R-Video Chaos Icosahedron
G-Video Chaos Icosahedron
B-Video Chaos Icosahedron

I discovered that the icosahedrons were stackable into pyramids.  The first attempt on a slippery floor collapsed at the “crowning moment” of my construction, so I had to use a yoga mat as a firm foundation on the take-two.

Icosahedral pyramid

I have also been returning to the crafting of crop circle glass-bead fridge magnets, which proved to be a hit on the festival scene last year.

Crop Circle magnets
Crop Circle magnets
Crop circle magnet display

Hopefully I will get around to making some more frosted glass mirrors and patches as well:

Fluorescent Crop Circle Coasters
Lotus ReflectionRadionic BloomCrystaline EmanencePanoramic Eye

A menu of all the mirror flavours here:

I’m excited about the potential of reaching a hip crowd at the Bazaar of the Bizarre, as I’ve felt a little “alien” in some of the craft shows I’ve attended amongst grandma’s crocheting.  In retrospect, I suppose my craft is not so different from theirs in certain ways, as there can be a subtle creation matrix of advanced mathematics woven into the crocheting craft as well. This I’ve discovered from this TED talk which was a great inspiration to me.

Tis’ is an exciting time for SpaceCrafting over the last couple weeks, with the opportunity to provide decorations and host a craft table at 2 events this weekend: one at the Invisible Allies (Bluetech side-project) show and the following day at the Bazaar of the Bizzare. Considering this it seems only apt to share what I’ve been working on.

The greatest boon to my craft lately has been the discovery of SlideTabs, a system developed for creating polyhedral models. Its workings can be observed in the following video:

When I saw this video while poking around Vimeo searching for “polyhedron”, a light when off in my head, *BING*.   At least I could stop shipping my SpaceCraft Lanterns with binder clips to hold the flat panels into pyramid shapes.  I managed to confirm that this works with two of my newest shapes, which still use velcro to connect the component pyramids.

 

All their designs have been uploaded to Thingiverse.  Speaking of flashy-headedness, not only have these folks uploaded models to make polyhedrons, they’ve also made some pretty stylin’ hats from this technique:
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I downloaded the free templates they provide to see if they would work using laminated paper, and they did. However, the templates are licenced under a NonCommercial Creative Commons license, so I contacted the creators to see how I would get permission to use their system, explaining I was working on a small scale with an extremly tight budget. I was given permission to “make a meager living” with my SpaceCrafting using SlideTabs as long as I gave them credit. It was requested that if I should start generating any significant profit from my enterprise, that I should consider purchasing a license to their ideas, and I expressed my interest in contributing something, especially considering their great generosity.

I had to to a lot of reworking of the SlideTab system for the purpose of lantern-building because the tabs created shadows on the faces of the shapes I trialed. Thus I found a way to reduce the width of the tab to be equivalent to the black border, the results can be observed in this photo:***

For the first time ever, I will be offering the opportunity to purchase smaller SpaceCraft models that can be built using component triangles. With a pack of 4 , you can build either a tetrahedron or a (baseless) square pyramid ***, and with a pack of 2 you could build an octahedron. Theoretically you could build larger shapes with these same components such as the icosahedron and star tetrahedron, though this has yet to have been tested. So many opportunities for spacial expansion !

But to contract a bit, I have also been building pre-made icosahedrons. With several long days of work, I was able to build 24 icosahedrons of 3 different colours, red, green, and blue, a tribute to digital imaging technology that has enabled my craft.
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I discovered that the icosahedrons were stackable into pyramids as can be seen here.

I have also been returning to the crafting of crop circle glass-bead fridge magnets, which proved to be a hit on the festival scene last year.

Finally, I will be vending some of my frosted glass mirrors and patches this weekend in Toronto.

I’m really excited about the potential of reaching a hip crowd at the Bazaar of the Bizarre. I’ve felt a little alien in some of the craft shows I’ve attended amongst grandma’s crocheting type warez :-P