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Fully assembled                    partially open                    icosamagnet




I give extraordinary credit and special Thanks to my very good friend,  Vaclav Obsivac , from the Czech Repbublic, who spent a great deal of time making all the basic schematic drawings on this page (including the real-time photos up top) . I have made changes to all of them only to further enhance and clarify the individual steps.

All stickball pieces that are -- shaded in dark gray -- are pieces that are currently being added to the structure (per pic).

There are 43 pieces (42 stickballs + 1 core) that result in a finished assembly of 20 triangular facets and 12 apexes. The number 92 below the title's name is the number of balls used in creating the pieces.

You will notice that the last step in the following series is number 17. There are no more steps displayed until you reach the next picture (steps 39,40) following step 17 .
Steps 18 through 38 are omitted because they are just repetitions of the first 17 steps.
There are 3 axes to complete the puzzle . . . . . steps 1 through 17 covers the first axis.



P I E C E S


    short                     medium                long




Start off by placing 4 of the 'long' stickball pieces together . . . . .
the two outside ones being the dark-brown balls.

Until the structure becomes stable enough to work through the rest of the solution, you will have to use some sort of rubberized mat
(like a computer mousepad)
to keep the 4 'long' stickball pieces together without sliding apart freely.

. . . . . (and don't forget to add the 3 'small' stickballs -- shaded in dark gray )











Add 2 medium stickball pieces




















Add a single, long dark-brown stickball.

note: even though this piece is gray, it is only to denote a new piece being added to the ongoing structure. The picture following the core below shows the actual dark-brown piece.
















Carefully add the core.













Notice that the long dark-brown stickballs are on the 'outside' of the core, whereas the 2 long tan stickballs are on the 'inside' of the core. This is a crucial point to remember in assembling the rest of the puzzle.
















Add another long dark-brown stickball on top (outside) of the core.





















Add the first of two medium stickballs.






















Add the second medium stickball





















Add the short stickballs . . . . .






















          The last short stickball
This step now completes both ends of one entire axis (out of 3) and assures the stability of the structure.

You may now be able to remove your pieces of masking tape, and continue on with the remaining steps.

Repeat step 10, and steps 12 through 17 on the remaining 2 axes. The last 3 pics at the bottom (steps 39 - 43) show the last pieces being applied on the remaining end of the 3rd axis.

Don't forget to place all the long dark-brown stickballs on the 'outside' of the core.

In placing the rest of the long dark-brown stickballs (on the 'outside' of the core), you will have to temporarily (and carefully) remove some adjacent pieces to allow the placement of the piece you're working with, and then replace those other pieces.
Even though the structure is now stable, continue to handle it gently, especially when turning the structure over 180 when flipping from one end of the axis to the other.








This pic and the following last 2 pics show the last pieces being applied to finish the puzzle