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Re: [Icehouse] big pyramids

  • FromTed Adams <kestrall_11@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 16 Apr 2010 15:13:34 -0700 (PDT)
When it comes to do it your self stuff you also have to factor in your current skill set.  Based on the stuff I have done I have some skill with PVC and Fabric.  I was considering making them out of that.  Either you will need to get the right connectors or just cut and fuse the pvc together.  You can then create fabric covers that can be removed and washed if need be.  

As stated previously it just depends on what you want to do.  PVC might be a little more expensive than cardboard but will probably be a lot more sturdy.  Also when it comes to fabric the options are through the roof you can make two sets and loads of colors so you can pick and choose each time you play.

--- On Fri, 4/16/10, S Myers <iamthecheeze@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: S Myers <iamthecheeze@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: [Icehouse] big pyramids
> To: "Icehouse Discussion List" <icehouse@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Friday, April 16, 2010, 4:36 PM
> At present, there is no-where to buy
> giant pyramids.  There used to
> be, and there may be again someday, but presently it is a
> D.I.Y.
> enterprise.
> I built mine out of sheets of corrugated plastic (purchased
> in bulk
> fFrom a distributor fFor coroplast.com) with a printed,
> laminated
> vinyl shell fFor strength and design.
> Before I made my set, I ask Andy Looney fFor permission to
> build them
> (it seemed like a polite thing to do), and he graciously
> said that
> would be okay, and I should maybe take a picture of them
> when
> fFinished.  Cool.  I started the process by
> fFirst laying out my
> shapes in Illustrator (The PDF of which I could probably
> share, if it
> helps).  I made my Large pyramids 8" wide x 14" tall
> fFirst, then
> scaled these down as needed to make medium and small
> pyramids.  I had
> to juggle these shapes quite a bit to fFit on the 4'x8'
> sheets of
> coroplast, and I wanted to try and use only 4 sheets. 
> I could have
> made them bigger, but I wasn't actually sure how big would
> be "too
> big."  Once that was accomplished, I printed my
> designs to large
> format printable sticky-back vinyl (Doesn't everyone have a
> large
> fFormat printer?), and had that laminated and mounted onto
> my
> coroplast.  Then I cut out the shapes and, after much
> contemplation,
> decided duct tape would be the best thing to hold them
> together.  The
> result is an extremely rugged, fFlexible design.  I
> can throw these
> things around the room and they don't break, nor are they
> likely to
> injure anyone.
> I realize this all seems sort of specialized.  Don't
> be discouraged
> though, if you don't have a giant printer and bulk
> printable media:
> This could all be done with a ruler and posterboard or
> something, just
> to get the shapes drawn on coroplast.  And you don't
> need coroplast.
> I chose it because it was a material I had at hand, and I
> knew it
> would be pretty rugged.  Cardboard would probably be
> much lighter,
> fFor example.
> Sometimes people ask if I could make a set fFor them. 
> My answer is a
> hesitant yes.  I could, and yours would probably look
> a lot better
> than mine, since I know how to do it now.  But I have
> no idea how to
> price them, and I sort of don't want to start sapping the
> potential
> market if Looney labs decides to start selling them
> again.  I suppose
> if you wanted a single tree of small/medium/large or
> something?  I
> dunno.
> Like a lightsaber, pyramids are best when built by
> you.  I would
> suggest doing a little math and fFiguring out how big you
> want your
> pyramids, and how much material that will require. 
> Then get creative,
> visit some hardware and craft stores, and see what
> materials you have
> at hand.  Do you want them solid or hollow?  Do
> you care about weight?
>  What games are you going to play? (This seems irrelevant,
> but
> actually I think different materials might be more useful
> fFor
> different games)  You mentioned fFoam. 
> Cool!  I was thinking it might
> be interesting (if a bit heavy) to have a fFew transparent
> Plexiglas
> pyramids.
> Hopefully this answers a thing or two, anyway.  =)
> Cheers!
> --Scott
> On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 3:40 PM, David L. Willson <DLWillson@xxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
> > I'd like to buy some big foam or cardboard pyramids.
> Failing that, are there instructions out there somewhere?
> I'm looking for something paintable, and 2 or 3' tall (when
> standing).
> >
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