How to Make the 6x6 Buckyballs Cube

by A M

Supplies

  • 216 Buckyballs (Rare Earth magnet balls)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Collect all 216 magnetic balls

    Step 2

    Open it all up so you have one long chain

    Step 3

    Join the ends! Now it's a long closed chain

    Step 4

    Stick two ends and the rest will snap together. Double up!

    Step 5

    Avoid lone magnets at the end of the chain. If you have one, take it off gently and stick it to the other one at the other end.

    Step 6

    Like Step 3, join the two ends to make a smaller chain.

    Step 7

    Similarly, join the two ends like in Step 4. And avoid the similar lone pair as shown in this pic and Step 5.

    Step 8

    Now separate the top two magnets so you get a row of four.

    Step 9

    The Zipper. Just swipe your finger along the opening, down the length of the stack. Like a zipper.

    Step 10

    You now have a bed of four rows of magnets. From any end, count 18 of these rows.

    Step 11

    Caution: You may mess up if not careful. Split the bed at the 18th column of your 4-row magnets.

    Step 12

    The part that you just removed, divide it along the middle so you get a two row chain. Or just simply make one.

    Step 13

    Check the polarity of the two pieces before joining. Do as shown in the picture.

    Step 14

    You have your base for the cube. Count 6 balls and fold them like a pleat on the base.

    Step 15

    You have your first side of the cube. Count 6 and fold backwards, again. (Tip: Always be folding in towards the base)

    Step 16

    Repeat this step 3 times

    Step 17

    You have successfully made your 6x6 Buckyballs cube!

    Step 18

    Go, challenge your friends! Enjoy :)