If you were too late in getting in on the kickstarter project, you can buy the sculptures at promotex’s web site.
Helpful tips for assembling your Magnetic Levitation Sculpture:
- Sometimes (especially with acrylic) small cutouts don’t fall out. What I think happens is that so much heat is concentrated it melts the edges a bit too much, causing the acrylic to run a bit and bond with the rest of the piece. I’ve found that a gentle push from the cutting side (the side that you can see is completely cut) will dislodge it. If it still won’t (seems to happen with the hex spacer most) you may have to put it on something like a carpet, and tap the center with something a bit harder. One enterprising Backer used a dremel tool, but I’ve put together about 20, and I’ve never had to go that far. I had the benefit of being able to make another one if I broke it, but tapping it (not with a hammer!) didn’t ever break it for me. You’re more likely to chip the acrylic if you push from the back than from the front, though, according to another backer.
- The instructions say ‘Bottom nut should be tight against end of bolt’. That’s not a suggestion: If its not very tight, the bottom cone won’t raise/lower when you turn the dial. Ditto for the part where it says ‘Make sure locking nut is tight on elevator bolt.’ Its best to use pliers and/or a screwdriver to get it nice and tight.
- The bottom cone bold should be assembled so that the nut that fits into the star is about halfway up the bolt. Otherwise, the cone may be out too far, and you won’t be able to assemble the sculpture!
- When putting together an acrylic sculpture, its best to use rubber gloves, because acrylic, like glass, seems to attract smudges left by fingers. I usually wore one glove to hold it, and used the un-gloved hand to peel the protective backing off. Its probably easier to remove all the backing before starting to assemble.
- If you’re putting together one of the mirrored versions, be very careful when assembling to get the mirrored surface on the correct side. Especially take note that the upper assembly is put together upside down, so adjust accordingly! It may also make a difference how you’re going to display it. If its at eye level, you’ll want the surfaces above and below the cones to be mirrored, but if you’re looking down at it, you’ll want the tops to be mirrored.
- If you’re putting together an MDF, Baltic Birch, or mirrored version, remember that two of the legs will be oppositely cut. They should be put on either side of the ‘Strong Magnet!’ text for maximum effect.
Any other tips? Feel free to comment!