Hexagonal Grid 2-Layer Octahedron Like

by: Gustoph Follow

Special Thanks to Damian O'Connor for the AMAZING tutorial and step by step walk through! It was very informative and is available via the link above.

I Made 3 different versions of this octahedron, each a different size. The smallest one took 4 sets of magnets, or 864 magnets. The second one or medium size one took 7 full sets, or 1512 magnets. The largest one took more than an entire mandala set so i had to use two different colors! It took 12 sets total, or 2592 magnets


  • Damian - 1 year 3 months ago
    Gustoph, this is awesome! I love how you have the green inside filtering out, and your photography is really good (though I have some spherical-magnet-specific tips, off you see are interested, to do with controlling the reflections, and the localised high contrast)
  • eitantal777 - 1 year 3 months ago
    Nice work, Gustoph! Welcome to the club :)

    I dare ya' to build it with micromagnets, you're in for a challenge ;)
  • Gustoph - 1 year 3 months ago
    Thanks Damian, I welcome ANY & ALL tips/tricks/pointers/suggestions and or ideas that you might send my way! I am not an expert when it comes to magnets nor photography, so suggestions from somebody more experienced than myself are quite welcome, in the spirit of learning!
    Please feel free to get a hold of me via my email address or look me up on Facebook

    I look forward to hearing from you, as I always enjoy meeting new magnetic friends!
  • Gustoph - 1 year 3 months ago
    Eitantal777 I just may try this build with MicroMagnets tonight! I recently received my second mandala set of MicroMagnets, so I should be able to make the largest 12 set octahedron, and maybe even fill in some of the gaps with the teeny tiny itty bitty 3-ball triangles!
  • Damian - 1 year 3 months ago
    My own photographic skills are limited, so the tip is simple really: you can eliminate the localised high contrast (i.e. the myriad tiny bright reflections of lights) by not having any lights on the camera side of the structure. Of course, this makes the photo a bit dull, so you can light up the whole room. A step further is to take a photo through a white sheet. I actually made a white cone out of quite flimsy paper (sheets from a desk pad). If you cut a circle into say four slices, and remove one and stick the rest back together, you have a come. If you have the right sized hole at the top, it's quite strong enough to support a camera for great top view shots. See it here: