ESC Collective Dome Kit
A promotional piece made using a laser printer/etcher, sticker paper, and basswood sheets.
- Tweezers - 7-9” bowl - Patience
Set aside approximately 45mins to 1.5 hrs to do this. The experience is designed for one person, but certain aspects will go faster with more people. Be precise, these pieces are tiny! Avoid touching the sticky part of the hubs as much as possible. Make sure to pinch the hub flaps over a secure them firmly against the wood. The better you stick down your hubs initially the less it is likely that you will have to re-stick hubs that get jerked out of place. Tweezers are your friend, especially if you don’t have nimble fingers. If you ruin a hub, that’s ok, the kit includes almost twice the amount of hubs you’ll need for completion.
Step 1) Break out your struts and make two neat piles. In order for the math to work, it is important to use the correct strut lengths for every facet of this dome.
Step 2) Start with a five-star hub and build the top center pentagon(Alpha) surrounded by six-star hubs at the outer connection points. Each strut coming off of the five-star hub will be a B strut, while the surrounding struts will always be A struts. Place upside down in your bowl and avoid letting the sticker hubs touch anything. Pro-tip, double up your center hub by applying another sticker from the inside to make it extra study during the building process.
Step 3) Build 5 more pentagons(Beta), but this time use the bottom four-star hubs in two locations and a six-star on the left side. The pattern of strut arrangements are always the same, but you won’t be applying as many on this step. Make sure to leave the outer six-star hubs un-attached (See photo). We will connect these on the next step.
Step 4) Now that you have all 6 pentagons(1 Alpha + 5 Beta) completed, it’s time to put together the dome. It is recommended you use a bowl while you are combining the pieces as it will make your life a whole lot easier. Attach the top of a pentagon(B) to one of the 5 six-star hubs in your pentagon(A).
Step 5) Carefully move your way around the first pentagon(A) in the same direction the whole time until you come full circle. The bowl will help from putting pressure on the structure before it gains strength from taking it’s full form.
Step 6) Fill in the rest of the bottom gaps with A Struts.
Step 7) Double check that all of your stickers are still adhered to the struts firmly and then pick your dome up and place it on your desk!