Making a C60, Bucky Ball, Buckminsterfullerene model
Step 1. un-pack the parts and separate the straws.
Step 2. connect five black 'atoms' with five of the straws (use the colour straws that you have the most of for this)
Step 3. Join the 5th straw into the last black atom so that you make up a pentagon - 5 sided - shape (you will have to bend them as they want to make a hexagon). Be careful here - don't make up hexagons (6 sides).
Step 4. Make up 12 separate pentagons
Step 5. After you have made up the 12 pentagons start to join them up using the 5 spare 'connections' on each pentagon. Use the other colour straws for this.
Step 6. Connect five pentagons around a central pentagon to form a sort of star.
Step 7. Then continue to add straws to connect the five outer pentagons with each other. This will make the structure start to curve-up to form a bowl shape. It is half the Bucky Ball.
Step 8. make up two of these bowl shapes. Each should have 6 pentagons and 5 hexagons.
Step 9. Start to join-up these two halves of the ball with more straws. They need to go together correctly. Make sure that when you have added just two more straws, that a hexagon is formed NOT a square or an octagon (8 sides) ! Dont go any further until you are happy that this is so.
Step. 10. Continue to add straws to join up the model.
Step 11. ... the last straw to go in.
Step 12. The completed C60, Bucky Ball, or Buckminsterfullerene model - well done !
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