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MoFanGe QiHong with Oliver’s Stickers

So, today we start the countdown of the last ten days with a real treat. 

To start with, this was a standard QiHong from Lightake. Nothing special, less than £2. It was swapped with a Shengshou 3×3 that I didn’t want. 

I don’t collect 3×3 cubes – because I don’t speedcube, when you’ve got one, you’ve pretty much got them all. So, this sat. Waiting…

As you may, or may not, know – I share (spam) these post on a couple of Facebook pages. I ended us chatting to Olivér about the blog and his sticker shop and he very kindly offered to send me some stickers. 

These are the first of them. 

Not being one for restickering much (at all), this should be fun!

So, I started off destickering the cube using a sticker remover I got from The Cubicle when I ordered the 10×10 parts and stickers. 

This made real quick work of removing the stickers cleanly. 

There wasn’t much residue, but I used some Sticky Off I had bought from Amazon when I knew these stickers were coming.

Quick spray. Leave it for a bit. Wipe clean. 

Then it came to applying the new stickers. When I had done this before, I had used application sheets. I didn’t have any, so used the remover for help:

You can’t clearly see the stickers, but they are so nice. They dance under the light!

Here are some checkerboards:

And a full scramble:

These are some really nice stickers – well made, well cut and really good quality. I’ve got some more to do, so I’ll show a couple more over the next two weeks:



YJ Rainbow Inequilateral Cube

I suppose after the last couple of cubes, this is the next, sensible option. 

It’s pretty much a combination of the last two cubes – a shape mod and a sticker mod. 

The shape mod is the same as the bump cube from two days ago and the sticker mod is the same as yesterday – centre rotation causing the problems. 

As with the standard bump cube, every piece has a place – no extra difficulty there. But the centre sticker has to be rotated correctly for the cube to be solved. 

I think I bought this a few months back – probably around February (my birthday is the first of Feb, so a well-sized order normally goes in around then!). 

It was crazy cheap – less than TWO POUNDS!! 

You can buy these from all of the major cubes seller (home and abroad). Definitely well worth a punt considering the cost. 

Just a quick update – I have added Oliver’s Stickers to the link page – give him a try for all of your sticker needs. He had tons of different shapes and styles. I’m fairly sure you can email him custom designs if you want to print your own super cube. 

Here’s this one scrambled:

See you tomorrow for some Friday fun!


Shengshou Mirror (“bump”) 3×3

So, pretty obvious after yesterday’s post. 

What was also pretty obvious was that yesterday’s post wasn’t very good – I must admit, I did rush it, but it wasn’t just that. I realised I didn’t really know who I was blogging for – there have been some comments that this is good for new cubers to see the different types of puzzle available. Probably not much use for experienced cuber who probably have a lot of these puzzles. 

So then, I realised it probably wouldn’t be very clear to a new cuber what a bump cube actually is!! So, I am going to try to explain that in each post from now on – experienced cubers can bear with me (we’ve all been new to something sometime, right?) and hopefully, it will be of use to newer cubers. 

So…….a mirror, or bump cube is a 3×3 shape mod (still has the same mechanical structure as a 3×3, but the outer shapes of the pieces are different). As opposed to a sticker mod, where the pieces are the same snap, but the puzzle is stickered differently to change the look and difficulty of the puzzle (see previous posts on super cubes). I  will show a 3×3 sticker mod tomorrow. 

Although, saying that, it is a slight sticker mod although the stickers don’t affect the difficulty – every piece is shaped differently, so has an exact position – if this was a normal 3×3 covered in stickers that were all the same colour, it would be pretty easy – right??

The structure here is the same – 3 layers, centres, edges and corners. The pieces are just shaped differently – layer one is thin, two is about normal and three is BIG. Turning is the same, solving is the same – find a piece (the difficult bit) then place it as you normally would (the easy bit!!). 

As I said yesterday, this was a gift bought from Amazon, for only a few pounds – can be bought from pretty much any cube shop for not very much money. 

Give it a try, you might like it. 

Now, if only I could afford for tomorrow’s cube of the day to be a 4×4 mirror cube!

Here’s this guy scrambled: