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59.5 Popsicle Stick Balancing Act – Winners Announced

Posted on Oct 8, 2018 by in Results Posted


1st Place: Smiley Face 🙂

smiley face entry

Smiley Face slipped into first place with this delicate balancing act, which utilizes a mere 216 magnets. It just goes to show that a Triumph Set is all you need to take home the gold in a Zen Magnets contest. 😃 had this to say about their process, “I tried about five different things. All of them failed. They were either too heavy or just didn’t balance. I finally found one that looks good and is not too heavy.” Smiley Face wins $100 in Zen Credits.



2nd Place: Dan Condon-Jones

Dan Condon-Jones

I had the idea to do a bird perching on a lolly stick almost immediately, and managed to make the bird itself in about fifteen minutes. It then took me over a week to manage to make a tail which was rigidly connected to the bird, strong enough to hold its shape, light enough that it didn’t fall off, and well balanced enough that the bird didn’t lean forward or backward. In the end, it’s made of 1,318 magnets.” Dan nailed that bird bod and receives $65 in Zen Credits. Be sure to check his flickr for more views of the bird build.



3rd Place: Aidan


Aidan created the heftiest structure with 4320 Zen Magnets, over 3000 more magnets than any other entries. This is what he had to say about this inverted skyscraper, “I decided on using a diagonal cube type structure as it was stronger than other methods I tried. I also did my best to use every magnet I have which is 4320 of them.” Aidan is awarded  $35 Zen Credits for 3rd place, plus $50 Zen Credits for most magnets used.



4th Place: shmibbles


First I focused on making something that could balance as required, then I just tried to make it look cool.” An interesting interplay between nature and mirror balls, shmibbles’ balancing act features a branch-like structure photographed in a tree. shmibbles receives $25 in Zen Credits for 4th place.



5th place: SZ King

SZ King

To maintain balance, we must consider the center of gravity, so I made a heart, both to maintain the center of gravity, but also to express my love for magnets.” SZ King wasn’t the only one to submit a heart for this contest, but he’s the only one walking away with $15 in Zen Credits. View more angles plus a video of this build at his flickr.



If you haven’t already, click on the images to check out the original size. And keep in mind that contests held here are independent of the Zen Gallery. Magnet sculptors can always submit photos to to win magnets as well.

Spectators, keep your eyes peeled for the next contest, because you choose the winners.

Contest Winners, we’ll email you your prizes soon.




We received 7 entries in total for this contest, of which the rules were to create a sculpture of Zen Magnets with exactly 2 magnets making contact on a regular popsicle stick.


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The top 5 will receive prizes. 1st place gets $100 in Zen Credits, the rest will be announced with the winners. A bonus, secondary prize of $50 in Zen Credits goes to the sculpture with the most magnets.

Judges, remember that this contest is a photography contest just as much as it is a magnet sculpture contest, overall aesthetic does matter. Voting deadline is 10/12.

Pick your favorite three, and vote in this google form: