Some time ago I visited the Design Museum in London, it was inspirational.
I was fascinated by this animation and I returned home to experiment with my camera and the macro options. Have a browse through the flicker album, link via image.
I painstakingly removed the individual parts by tweezer.
I laid them out separately and in groups in a bid to count the total number of parts.
I photographed the process to produce a set of images to stimulate mathematical discussions.
I hasten to add that I lost patience, perseverance and count!!
However this idea has continued to develop over the years.