Dice Set

by ceramicwombat
Dice Set 3d printed Games Dice In stainless steel and inked.
In stainless steel and inked.
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    Bronze-infused stainless steel with visible print lines and rough feel.

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A d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, and d20. These roll best in stainless steel, but look nice in any material. If you are looking for a great way to carry my dice, please check out the Chainmail Dice Bag (http://www.shapeways.com/model/114719/chainmail_dice_bag.html) by WelshDesigns.


IN: 1.559 w x 2.398 d x 0.844 h
CM: 3.96 w x 6.092 d x 2.144 h


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@ceramicwombat Thanks for the reply. I was hoping they would roll well in plastic because I had an idea and I cant afford to buy a stainless set...yet.
January 14, 2014, 10:35 pm
@Diesel70 They roll in plastic but are very light. I don't think they are inkable in plastic, as the Strong & Flexible materials are quite porous.
January 14, 2014, 12:59 am
How well do these roll in the polished flexible plastic; and is it possible to ink the plastic dice?
January 13, 2014, 2:18 am
Not only is your design great--not too busy, no details lost in printing--your brilliant idea to ink the recessed areas gives the dice that extra oomph that makes them a really gorgeous dice set.
July 25, 2013, 1:50 am
@aizeah I wiped off the excess gesso while it was still wet, rather than waiting for it to dry. I was happy with the result. The gold-on black numerals are striking and easy to read.
January 10, 2013, 4:36 am
I haven't tested inking on the bronze or gold finish. I would suggest the stainless steel if you plan on inking them.
September 22, 2012, 5:20 am
I'm mostly interested in the gold plated matte or antique bronze matte. Harakeke mentioned rubbing off the plating.. Would this process rub off the finish of the gold or antique, or should I go for the stainless steel to prevent such from occurring?
September 22, 2012, 4:26 am
The inking is done by painting them with a layer of acrylic paint (gesso is best), waiting for it to dry, and then rubbing them vigorously with a piece of cloth. A bronze wire brush, available for $1 at your local hardware store, works great too to get the paint off the high points. It's an un-mess-uppable process.
September 21, 2012, 12:11 am
I am in love with this dice set. I love the look that everyone is talking about with the gesso.. How would you recommend colouring the cracks? I've read all of the comments everyone has said about inking them, but I don't want to purchase these until I fully understand how to do it, and feel capable of doing it properly.
September 20, 2012, 10:02 pm
Photos of my set at at http://imgur.com/a/QraBm#2 Purchased a set of these in gold plated matte, and they are gorgeous! It was totally worth the three extra bucks to have dice that are *made from gold*. (Well, gold-plated steel, anyway.) These are full-size dice with significant enough heft to make rolling feel substantial -- but not so much as to leave a dent in your tabletop. I finished mine using a coat of black gesso as suggested in the comments below. One word of caution -- be very gentle when wiping off the excess gesso. A soft dab of paper towel while the paint is wet will do it. I overdid it with a rough rag on the first attempt, and rubbed the gold-plating clean off one of the faces of the d6! Still looks okay though.
July 9, 2012, 7:42 am
My set of these fine dice (in antique, matte bronze) just arrived and oh boy, oh boy, they are SWEET! The feel of the dice is great, the weight is roughly the same as heavier among my non-metal polyhedrals, and size is roughly the same. I'm mildly toying with the idea of further darkening the recessed parts of the dice to bring out the numbers a bit, but as the original metal is quite dark, I'm not sure I'll go for it.
May 10, 2012, 6:29 pm
Well, I just received my dice, and I couldn't be happier with them. They look gorgeous, the weight is just right and they roll very nicely. If you're considering buying a set, or an individual die, then I am certain you won't regret it - they are as much works of art as they are functional dice. For those interested, I tried Liver of Sulphur solution on one face of the D6, but unfortunately there was no discernable difference in the darkness of the patina. Gesso or perhaps water-based acrylic miniature paint would seem to be the better choice if required.
March 7, 2012, 7:11 pm
Ok, thanks for the reply - my wife makes her own jewellery and uses it for the same effect, which is how I came to know about it. I'll try it out on one of mine and let you know how it goes.
March 3, 2012, 12:14 pm
I haven't tried Liver of Sulphur on any of my dice, and, in fact, had never heard of it until you mentioned it on your post below. After looking it up, it is something I'll have to try sometime. I have tried hydrochloric acid, which turns the standard stainless steel finish into a dull crustified bronze.
March 2, 2012, 8:16 pm
I have a set of these on the way in Bronze Glossy, and I was wondering if ceramicwombat or anyone else had tried using Liver of Sulphur instead of black gesso primer for the black?
March 2, 2012, 1:57 pm
Little update for anyone who is thinking of getting these. Per Wombat's suggestion, I picked up some black gesso canvas primer. The stuff is like black glue/paint. It sticks really well. Did a few quick coats last night, then spent a bit of time today scratching the raised points off with a finger nail. It was super easy, didn't take much time, and the result looks great, I think: http://brainalien.com/images/IMG_1236.JPG
September 30, 2011, 7:06 pm
Just got these and am really excited. They are slightly smaller and lighter than I imagined - but that's not a bad thing. They actually have the same weight and feel as your standard polyhedral dice. I had been a bit concerned about throwing a bunch of heavy bits of metal on my GM's table (another reason why I opted for these over the thorn dice). But I can see that won't be a problem. Can't wait to paint them to achieve the look in the photos. Thanks Ceramic Wombat for making these great designs, and thanks shapeways for getting them to be a full 8 days ahead of schedule!
September 28, 2011, 5:15 pm
You can "ink" metal to give it an antiqued finish. My mom sometimes rubs a special type of India Ink on her silver jewelery, and lets it dry. Then she gently rubs off the jewelery with a polishing cloth to remove the excess. This leaves a rich black color in the cracks. It is a very simple process. Then if for some reason, you don't like the look of it, you can always wash the ink away with paint thinner.
December 18, 2009, 7:20 am
The dice do not come inked. I have only ordered dice in stainless steel and transparent detail. A few pictures of the dice in transparent detail are on the Die20 and Circle Themed Die6 pages.
December 17, 2009, 3:04 pm
So... I think I'm confused. The description under the photo says "Dice set in stainless steel and inked." But that's not for $21.01, correct. It's $70 for the stainless steel versions? Very cool looking dice, but I thought $21 was expensive for dice. :) It would be nice to see photos of all the choices, with labels, otherwise we have no idea what we're buying here.
December 17, 2009, 1:24 pm
Very cool looking. I'd like to see a set that included two d10's, one preferably with a different ink color, for % rolls. Or, if that's not possible, other identical sets with a different ink colors.
December 16, 2009, 2:55 pm
And thanks for the comment!
November 29, 2009, 1:10 am
Yes, they are hollow to bring the price down a bit.
November 29, 2009, 1:10 am
Very nice! I like the way you've done the edges. I would buy a set but in stainless they're a bit too pricey for my blood. Tell me - are these hollow? Seems like you ought to be able to use the edge ornamentation to allow that.
November 26, 2009, 7:38 pm


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