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- April 28, 2018 at 5:30 am #13273Richard BaldwinGuest
So I’m planning to make the following dice:
And I’m trying to figure out what materials I need – what resin to get in particular, but also what other materials I might use so that I don’t overuse resin and have to sand off as much as the guy who made these dice (he just poured the resin into a small plastic cup, which uses a lot of resin per die).
I’m in Canada, in case that makes a difference for what products I can get (I know, for instance, I can’t get aerosols shipped cross-border).
- April 28, 2018 at 11:13 am #13277
You are in luck! We have tutorial showing how to do it here: https://youtu.be/isDb4dJDlkk In the video I use Alumilite Amazing casting resin, but that will make opaque dice. It looks like these are transparent green. In that case, I would use these products:
Transparent green color: https://shop.resinobsession.com/collections/colorants/products/resin-obsession-transparent-color-pigments-single-1-ounce-colors?variant=6787892417
Dice molds: https://shop.resinobsession.com/collections/molds/products/clear-silicone-set-of-7-dice-molds?variant=7083330306081 (We are sold out of these currently, but expect more in stock in the next 2 to 3 weeks)
It looks like the creator put the dice into metal cages for finishing. I’m afraid I don’t have a source for those.
- April 29, 2018 at 7:29 pm #13290Richard BaldwinGuest
The metal cages are something I’ve bought – and the idea is that one puts them in a cup, pours resin around them, and then cuts and sands off the excess resin. But I figure I could decrease the resin excess with the right mold. The dice molds, unfortunately, might not be good for this – they have numbers on them, and since the dice cages have the numbers built in then this is not ideal because I’d have to fill the numbers with more resin as a post-mold process, leading to possible colour-matching issues. That’s if the dice cages will fit in the molds, which seems unlikely since the cages are the same size as your largest molds – add in the numbers sticking in to the mold and there probably isn’t space for the cages.
I’m thinking perhaps I need something like a sphere mold slightly larger than 25mm in which I can place a dice cage, then I just sand away the excess material thereafter. Thoughts?
Thanks for the reply,
- April 29, 2018 at 8:15 pm #13294
So that I’m clear, are there clear ‘windows’ in these metal cages? i.e. will these cages hold water (or resin for that matter)?
- April 29, 2018 at 8:56 pm #13295Richard BaldwinGuest
They are holes – the resin will run out if the cage and dice are not put in a larger container.
- April 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm #13298
If it were me, I would wrap the dice with clear packing tape. That will minimize the amount of resin that runs out that you will have to sand off later. After the resin cures, you can peel away the packing tape.
- April 30, 2018 at 7:31 pm #13311Richard BaldwinGuest
Good idea – cheers!
- May 29, 2018 at 12:35 am #13706Richard BaldwinGuest
I tried the packing tape idea, and it worked pretty well – but the packing tape stuck a little too well to some spots they weren’t supposed to, giving me some divots on the outer surfaces. I filled the divots with more resin, but after sanding I still have some cloudy areas where those surfaces were, or on the border edges between the new and old resin. Do you have recommendations for this? I wonder if I can just polish them away, if I must go back in to the divots and sand them out at a high enough grit to solve the problem – or if I have to burn the epoxy out and start over.
- May 29, 2018 at 1:29 pm #13718
As long as you end with a 1000 grit or higher, it should polish nicely without seeing any sanding marks.
- July 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm #14361DiceaholicGuest
Are these close to your dimensions? Even if not, looks like they have some great embedding materials like holographic flakes, glow in the dark pigments, etc.
- July 12, 2018 at 4:52 pm #14362DiceaholicGuest