HOWTO make a stained-glass D20

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10 Responses to “HOWTO make a stained-glass D20”

  1. Cory, for shame. It’s Crown Royal that comes in a velvet bag. :-)

  2. CSBD says:

    Crown Royal bags are Velvet… and the short slang name we used for them was Crown bag or Crown velvet bag. We never used “royal” as it sounded too much like that “not Coke or Pepsi” cola in a blue can that nobody ever liked.

    We always enjoyed fighting over what number was actually on top (rolled) of the 100 sided die.   Well worth the $10 back in 1989.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zocchihedron

  3. LintMan says:

    They’re attractive, but I’d guess you’d want them to be mainly decorative: I can’t see those dice holding up to the kind of abuse dice frequently get in gaming sessions (ie: hitting the floor).   Given the handcrafted nature, I’m also a bit concerned about the die’s fairness.

  4. mypalmike says:

    tl;dr – Cut. Etch. Solder.

  5. Max says:

    I don’t get it, they have a laser cutter that will cut the glass (they warn you to make sure it’s on etch mode not cut mode), that they use to etch the numbers and to etch the numbers they have to put the triangles in a cardboard jig.
    Surely it’s easier just to give the laser cutter the whole design : Etch number and cut triangle off???? All with the no removing bits, lining them up in cardboard, cutting cardboard, hand cutting glass, etc….
    Or did I miss something by being too annoyed to read the full article?

    • jwkrk says:

      Typically a laser can do vector cutting and/or raster etching, often differentiated by the color used in the graphic file.  So they use one file to vector cut the cardboard guide, and the same file to raster etch the glass.

  6. MrScience says:

    Dice like these are pretty nifty. I took a photo of a pair at a memorial for Gygax at PAX ’08:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkphibre/2824467612/in/photostream/

  7. Mitch_M says:

    If you didn’t have no etchin’ laser you could cut the numbers out of resist and rent time in a sand blastin’ cabinet at your friendly local stained glass shop.

    It would be interesting to make machine made dice of the same size and weight and set up a test to see how “random” they are compared to the hand made dice.  Of course a roll of the dice isn’t random at all because every movement of the dice is governed by the laws of physics.

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