Its Golgari time! Depicted in the colors green and black is life and death. These dice are inspired by the Golgari guild from Magic. Sometimes a sacrifice is necessary to feed the swarm...so stay vigilant!
These dice are still raw and need some sanding and inking.
Making snowglobe dice is very fun and they are very beautiful, but I have always been bothered by the unbalanced aesthetic of round beads in square cases (especially with my rectangular d4).
An additional challenge is that the beads I use for cores have teeeeeny tiny openings because they’re designed for jewelry, so I could only use very fine glitters and not anything else cool.
So, how to solve this problem? Obviously I needed to find something that fits better than round glass beads, and I also needed to have a larger opening to fit a broader variety of filler. Alas, for months of searching I couldn’t find anything that existed that checked all my boxes. Things that worked for the d20 didn’t work for the d4, and not being able to make a full set was just not on.
The solution: Blender, endless tedium of teeny tiny measurements, and loading up clear resin in the printer.
I took my dice models, unextruded all the numbers, deleted the top face, and then solidified it with a 1mm wall, making a hollow die exactly as much smaller than my regular dice as the depth of the number wells so they’d center automatically. I also modeled that deleted face on its own as a cap with beveled edges so I could seal everything up nice and tight with UV resin in a syringe.
I can’t polish the insides to make the inserts crystal clear, but polishing the outsides to high gloss kept the prints transparent enough to see perfectly inside, and the slight matte ended up making my finished product even more amazing:
AN ENTIRE SET OF MOVING SKULL AND BONES GELATINOUS CUBES
EASILY the most amazing things I have ever made. I love them so much.
All right buckos, so I have gotten back into resin. My resin from my first stint in the medium yellowed too much to use as clear for the things I was making, so I bought some cute molds.
I do plan to continue making the 3D resin paintings, but for now I have a gallon of resin I can’t use with that!
I’m hoping to sell these creations to help fund... get this... more resin and bowls for the 3D paintings. :P If I make a bunch of these, well, which look do you guys prefer? Do you guys like the frogs and lizards?!
1. hand painted (the coffee colored ones)
2. gold leaf bits brushed into the mold so they appear on the surface (green lizard and light blue frog)
3. gold leaf mixed directly into the resin so they are floating throughout (dark blue frog)