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Everytime anyone mentions custom dice, we always find the same barrier, ©
That is over, my friends.
From now on, anyone will be able to put anything on a die, and because you will be doing it yourselves, even GW will have to deal with it. (sunglasses on)
You will need a Laser printer, INKJET photo paper (paper backed, not the plastic one) and a clothes iron. (and of course, blank dice)
You will be able to achieve, easily, results like this:
All dice are 16mm in size.
The pipboy was a resized image, whereas the firefly ship was vectorized to achieve best linear results.
Tutorial: Open Source Dice Making
Of course, they are not indestructible as engraved dice are, but they are fairly resistant to natural hand rubbing. Even a nail brush will not affect them much
I hope that from now on, you will not depend on anyone to have those cool dice you deserve.
I just did a small video showing how easy and fast is to do a printed die.
The machine I'm using is nothing more than a form of clothes iron, I made it to prevent back and wrist injuries due to repeated bad movements.
Thats cool, however most people are unlikely to have the materials needed. Also whats the cost between getting your own customer dice online against buying blank dice?
As far as the cost is involved, I've not seen any manufacturer that does less than 20/25 dice. The best price for that is about 0,75$ per face, so, for a full custom die, 4,5$x20=90$...
If you have to purchase the sandpaper, inkjet paper and dice, you might be seeing about $20/30 (including shippings) for the same amount of dice. You can add $9 for a thermoconductive silicone pad to make it even easier...
Of course, printed dice will fade over time, whereas lasered dice will not, on the other hand, lasered dice are just a single color over the color die, with the printing technique, you can add grayscale to it.
You'll also be not dependant on manufacturer fabrication times and such...wich is quite handy... ^_^
For a quick present or low usage die, this might be a nice trick to know.
What i meant main about the costs is the costs of the equipment its self as most people wont have them. Therefore for a hand full of dice be much cheaper to buy custom from a website.
Sorry to be so negative its a great guide, but i think theres a big limitation because of the equipment needed.
A few years ago, owning, or knowing someone who own, a laser printer, indeed might have been a strange thing...nowadays having a b/w laser printer is quite common (even in my own third world country ) If you push me...you could even go to a printer service...
As for the other basic piece of equipment needed...it's a clothes iron! Sorry for the exclamation...I myself must admit that I didn't own one and had to resort to one of my old mother's assortment. Before building the new machine, I had been working with an iron for a looong time and changed the machine just because I wanted to save some power (new machine is 300W, whereas the old iron was 700W, mostly unused...) and that my back and wrist where starting to hurt...if not, I would have continued to use the old iron...
But okay, I'll concede you that IF you don't own a laser printer (and have no friends who own one), and you don't iron your clothes (I don't iron mine...ever...well, just my single black shirt for weddings, really, I'm not kidding ^_^ ) then, yes, buying the laser printer and the iron and all the supplies will be expensiver...
Well i have embarrassed my self i believe some reason i was thinking of something totally different for the iron!
So lets replace all my comments with:
Ahh, that explains it ^_^
I'll change my reply too, with:
By the way, that was not meant as a tutorial, in the sense that it is not fully explained (altough reading the text tutorial and coupling it with the video, is quite clear). I plan on doing a full fledged tutorial with explanations, links and sources, that should be ready next week ^_^