It took me forever to make, but I finally finished! I'm actually proud of this and thought I would share. The next one I want to make will have the skull suspended in blood and have roman numerals on it. I want to make a whole bunch of different kinds, so if you have any neat ideas you would like to share, please do. Thank you for looking
Ok, Ill share this one.. but not my babies (the dice made of cards) since those were totally an original idea and like I said, I see them as my babies..
Ok so for this you will need the following stuff
*whatever you want to be suspended i.e the skull, you can use just about any material except bronze I believe, which I think there is just an additional step for metal. otherwise i think it will turn green or something (not sure haven't tried metal)
*liquid plastic, which can be found at most craft stores for like $20-$25
*a jumbo size D20 (or whatever size you want)
*Mold Builder (liquid latex) which can also be found at craft stores or online for like $22
*a Paint brush you dont mind losing
*Dremmel Tool (or just fine grit sandpaper if you are really, really, really patient.. ONLY fine grit.. like 220 or more otherwise you'll ruin your D20)
*A flat surfaced container or something else you can use for the mother mold process..
*Either paint or Vinyl (Numbers.. i used Red Vinyl) you can find vinyl at craft stores or online for like $20 a roll...
*Water based Clear Polycrylic Laminate (get the gloss) You can get the small cans at like walmart or lowes for like $5-$10
*6 small clear disposable cups (this part is important to use all the same size, and they'll be trash after this so don't use regular drinking glasses)
*Mold Release Spray.. found at crafting stores as well..
Ok. So Step One.. The Mold
So you will need to do this on a flat surface. Doing it over plastic (like a sheet of acrylic) will work the best.. You can just use wax paper but if you do you need to tape it down.. So take the D20 and put it in the center of your area. Its best if you can glue it down with like a small amount of hot glue. If you want to paint the numbers on I suggest leaving the 1 face down so you'll have less to do later when prepping to paint.. Ok so you brush on the mold builder (liquid latex) in a thin layer.. and cover the entire thing.. Refer to the instructions for how long to wait to do the next layer.. You will need to do A LOT of laters.. At the very least till it is about 1/4" thick but no less.. The sides and bottom will take a ton load more layers because when you are done it should look like a cube.. if It isnt you will have problems getting it out of your mother mold.. it doesn't have to be perfect, but just make sure the base is either the same width or wider than the sides and top... After you are finished Take the Xacto knife and cut from the top of one side to the bottom along the surface of the D20 (this part can be very tricky and a pain in the butt, but it is important) Leave the D20 in the mold becuase you still need to build the mother mold..
Now the Mother Mold
You will need a mother mold because once you take the latex mold off the D20 it will be floppy and imposible to hold together evenly. So, with the opening on the bottom still Take the Container (like a butter tub or something) and cut the bottom off.. Put this around your Mold. It is best to glue this down with hot glue one to seal the bottom and two to keep it from moving once you put the plaster in..
Spray the Latex Mold and D20 with the Mold release Spray. A light amount is all that is needed. Mix plaster and Pour into container and allow to harden.. Remove the container, then take the mold and D20 out of the plaster (this could be a little tricky) Then you should be able to remove the D20 from the latex mold. Put the Latex mold Back into the plaster, now it is ready for the casting
Liquid plastic can be really difficult and messy to work with.. Follow the directions on the specific resin you use, some have different mixing ratios and if not mixed correctly will either, turn yellow, not cure, or turn out sticky.. So Mix enough to fill your D20 mold half way, then according to the directions, allow to cure. Then place the item you want suspended in it and fill the mold the rest of the way with the liquid plastic. Allow to cure completely. Remove from mold.
Step 4 Finishing
This part will vary depending on if you made your mold correctly and mixed the plastic correctly. If there are any rough edges, sand with a Dremmel tool or fine grade sandpaper. Be careful not to over sand or you could melt the plastic. Once its sanded you are ready to do the numbers, either paint them or put vinyl.. Once paint is dried time to coat with the laminate. Make sure to mix every time. If you keep 2 cups with water in them next to you, you can just set the spoon your mixing with in the water so the laminate doesnt harden over the spoon and mess up the can and you don't have to use 10,000 spoons. I also do this with those disposable paintbrushes.. Do one side at a time and be sure the laminate doesnt run off the edges. Allow each side to dry all the way before moving on to the next..
i wonder how well cardboard would hold up in the die. with the the clear nature of the die, you might be able to fit the art from an mtg card in there for some added flair.
It would be cool to do like a 3D card that was just the art and stick it in there... Like do a 3D swamp and have the skull in front of it... and same with islands but instead have like a cool looking water drop.. etc.. Good Idea, I'm gonna try that next if I ever have time..