We believe the Machu Picchu Dice to be something quite... weird. GOOD wierd. We have looked extensively, and found nothing slightly similar out there. So we are happy, because we are doing something awesome AND new.
We made the dice with two key purposes:
A. Deliver something GREAT. We wanted durability, we wanted precision and we wanted beauty.
(And B. is perhaps the most important one.)
B. To create a product that MEANT something.
There is so much amazing things to be shared from this corner of the world: talented people, amazing designs and materials, that even something as simple as reimagining a dice design is an opportunity to create something truly unique. It's hard work, and a single die can take many hours to make, but the result is well worth it.
We came up with three great models:
They might remind you of the classic dice design, yet they are not. We take on the classic forms and transform them into something bold and new.
'Apu' is quechua for 'mountain-god'. We wanted something simple, that would take inspiration of elements and forms found in the Inca culture and its landscape, and give back something different and beautiful.
We couldn’t resist to make these ones available. They use gorgeous iconography from the annual calendar of the Incas, as well as the chakana (Inca’s symbol for the Tree of Life). A masterpiece.
Yes! That’s right. Awesome & mighty dice bags, made out of beautiful Peruvian fabrics! Just a gorgeous complement for your dice! Want to know the best part? They come 100% FREE with ever dice order! Keep in mind, this footage is of our EARLY prototype, if you think this one looks cool just wait until we show you the final model!
You may have seen the video and thought “Well that looks like a pretty simple venture. They had an idea, they worked together with and artisan, and easy peasy the dice were done.” Noup.
More like they had an idea, they looked over many many months, amongst many many artisans along many many parts of Peru, until (finally!)... the chosen one.
During this process, we tested various materials, techniques and designs. There were good-looking dice that just weren’t strong enough. There were strong dice that looked awful. There were imperfections that needed to be solved. And then, (VICTORY!) the Machu Picchu Dice were born.
These are the materials that take part in the making:
1. Nephrite stone
We tested them all: quartz, black obsidian, tiger's eye, onyx, sodalite... along many others. THEY ALL BROKE.
Nephrite is great because it is both hard and tenacious. Hardness, the technical term, is the ability of a mineral to resist scratching. A diamond surface is really hard, so when pressed to a glass it will cut it: because it is HARDER than the glass. But that doesn’t mean a diamond won’t break when struck. That brings us to our second tecnical term: tenacity. Tenacity is the measurement of the resistance of a material to breaking.
Most materials are either hard OR tenacious, but very little few are good at both. Nephrite, which is a type of jade, is special like that.
2. Peruvian silver (with a fineness of 950)
Fineness of 950 stands for its 950/1000 silver composition, which is the same that saying 95% silver. That's pretty much as good as it gets, that other 5% is made out of copper and other metals, and it's a fundamental part of the alloy to make it hard and resistant to oxidation.
3. Chrysocolla stone
Gorgeous combo of sky blue and bluish-green on one gemstone.
4. Lapis Lazuli stone
Deeper than deep blue, this semi-precious stone is an all-time favorite.
5. Spondylus shell
Classic element of Pre Inca and Inca art, this shell offers many shades of purple to red to white.
6. Abalone shell
Also known as mother-of-pearl, this GORGEOUS shell possess a highly iridescent surface, making it appear to change color when light moves around it. An Inca classic.
Note: To ensure durability of the dice, materials 3 to 6 are covered with resin.
Best to keep this part as visual as possible.
Carla Escobar (The Architect)
Born in Peru and currently living in Miami, where she is about to finish her studies as an architect, she has always been passionate about the Pre Inca and Inca culture: its designs, forms and colors. The Machu Picchu Dice seemed like an excellent way to play with these elements and create something worthwhile.
Juan Manuel Gómez (The Engineer)
Born and currently living in Lima-Peru, he has a degree in industrial engineering with diploma on Innovation. He has always loved doodling and creating, the Machu Picchu Dice seemed like a great way to do so and travel around a little. "ME-LOVE-TRAVELLING", he says emphatically when asked.
A BIG THANKS
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Risks and challenges
What we NEED is a good enough demand to improve on equipment and amount of staff. Our bottleneck right now is that. Of course, this is our first time of Kickstarter and there will be a learning curve, but we have made sure to tackle that by planning ahead and keeping a schedule.
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