About this project
We are an established dice manufacturer (Metallic Dice Games) looking to expand into manufacturing high quality, FULL 16mm stone dice sets.
We have made a few samples of these using hand carved techniques. However, for mass-production, we will need to invest in a quality steel mold that will guide the stone carving into more precise shapes, which will later be hand polished to finish the manufacturing process. Using this steel mold to guide the process will also help with the precision of our stone dice.
This is where KickStarter comes in. The steel mold to make the dice more precise is costly; the materials themselves (being semi-precious stones) are also very costly. This KickStarter will help us make the mold and start with manufacturing 4 different stone materials: Clear Quartz, Hematite, Synthetic Opalite, and Red Jasper.
Here are a few pictures of the sample dice that were hand carved (the mold will make these dice much more precise).
Some Synthetic Opalite samples (pictures don't do them justice; they have a "rainbow" look effect when shining in the light!:
As you may be able to see, we have adopted a number printing system for these stone dice instead of a number engraving system. These high quality numbers are consistent, sharp looking, and will never wear off. Engraving on these types of stone would create inconsistent, low-quality numbers.
Here are a list of some other materials we can make with the mold in the future (or if you check our rewards, maybe sooner :) ).
- Tiger Eye
- Green Aventurine
- Rose Quartz
- Snow Quartz
- Rainbow Fluorite
- Sand Stone
- Synthetic Turquoise
- Picture Jasper
- Lapis Lazuli
Below is picture of the Tiger Eye stone that we made a sample of but decided not to manufacture to begin with (due to such high material costs). However, if you reach a reward this could be a selection for you!
The possibilities are endless, help us bring FULL 16mm stone dice sets to you!
Our first stretch goal has been added! After the $5,500 mark, we will start manufacturing Rose Quartz, Green Aventurine, and Blue Sandstone.
Here are some pictures of our Red Jasper, Green Aventurine, and Blue Sandstone stones ready for carving.
Please note that for the Blue Sandstone, it is very difficult to see the glitter appearance until they are polished. This second picture shows what it might look like once the Blue Sandstone has been polished.
This final picture shows our Rose Quartz material after the 1st stage of carving
After the funding, we will send out a survey. If this stretch goal is reached, you will have 7 choices to choose from for the reward. If you are at the 4 set reward level, you can choose 4 out of the 7 materials.
Thank you in advance for all of your support :)
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing is always a risk. However, we are proven in manufacturing difficult dice materials. Our numerous products already on the market show our proven track record in high quality gaming dice.
Schedule- We are confident we can manufacture these by March. We have given a few weeks leeway for margin of error.
Uncertain Demand- We are unaware of exactly how much funding we will achieve. Also, we are uncertain as to which stone dice sets our backers will choose to receive after the funding is complete. We will have a good amount of sets of each stone, but we are not sure which stones will have the most demand. We are confident we will be able to manufacture more of a certain material in a timely manner (within 1 month, possibly 2, and post timely updates on any delays), if necessary!
Shipping- These dice are very fragile. We have learned from the samples that every individual stone die must be wrapped individually. We will make sure to take these shipping precautions in order to insure they are delivered safely. Unfortunately, there is a $12 shipping cost to orders outside the U.S. in order to cover the high shipping costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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