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A deck of playing cards that mechanically transforms into Fine Art, LITERALLY....!

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You can choose the same 2 decks or 2 different decks. Both decks will come with a Metal Case.
You can choose the same 2 decks or 2 different decks. Both decks will come with a Metal Case.

Add On's below...

If you’re new to Kickstarter it can be a bit confusing at first to understand how to purchase EXTRA stuff to your preexisting pledge.  In order to do that, you just Add On.

After you have picked your pledge, you go back and click your blue Manage Your Pledge button. Then you Add On the $$$ amount for the Add On you want. (P.S.) Don't forget to Add On any extra shipping cost if your an International backer. (If you live outside the USA).

CLICK LINKS BELOW TO SEE COLOR OPTIONS AS WELL AS THE VIDEO.

Light Siam  Jet Hematite  Full Set (Crystal)  Amethyst  Black Diamond

Aluminum Anodized Red and Blue
Aluminum Anodized Red and Blue
Copper and Brass
Copper and Brass

Stainless Steel and Titanium
Stainless Steel and Titanium
 
Stealth Black Anodized Aluminum with Crystal set in Pip.
Stealth Black Anodized Aluminum with Crystal set in Pip.

The Dale Mathis, Amber Rix exclusive Metal Dice Collaboration.

I teamed up with the Queen of Dice Amber Rix, to bring to you the most incredible collaborative custom metal Dice ever made. Amber has had two successful Kickstarter campaigns so far.

I contacted Amber shortly after I came up with the Mechanical Card Deck and thought it would be great to add Metal Dice to the 3D Metal Playing Cards. After brainstorming, we came up with a Dice that would be a precision metal master piece as she's known for but would be pipped with Swarovski Crystals. The Crystals would be flush with the Dice face and would have a slight angle around the Crystal to accentuate it. This would allow the Dice to roll and function smoothly and bling bling while doing so. 

Click the video below to get to know the GENIUS behind the Precision Dice, Amber Rix...as well as how the Crystals are placed.

The unboxing of the prototype.

The Story behind the Tuck Box back design.

To see the original sculpture in action CLICK HERE.
The Tuck back design is near and dear to my heart. It's a sculpture I created titled "The Beat of my Broken Heart". To learn of the original piece click anywhere on the image.
The Tuck back design is near and dear to my heart. It's a sculpture I created titled "The Beat of my Broken Heart". To learn of the original piece click anywhere on the image.

The Mechanical Card Frame that stores your deck and transforms it into Kinetic fine art. 

Click below for Video Demonstration.

The Mechanical Card Frame shown with optional Amber Rix and Dale Mathis metal Dice.
The Mechanical Card Frame shown with optional Amber Rix and Dale Mathis metal Dice.

Here is how the Frame works with your 3D Deck.

1. After a game of cards you simply place the supplied single metal card in the back of the card deck. 

2. You then Insert the full deck of cards inside your 3D Tuck Box. 

The Mechanical Card Frame with 3D deck inserted.
The Mechanical Card Frame with 3D deck inserted.

3. Take your 3D Tuck Box and place it in the center of the Mechanical Card Frame. As you move closer to the center frame you will feel a tug on the tuck box. The tug you feel is the Neodymium Magnets concealed within the frame attracting the single metal card you previously placed inside the 3D Tuck Box.

The Mechanical Card Frame with 3D deck inserted.
The Mechanical Card Frame with 3D deck inserted.

4. Once the 3D Tuck Box is in place, simply slide it to the right until the 2 gears engage. 


The Mechanical Card Frame with 3D deck and optional Amber Rix & Dale Mathis Dice inserted.
The Mechanical Card Frame with 3D deck and optional Amber Rix & Dale Mathis Dice inserted.

5. There is a switch just behind the Mechanical Frame which activates the larger gear in the frame as well as LED lights. 

The Mechanical Card Frame with 3D deck and optional Amber Rix & Dale Mathis Dice inserted.
The Mechanical Card Frame with 3D deck and optional Amber Rix & Dale Mathis Dice inserted.

6. When the switch is flipped the gears in the face of the tuck box will begin to rotate and the LED lights will illuminate your deck of cards. If you flip the switch in the opposite direction, the gears will stop and the light will remain on. If you center the switch, the gears will stop and the lights will shut off.

Optional dramatic mood lighting for the Mechanical Card Frame.
Optional dramatic mood lighting for the Mechanical Card Frame.

Optional dramatic mood lighting for the Mechanical Card Frame.
Optional dramatic mood lighting for the Mechanical Card Frame.

The metal card frame comes standard in 110V. Can be modified to Euro 220V.
The metal card frame comes standard in 110V. Can be modified to Euro 220V.

 Hello Kickstarters and fans of The Art of Dale Mathis....!

Over the last 600 years, playing cards have changed very little. As an accomplished artist and designer, I wanted to change that by literally thinking outside the box, no pun intended. 

I dreamed of creating a deck of cards unlike any made before. I wanted this deck to be like the Ferrari of playing cards, to be made of the finest materials, designed with feminine curves and a masculine stature. I wanted it technologically advanced but designed to be played hard with. When not played with, would look sexy, hypnotizing anyone who laid eyes on it. Last but not least, it had to maintain it's collectible value as would any piece of fine art. 

To achieve this level of quality, the deck had to be printed by The United States Playing Card Company and be fitted with micro kinetic movements made of metal that actually functioned. This complicated feat could only be accomplished by  Dale Mathis Studio Inc, the sister company of The Art of Dale Mathis. The last major challenge was for this deck of cards to transform itself into fine art after a game of cards and be the talk of your home and or Office for many years to come..


Making an idea into a reality.

Over the course of a year and many sacrificial decks given to me by my good friend Andrei Jikh from Theory 11, I finally came up with a few awesome functioning prototypes. I'm now ready to make them available to the general public, that's you. With that said, this Mechanical 3D Metal Playing Card deck will be made available in limited editions for the duration of this Kickstarter campaign. Once the campaign has ended, how ever many decks have been procured will be the only ones in existence and I will never produce this particular deck again. This cant happen without your help so if you think this is an awesome deck of cards, please, please make your pledge.

Graphic design fused with metal design.
Graphic design fused with metal design.
 

What's included in your 3D deck?

1. Printed by the United States Playing Card Company.

2. Standard Bicycle grade paper. If the campaign reaches $70,000+, we will upgrade to Bee paper.

3. Custom Tuck Box.

4. Two Joker Cards with my "No Way Out Sculpture" as the main design face. To learn more about No Way Out CLICK HERE.

5. One Promo Card (Facebook, twitter...etc..)

6. One custom Ace of Spades Card. (Will reveal later in the campaign)

7. One COA (Certificate Of Authenticity) card with the edition number of your deck printed on it.

8. Tuck printed on Black Matte stock and possibly a Red Matt on the inside of the Tuck Box.

9. Embossing and Foil.

10. 3D Metal card face mechanism attached to deck.

11. 52 STANDARD poker playing cards. (This deck is all about the Tuck Box and it's accessories.) 

  Certificate of Authenticity shows 0001/2500 for demonstration only.

Who we are

Hello Kickstarters, my name is Dale Mathis and I’m known in the commercial Art world as a fine artist who dabbles in Industrial Kinetic sculpture and design. My style of art has been associated with the Steampunk movement, others refer to it as mechanized madness. Over the last decade me and my team have designed for Interior designers, museums, homes and Hotels. I have a line of limited edition kinetic art pieces in fine art galleries world wide. My studio and I have even created art for Corporations, philanthropic organizations, government agencies, celebrities, television networks and even the Prince of Qatar. You can see more of my creations here. dalemathis.com



Risks and challenges

I have been in the Art and manufacturing business for well over a decade and based on my experience I can not assure you that everything will happen as planned. Things happen occasionally especially when outsourcing.

I co own a small factory/studio in the Philippines where I live half the year as well as a small distribution center/studio in Las Vegas, NV. The majority of this project will be produced by my company which gives me more control over production and deadlines. Even though I will control the majority of production, there is room for delays when dealing with my suppliers as I can not control their operation. I can assure you that if roadblocks do occur, I have more than enough experience in dealing with them as they come. I have held a good reputation in the Art Industry for well over a decade for good customer service and quality craftsmanship..

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    THE CHOSEN ONE: You get everything listed

    One deck of your color choice with my personal signature, Your choice of 4 Amber Rix Dice, One Metal Case to house your 3D deck, One Mechanical Card Frame, one signed Dale Mathis book and your choice of crystal setting in the Dice and or Tuckbox

    International Shipping will be handled once the Kickstarter ends. You are responsible for shipping, taxes and duties..

    A gift from me to you because you were first. ………. Limited to 1 special person.

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    GONE IN 60 SECONDS DEAL: One Silver Deck WITHOUT Gold embellishments. Refer to Add On image for reference to color. LIMITED TO ONLY 10.

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    One Silver Deck WITHOUT Gold embellishment

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    One Silver Deck WITH Gold embellishment.

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    DICE DEALS 1: Two (2) ALUMINUM anodized in Clear, Blue, Black, or Red.

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    Black Out Deck:
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    Mix and Match (Any 2 deck color options of your choice). Add On $20 for personal Dale Mathis signature on Deck’s

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    Mix or Match (Any 2 deck color options of your choice). This Pledge ONLY applies to the silver or silver/gold embellished 3D deck. Metal Card Case now comes with both 3D decks FREE

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    DICE DEALS 2: Two (2) Precision dice made from STAINLESS STEEL

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    DICE DEALS 6: Four (4) Precision dice made from ALUMINUM anodized in Clear/silver, Blue, Black, or Red

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    The Blacker the Berry the sweeter the Juice Deal: One Black Out deck with (2) Two Aluminum Black anodized Dice. Your choice of Crystal colors set in Dice...Free

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    DICE DEALS 3: Two (2) Precision dice made from BRASS

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    DISPLAY FRAME: The Display Frame is NON functional. It will display any of the 3D playing cards as well as any standard deck of cards on the market. The Display frame will NOT mechanically move the gears. The Display frame comes in Black and Gold as well as the Original (Mechanical frame style with the filigree in the four corners). Each frame will come with a metal card to magnetize the deck to its face

    Add on $25 for a light kit installed. Light comes in standard white

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    TRIPLE PACK: Silver, Silver/Gold and the Black Out Deck

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    DICE DEALS 4: Two (2) Precision dice made from COPPER

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    COLLECTORS EDITION 6 PACK (SILVER--SILVER/GOLD): (6 decks, your color choice between Silver OR Silver/Gold Deck) This does NOT include the Black Out Deck

    Each deck will come in its own Metal case with clear window and foam inserts Free

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    DICE DEALS 5: Two (2) Precision dice made from Titanium

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL, 1 Mechanical Card Frame Only. This DOES NOT include the 3D Deck or the 4 Dice pictured. Be aware this pledge is LIMITED TO ONLY 1000. After this pledge is Sold Out the Frame will be available as an Add On only, for $170

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    HIGH ROLLER DIE DEAL: Titanium, Copper, Brass and Stainless Steel Dice.

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    COLLECTORS EDITION 6 PACK: (6 decks, your color choice between Silver, Silver/Gold and the Blackout Deck) Each deck will come in its own Metal case with clear window and foam inserts Free

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    COLLECTORS EDITION BRICK: (12 decks, your color choice) Each deck will come in its own Metal case with clear window and foam inserts

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    THE TOTAL PACKAGE DEAL: You get One deck of your color choice with my personal signature, You get 4 Amber Rix Aluminum Dice (your choice of anodized color), One Metal Case to house your 3D deck with window and foam insert, One Mechanical Card Frame, One signed Dale Mathis book and your choice of crystal setting in the Dice and or Tuckbox. This DOES NOT include the Stainless Steel Bronze Deck

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    THE TOTAL PACKAGE DEAL: 1. You get ONE (1) 3D deck of your COLOR CHOICE (your choices are between the Silver, silver/gold or Black Out Deck). 2. The Dale Mathis signature on the deck. 3. You get 4 Amber Rix Aluminum Dice (your choice of anodized color) 4. One FREE Metal Case to house your 3D deck with window and foam insert. 5. One Mechanical Card Frame or (Optional Black Out Mechanical Frame if the $100,000 stretch Goal is met). 6. One signed Dale Mathis book. 7. Your choice of crystal setting in the Dice. 8. Your choice of crystal setting in the Tuck Box kinetic face. This pledge DOES NOT include the Stainless Steel Bronze Deck as an optional deck choice

    International Shipping will be handled once this Kickstarter campaign ends. You are responsible for shipping, taxes and duties.

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    COLLECTORS EDITION BRICK: (12 decks, your color choice between the Silver, Silver/Gold and the Blackout Deck) Each deck will come in its own Metal case with clear window and foam inserts Free

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    LIMITED EDITION DECK: Stainless Steel Bronze Metal face, 24k Gold plated gears and Tuck Box signed by Dale Mathis. One signed Dale Mathis book. Metal case with clear window and foam insert + Dale Mathis signature, Optional choice of Crystals set in Metal Kinetic face

    These decks will come in editions # 2, 3, 4, and 5 only. The backers will receive the numbers based on the order of his or her pledge.

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    1st Edition. (0001/????) Mechanical Card Deck

    Includes One Mechanical Card Frame, One signed Dale Mathis Book, and four Amber Rix & Dale Mathis Dice of your choice with optional anodized color and optional crystal choice. Stainless Steel Bronze Deck NOT included in this pledge. If you want the Stainless Steel Deck with 24k gears, Add On $300

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