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Update #7 - "Warhammer Pack" added!
After the successful Kickstarter campaign "Eternity Dice" we thinked if it coluld be possible to do new dice, equally beautiful and special. The Vesuvian lava stone is unique and can be found only at the slopes of Vesuvius, but we realized that in Italy and in the whole World there are so many different stones that deserve our attention, so we decided to create a complete collection of stone dice, all completely handmade one by one, containing all the energy and color of our Planet.
Each of these "jewels" combine their history genesis and the echoes from the Mother Earth.
This really is the ultimate collection!
Every die is carved by hand and no one is equal to the other, thanks to the peculiarity of each marble slab. Two dice will never be equal, even if made with the same material. Every die is unique in the world and nobody can replicate the grain of each piece.
You can add one or more of these items at your pledge:
You can customize your pledge (at the end of Kickstarter Campaign) and choose each kind of die from the image below:
AVAILABLE STONES LIST
Here is a short list, for more information about stones, please go to the end of this page.
Each die will be carved in your preferred stone from the list below and customized with sharp or rounded edges and with painted or unpainted option.
Pledge $349 LIMITED - Warammer Pack: Get a stone box-shaped dice containing 27 dice at your choice, with a special limited $349 pledge. You can chose between three different versions of the box (Dungeon Map, Fudge or Standard D6) and two different stone (the white "bianco sivec" or the black "slate"). If you are interested in the box only (without dice inside), you can add $80 to your pledge, and notify it with a private message.
Pledge $79: Get a 5 handmade "Eternity Hearth Dice" D6 16mm (2/3")) with the certificate of Authenticity plus 1 Eternity Dice Wooden Box plus 1 Eternity Dice Bag. Check out the project details for all options - we'll send a survey at the end of the campaign so you can select your preferences.
Stretch Goal $15000 - FUDGE (FATE) DICE UNLOCKING
With this goal, you can choose the Eternity Fudge Dice in any kind of stone unlocked (see the list above) with a final survey at the end of the campaign.
Stretch Goal $20000 - DUNGEON MAP DICE UNLOCKING
With this goal, you can choose the Eternity Dungeon Map Dice in any kind of stone unlocked (see the list above) with a final survey at the end of the campaign.
Stretch Goal $45000 - Extra free Dice
With this goal, you'll get an extra free die at your choice, for every twelve Eternity Dice!
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For everyone that needs more information, here is a short description of each available stone, to help in your choice:
1 - Giallo reale (giallo Siena)
The "Giallo Reale" comes from the hills of Siena. It is one of the "colored Marble" most famous and most beautiful in Italy, prized since ancient times. Its yellow color recalls gold, sun and light, it' s a symbol of luxury and power, and an emblem of military triumphs, coronations, weddings gifts. For these reasons and for its rarity also, it's called "lithic gold".
The beauty of this yellow marble is due to its grain, from white-ivory to blue-gray and reddish, which offer a stunning multi-colored universe, capable of arousing feelings of admiration and stimulate artistic creativity. The "Giallo Siena" is very beautiful to look at with its beautiful colors in warm tones due to the infiltration of iron oxides but also difficult to extract for commercial blocks, because of its genesis.
2 - Bianco di Carrara
Bianco di Carrara, is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is quarried at the city of Carrara in the province of Massa and Carrara in modern day Tuscany, Italy. The marble quarries were monitored by the Cybo and Malaspina families who ruled over Massa and Carrara during the 17th and 18th centuries. The family created the Office of Marble in 1564 to regulate the marble mining industry. The city of Massa, in particular, saw much of its plan redesigned (new roads, plazas, intersections, pavings) in order to make it worthy of an Italian country's capital. The Basilica of Massa is built entirely of Carrara marble and the old Ducal Palace of Massa was used to showcase the precious stone.
3 - Grigio Repen
It is a gray marble containing fossil remains. These very compact stones, were used since ancient times for the flooring and in architectural ornaments in Veneto, Friuli and Slovenia. Today, as a demonstration of their durability, this marble still retains the original features.
4 - Rosso Francia
The “Rosso Francia” was widely used in the reign of Louis XIV. Versailles was grandly decorated with this red colored marbles that came from the South of France. Although from many quarries they were grouped under the name of “Languedoc Red”. The Grand Trianon palace in particular was decorated with mantels in these marbles. Rosso Francia alone symbolize the passion for marble of the architects and Kings of the French “Ancien Régime”.
5 - Bardiglio imperiale (Carrara)
The “Bardiglio Imperiale” comes from Carrara (Italy) and its tipical color is an intense ashen blue, with whitish or dark veins.
6 - Rosso Verona
The "Rosso Verona" (red marble) is a nodular limestone belonging to the polishable limestone group. It contains fossil skeletons of ammonites and belemnites rostra of microsparitica immersed in a matrix formed by fecal pellets. It can be extracted from the “Rosso Ammonitico Veronese” or the “Scaglia Rossa”, both emerging and extracted in the Lessini Mountains.
7 - Bianco Sivec
Sivec is the trademark of the dolomitic marble extracted from the quarries of Mermeren Kombinat A.D. Prilep, near the town of Prilep in Macedonia. The fine grain makes it ideal for sculpture and architectural applications. The extraction of Sivec marble can be dated back 500 BCE and earlier. Extraction flourished under the Roman period when the quarries near the ancient city of Stibera (today Prilep) produced stone for the production of antique Roman original sculptures, and replicas of Greek original bronze sculptures. These replicas went to Rome or to other parts of the empire. Sivec is a famous material that was used in south-east Europe from the 3rd century BCE until the 5th century CE, producing some of the most visually stunning creations of the ancient world. It is estimated that during these centuries, 1.2 million cubic meters of Sivec White Marble were mined from the Prilep area.
Through the centuries, Sivec was used for many building and reconstruction sites throughout the world. It was used for the reconstruction of Roman emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia. It has been also used by Edvard Ravnikar for lines at Prešeren Square in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The marble-bearing deposits in the area are widely known and are among the largest in the world. The whiteness of the marble, its homogenous form, and the micro-granular structure generate a high demand for Sivec marble on the international market.
White Sivec, or Macedonian Bianco Sivec, is the commercial name for this fine-grained white dolomitic marble.
Nowadays, Sivec has been selected to give the characteristic, exclusive white appearance in many large well-known projects including hotels, palaces, commercial buildings, etc.
8 - Verde Alpi
The "Verde Alpi" marble is related to Italian tradition and it consists of a deep green heart, with elegant veining clearer.
9 - Trani Stone
The Trani Stone is a carbonate rock mined in Puglia in the Murgia area, from quarries located near the Trani city. It is composed of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). This stone was used for construction and local artwork as the Cathedral of Trani, the monument for Cesare Bazzani,and the Casa del fascio (Como).
10 - Nero Marquina
The "Nero Marquina" is a black marble widely used for fine ornamental works. Its black color with clear grains make it a material of the highest international level. The "Nero Marquina" marble is often used in checkered flooring together with white Carrara marble.
11 - Rosa Portogallo
“Rosa Portogallo” (pink marble) came from Estremoz, Portugal. It has been used since Antiquity as a material for sculpture and architecture. The first exports in Roman times were probably for the construction of the Circus Maximus of Emerita Augusta, in modern day Spain. The Portuguese navigators exported this marble to Africa, India and Brazil. The marble from this region was used in famed locations such as the Monastery of Jerónimos, the Monastery of Batalha, the Monastery of Alcobaça and the Tower of Belém.
Portugal is the second largest exporter of marble in the world, surpassed only by Italy (Carrara marble). About 85% of this marble (over 370,000 tons) is produced around Estremoz.
In the quarries marble blocks are cut from the rock with a diamond wire saw, a durable steel cable with a series of circular diamond beads. The wire saw may need a day to cut through the marble.
12 - Vesuvian Lava Stone
The lava of Vesuvius is different from that of Etna or the Aeolian islands since, modifying itself during the centuries, it has become rich in potassium and decreased its quantity of silice, coming to be harder than marble.
13 - Alabaster
Alabaster is a name applied to varieties of two distinct minerals, when used as a material: gypsum (a hydrous sulfate of calcium) and calcite (a carbonate of calcium). The latter is the alabaster of the present day; generally, the former is the alabaster of the ancients. Both are easy to work, with an attractive appearance, and have been used for making a variety of artworks and objects, especially small carvings.
Due to the characteristic color of white alabaster, the term has entered the vernacular as a metonym for white things, particularly "alabaster skin", which means very light and quite translucent, and possibly derives from the use of alabaster for tomb effigies.
14 - Portoro
The “Portoro” or “Portovenere marble” is an incredible black marble with gold and silver veins. A unique classic natural stone. It's a refined variety of black marble from La Spezia (Italy).
Its highly decorative effect makes it suitable for artistic and valuable production as vases, columns, interiors of churches and palaces, paneling, flooring and furniture. Its color is deep black and bright with gold veining. Geologically it is a limestone of Jurassic era with carbonate limonite veins, formed in a calm and deep marine environment, poorly oxygenated and rich in organic matter.
The name “Portoro” comes from the Italian translation of the French “porte d'or “ (golden gate) with which it was called during the French domination in Italy. It was originally called "mixed yellow and white", then was named "Giada Portovenere". In English this variety of marble is known as “black and gold “.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century the use of this marble also spread out from Liguria, in particular France, Belgium and Switzerland to adorn palaces and castles like those of Versailles, Marly and Compiegne.
The Portoro became fashionable when Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (lover of Napoleon III) covered her rooms with this stone.
Later it was also exported to the United States where was used to cover the screening room of the Paramount.
15 - Blue Quartz (stone veneer)
Blue quartz is simply macrocrystalline quartz that is blue. So far no quartz that is blue because of color centers, similar to those found in amethyst or smoky quartz, has been found in nature. Amethyst from certain mines in Brazil will partially or completely turn blue on special treatment.
Some would say that the term "blue quartz" is reserved for rock crystal that appears blue by Rayleigh scattering of light at microscopic inclusions.
This, however, is the rarest form of blue quartz, and the color is caused by inclusions of other minerals, and not by built-in trace elements or lattice defects, like in amethyst, for example.
Because of this rather open definition, Blue Quartz could came from differents Countries and since we used a Blue Quartz compound (stone veneer), it has a high hardness.
16 - Travertino Romano
Travertino is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs.
It often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, and cream-colored varieties.
Travertino derived from a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. In the latter, it can form stalactites, stalagmites, and other speleothems.
It is frequently used in Italy and elsewhere as a building material. The Romans mined deposits of travertine for building temples, aqueducts, monuments, bath complexes, and amphitheaters such as the Colosseum, the largest building in the world constructed mostly of travertine.
Important note: because of its porosity, all dice in “Travertino Romano” will be carved only without colors (unpainted).
17 - Basalto (Italy)
The word "basalto" or “basalt” derived from Late Latin basaltes, misspelling of L. basanites "very hard stone," which was imported from Ancient Greek βασανίτης (basanites), from βάσανος (basanos, "touchstone") and originated in Egyptian bauhun "slate".
It's a particular composition of lava-derived rock originates from its use by Georgius Agricola in 1556 in his famous work of mining and mineralogy De re metallica, libri XII.
Agricola applied "basalt" to the volcanic black rock of the Schloßberg (local castle hill) at Stolpen, believing it to be the same as Pliny the Elder's "very hard stone".
Basalt is used in construction (e.g. as building blocks or in the groundwork), making cobblestones (from columnar basalt) and in making statues.
18 - Persian Red Travertine (Iran)
Persian Red Travertine or Iran Travertine Stone is an interesting natural stone, generally harder than limestone but softer than marble.
It is a kind of limestone deposited by the water of mineral springs (especially hot springs) or streams saturated with calcium carbonate.
The colour of the stone is due to the iron content in travertine. As they are naturally made due to earth pressure and temperature the content of iron varies and so does colour in each batch.
It is a sturdy and reliable material and is removed from the earth in large blocks before it is cut.
After the travertine is quarried, it is strictly selected for color variances, and further assessed after it is cut for holes and chipped edges.
Important note: because of its porosity, all dice in “Persian Red Travertine” will be carved only without colors (unpainted).
19 - Azul Cielo (Argentine)
Azul Cielo marble is a metamorphic medium-grained crystalline marble derived from the Ordovician Geological period (about 500 million years ago), resulting from regional or at times contact metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, either limestone or dolostone.
This metamorphic process causes a complete recrystallization of the original rock into an interlocking mosaic of calcite and/or dolomite crystals. The temperatures and pressures necessary to form azul cielo marble usually destroy any fossils and sedimentary textures present in the original rock as the favorite medium for Greek and Roman sculptors and architects, this marble has become a cultural symbol of tradition and refined taste. Its extremely varied and colorful patterns make it a favorite decorative material.
20 - Teakwood Sandstone (India)
Teak Sandstone or Khatu Teak Sandstone is a fine grained creamy colored sandstone coming from India and containing beautiful patterns formed by brown veins throughout the surface.
The brownish color lends a wooden finish similar to that of aged wood, hence comes its name. This sandstone gives a luxurious feel and thanks to the soft texture and extraordinarily smooth surface, the teak wood sandstone has a rough finish but is used extensively in making garden ornaments, interior and exterior flooring.
Important note: because of its porosity, all dice in “Teakwood Sandstone” will be carved only without colors (unpainted).
Risks and challenges
It's really hard to work these stones by hand: you need to get the material from the quarry, carry and work it in the lab. For each die, about 10 pieces have to be trashed because of chipping or manufacture that doesn't fully satisfy our maniacal precision.
So there is a large amount of stone that is discarded because it is not suitable for a high level of production.
The possibility of a project such this depends on our backers, we assume all risks and liability but if after the first campaign of Eternity Dice (lava stone) we are still here, there is a reason...right? We trust in Kickstarter to gain visibility and show to the world our handmade creations that would be very difficult for us to introduce, without Kickstarter.
Unfortunately, for the previous Kickstarter campaign (Eternity Dice: forged from lava) there have been delays in the deliveries due to the slow and overload of postal services during the Christmas period. For this reason, some shipments (about 100 out of 527) have not been delivered. They'll arrive soon to destination. Furthermore, among many shipments, some of them may have been lost, but in this case we will immediately return dispersed packages at our expense. This was our first project, so regarding this new Kickstarter campaign, we organized our shipment in a better way and we decided to report a delivery date in May 2013, although we strongly believe that we will make shipments much earlier (April 2013), but we prefer to report a longer time in order to avoid disappointment . This time we'll send our pledges in time, because we calculated that will be no holidays that could retard the delivery. Anyway, we finished our backers list and we are waiting to send again the lost packages, so we can now dedicate all the needed time to organize our new campaign.
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