About this project
WOODEN BOXES ADDONS!
Now you can add these wooden boxes to your pledge!
You have simply to increase it with these quantities for each item added.
You will notify your item list at the end of campaign in our final survey list.
you pledged for 5 dice and you need an extra 6th die, plus a wooden box for 6 dice with your name engraved on it ------> add $27 ($5 + $10 + $12). In the final survey, you'll notify these extra items added.
This box will be cut with a CNC machine and hand-finished by our artisans in different dimensions (for 5, 6, 12 or 27 dice).
Plus, with extra $5 to your box addon, you can insert a laser-engraved text at your choice, as shown in images 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, with accurate sharp edges and with painted or unpainted dots, at your choice.
We had 9 stones available initially, we are adding extra stones to choose from (in your final survey) with each stretch goal reached after our primary $2000 goal.
The reason is that not all stones have the same hardness to be polished, someone requires more steps (and then more time and wear of the tools) than others. Plus, there is the cost of raw slabs, to buy for each type of marble and that we have to amortize with a sufficient demand of dice.
We would love to deliver to all of you a complete product and packaged in the best way, so if we'll reach the stretch goal of $30K, we'll give for free a wooden box to ALL backers with a pledge of 5 or more dice, with some customization options (we'll give explanations later).
After the success of previous campaigns "Eternity Dice: forged from lava" and "Eternity Dice: Earh Edition", we're back on Kickstarter to offer what we believe is the maximum that we can do by hand on a dice. With this campaign we want to propose "Prestige dice", sculpted by hand in stone, with a polished finish and highly accurate details!
We made great efforts to propose our polished dice at the same price as the previous matt dice, because now, with this finish, for each die the production times are greater than before, but the final result is of great quality (watch the video above to understand, because the photos do not do justice to the finished product). Each die is created by hand from the rough stone and cut up to polishing finish, which is made with seven different brushesr grit, from coarser to finer. The end result is really amazing. Polishing enhances and makes it visible to the naked eye the natural veining and brilliant colors of the stone.
It's like looking into an Aquarium: from above you will see the imperfections of the ripples caused by water movement, while if you look at the Aquarium from one side of the glass, you can see all the details.
This is to make you realize that the dice seem to be embedded in a pure crystal. At least that's the feeling that you have when you are watching them. They are completely smooth to the touch and free of imperfections.
We worked hard to obtain more accurate edges and now they are perfect and free of burrs. The idea came working to standard D6 dice, looking around the laboratory we cut a polished marble slab with a thickness of 3 cm (1,18 inch)...and what it came out surprised us!
Of course, these are collectible dice and they should be put on display on a desk, but we must admit that we also tried to play and make them roll: the result was excellent! Obviously, they make a crazy noise and our Grandmother was shouting: "All out guys, it's a quake!" We tried to dissuade her, but she ran into the street and so we decided to stop playing with the oversize dice (1,18 inch), at least for a while.
For everyone that needs more information, here is a short description of each available stone, to help in your choice:
- Giallo reale (Siena, Italy)
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.
- 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.
- Verde Alpi
The "Verde Alpi" marble is related to Italian tradition and it consists of a deep green heart, with elegant veining clearer.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bardiglio imperiale (Carrara)
The “Bardiglio Imperiale” comes from Carrara (Italy) and its tipical color is an intense ashen blue, with whitish or dark veins.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.
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.
We come from two successful Kickstarter campaigns, but more demanding is the challenge and more support we need.
We love our stone dice, but it's really difficult to let understand such an unique product into a wider market, so we trust in you in order to keep the production alive and improve constantly our skills.
We were able to achieve this level of finish and attention to our products thanks to advices and comments of the whole Kickstarter community.
We want to get involved into the game and we have grown despite many difficulties including logistical problems, that plagued our first campaign.
Today we have a solid and organized structure that allows us to meet deadlines and satisfy the high manufacture standard required by our Backers.
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