We had been experimenting with color changing dice for a while before we came up with the Mad (Mood) Dice in this Kickstarter. There have been several challenges getting to the final product. Some called us mad, and others said we were crazy...maybe they're right, but this is only the beginning. With your help, we would like to turn the dice world upside down, and create more mad designs.
Colors on these dice resemble shades of: Midnight Black, Dirt Brown, Red Riding Hood Red, Angry New York Taxi Yellow, The Grass On The Other Side Green, Your Favorite Shade of Blue, Pimpin Purple, Cyan, The Artist Pink, Take Over The World Turquoise, & Printer Cartridge Magenta. The color depends on the temperature like a mood ring, and because all our dice are hand painted, the effect may vary. Each dice has a protective coating to ensure that the effect lasts, but unfortunately it isn't impervious. You have to make sure to take good care of them. We recommend using a cushioned dice tray to roll them in.
Feel free to use Mad Dice to determine how bizarre, and wild you are. Also Mad Dice are the perfect thing to use to impress your friends. When they ask you what color are they? You could say, "I don't know, it depends," or you could brag by listing off all the possibilities. Regardless of what you do, we know you'll be happy with our Mad Dice.
How are Mad Dice made? Mad Dice are made by coating a black (Chessex) dice with liquid crystal. Liquid crystal is super sensitive and cannot be mixed with any other chemical compound and still work properly, I’ve tried. Also for the best effect it has to be coated over a black surface, or it will not be as visible. Once the liquid crystal is cured then a protective coating is added. Why does the coating look uneven? The coating looks uneven because it is hand painted. I’ve used a spray on coating, and it just doesn’t protect the dice very well.
We started making the base dice (dice without the coating) ourselves and quickly realized that it would not be cost effective and affordable without better equipment. So we decided to go with a foreign manufacturer. Their minimum required order quantity was 3,000 poly sets, and 10,000 each on the d4, d6, and d8 totaling to 33,000 dice. This is why our dice was as costly as they were when we including the coating cost. Liquid crystal cost us $50 per oz. We were able to become Chessex distributors in the middle of our last Kickstarter campaign. Chessex does not have a minimum order requirement, and are located in the US, which will allow us to sell them for much less.
If you want more of the same sets from the sames tiers, just pay the additional cost to get extras of any additional sets from that tier.
We have 3 major goals that we are trying to accomplish. The first is getting a new laser engraver. Our old one could only do one die at a time, and maintenance was nigh impossible because it was purchased from a foreign manufacturer. We did 3 successful campaigns with it, but never raised enough for a new engraver. Since then engravers have become more affordable, and dependable. On top of that we can now get them with the USA.
Secondly, even with a new engraver we are only half of the way there. During our last campaign our blank dice supplier stopped carrying the brand we started the campaign with, and switched to a cheaper plastic. The problem is only compounded by the limited variety of blank poly sets. In order to fix that we are wanting to get 5 axis CNC machine that will allow us to make our own blank dice.
Lastly, once we have all our machinery in order we would like to open an online store to make our products readily available. Our ultimate goal is to have a build a bear workshop, but with dice, by selecting from a variety of poly shapes, colors, and fonts you get a custom dice that’s affordable.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks of delay in production and shipping.
Because all our dice are hand painted chessex dice, the effect may vary.
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