Heya folks! It's summertime for me and one thing I've been really itching to do is more sculpting. Aside from a potential wood carving commission for a friend (some kind of sword from an anime to cosplay), I've not really been sure what to do with my arts. I've got wood, metal, plastic, wax, stone, glass, tough composite cardboard, and all sorts of random materials in my room I could work with, but thinking of something neat to do with them has been something of a block for me. At least until now. After some tinkering last night with some white landscaping stones, I've decided my first DIY project will be to carve a complete set of dice out of stone. Thankfully, I'm no stranger to carving this kind of stuff since I worked with alabaster in my sculpture class in highschool and already have a collection of fine tools to work with. The only obvious issue I can foresee is that I haven't made dice before, so sizing them correctly with each other and getting the angles right is going to take many, many, MANY of an attempt. Despite this, I'm eager to carve my own set of custom white stone dice! I'll chiefly be using a Dremel and an assortment of tips to cut, sand, and etch out the dice from the rocks (which I've yet to properly identify, but has a finer grain than the local quartzite). I plan to upload pictures when I work on the forms and I'll provide descriptions where necessary. I can't promise the set will come together anytime soon, but I plan to work on them at least a couple days out of the week and post updates accordingly. Picture time for Day 1! Pretty self-explanatory. Don't forget to put up your hair if it's long! I'm mostly just working on my front porch so the dust won't linger and I have enough light. I'll be cleaning up with an air compressor later. At first, I thought I'd split this rock and make a couple d6's from it. I got started on the first half. After sanding the surfaces to simple faces, I realized this one would be better suited to become a d8. Since I'm working in close quarters with an Dremel spinning at about 30,000 RPM, I figured wearing gloves would be a wise idea. Turns out I was right. Notice how this bit on my thumb has been sanded smooth by a small slip-up. Thank goodness for the PVC coating on these... You can also see a bit of white on the tip of my thumb where it nipped me a couple of other times, exposing the fabric beneath. So this was expected - the first of many sanding hoops/heads being worn out by working on stone. They probably aren't rated to sand down this kind of material, but it's been working well so far! So after about 30-45 min, the d8 form is coming along well! Next to it on the left is a crude d6 form I worked on yesterday when I decided to start this project. Both need a lot of work in terms of size, proportions, and angles, but these forms should be adequate to shave down and make a couple 6mm dice, each a d6 and a d8. I figured I'd show off what I've collected/used so far on my little project. The Dremel bits pictured are four coarse sanding heads, a reinforced fiberglass cutting disk, and a diamond-coated cutting disk (not needed this time, but for more serious stone cutting). In front are assorted shapes and sizes of stones I've collected, cleaned, and started to sand into forms. I'm going to need many more for the inevitable mistakes and breaks, but I figure when the time comes I'll go by Home Depot and pick up a sack of more landscaping rocks. For now, I think I can make do with what's in my yard. At this point, I'm not actually sure what size I want in the end or what color I'll go about filling in the pips/numbers with in acrylic (or similar substance), but I welcome any thoughts people have to ask/share!