Pips (Spots) of a Different Color

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Project by luv2learn posted 03-09-2013 09:00 AM 1348 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my second dice project. This time I used birch because it is a lighter wood bot in color and weight. I decided that the pips, the technical name for the spots, should have a different color for each number. I thought that it would be easier for younger children to relate to games like Yahtzee if they could visualize colors as well as numbers. For example photo # 3 would be a Large Staright, photo #4 would be a Full House and photo# 5 would be Four of a Kind

I colored the dots with permanent magic marker but some of the spots bled and I couldn’t sand them out. If I were going to make a lot of these I would might use an acrylic paint. Any suggestions on how to color the spots without bleeding into the wood?

Thanks for looking and have a Merry Christmas on and all!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 06:17 PM

Poly them first, then use Sharpie Paint Pens,they come in tons of colors, thats how I resolved the same issue on some Cherry Dominos I did one time…. Looks great Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 06:22 PM

These are cool. Might want to make a set to keep around. If you have a steady hand and a tiny brush I would say the acrylic should work without bleeding. Good idea on the different paint for each number. That would help me too. ha ha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 08:52 PM

Great looking dice Lee! Nice idea you had with the colors!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 08:54 PM

Those are either very large dice, or you have a very small table saw. :)

Would a child roll each one individually?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 12-20-2013 09:29 PM

Merry Christmas to you and yours also Tony.

John, they could, or they could throw them all in a container and then turn it over. I guess the parents could make up some game rules that were age appropriate for their children. Or, they could just stack them :). One thing they couldn,t do is swallow them :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 12-20-2013 10:25 PM

Very cool, Lee!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-20-2013 10:28 PM

Clever idea. I agree with what Rick said. Apply some lacquer or something to seal the wood before applying the color.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 12-20-2013 10:34 PM

I really like all your posts… Love the idea about the dice, I think Paul Bunyan would have A blast playing with these …

-- Ed Port Republic

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#9 posted 12-21-2013 12:05 AM

Thanks Bill,Jim, and Ed.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 12-21-2013 12:22 AM

Super nice and a great idea of color coding number of pips.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#11 posted 12-21-2013 01:49 AM

Great looking dice and color scheme for the young ones. Merry Christmas.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 12-21-2013 04:35 AM

Very nice and neat project. Clean crisp and soft all in one item.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#13 posted 12-21-2013 08:46 AM

I thought that these were purchased at one of those game stores they look that good!

Take 27 of them and make a SOMA cube … it may have a number of solutions but only one will be the way you glued it together.

I did it with purchased die making sure that the six sides were all lined up correctly before gluing. This one really drives puzzlers up the wall because SOMA solutions are easy but getting the die correct is not easy!

Just a thought!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 12-21-2013 11:33 AM

Excellent dice and with different colours makes them even better…Greta job and thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#15 posted 12-21-2013 05:02 PM

Wow, this is really cool, great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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