Project Number : ADP - 004

Material : Quartz

Size (Edge) : ~12.5 mm

Last Updated : Early 2016

Cut : Done

Sanded : Done

Pipped : 1 out of 6 sides

Painted : 0 out of 6 sides

Polished : 0 out of 6 sides

Well, another D6. Now it's made from quartz. I had high hopes on this project until I started making the pips; the dice was so hard and the surface was very slippery. So I finally gave up after barely making a single pip.

If someday I found a way to effectively carve the pips, I'll surely continue this project.

This blog is still under construction. I am currently uploading past projects before posting current projects. Keep checking everyday for more content!

## Friday, November 18, 2016

### ADP 003 - Labradorite D12

Project Number : ADP - 003

Material : Labradorite

Size (Edge) : ~5mm

Last Updated : Early 2016

Cut : In progress

Sanded : 0 out of 12 sides

Pipped : 0 out of 12 sides

Painted : 0 out of 12 sides

Polished : 0 out of 12 sides

This is rather messy. The D12 started out well, but I screwed up when cutting the last sides. I forgot which were the sides that were cut first. The first few sides were cut more accurately so they were useful for angle reference and approximating whether the other sides had been cut properly or not. At the end I couldn't make a perfect dodecahedron so I abandoned this project. I mean, most of the sides are so far from regular pentagons ;-;

Material : Labradorite

Size (Edge) : ~5mm

Last Updated : Early 2016

Cut : In progress

Sanded : 0 out of 12 sides

Pipped : 0 out of 12 sides

Painted : 0 out of 12 sides

Polished : 0 out of 12 sides

This is rather messy. The D12 started out well, but I screwed up when cutting the last sides. I forgot which were the sides that were cut first. The first few sides were cut more accurately so they were useful for angle reference and approximating whether the other sides had been cut properly or not. At the end I couldn't make a perfect dodecahedron so I abandoned this project. I mean, most of the sides are so far from regular pentagons ;-;

## Sunday, July 17, 2016

### ADP 002 - Labradorite D6

Project Number : ADP - 002

Material : Labradorite

Size (Edge) : 0.935 cm

Last Updated : December 2015

Cut : Done

Sanded : Done

Pipped : Done

Painted : Done

Polished : Done

This was my first time to actually make a finished dice. Unfortunately the labradorite I used wasn't a good one so the colors are only visible on two opposite sides. (Sides 1 and 6)

Here's some picture of the dice before the numbers were carved.

I have to admit I was amazed by the chatoyancy. It is something that a bunch of photos can't describe.

On this project, I decided to try carving numbers instead of streaks or pips.

It worked fine, although Labradorite was very brittle, making the numbers look messy. The dice itself has numerous tiny pores and natural cracks which got filled by the paint, which become the small blue dot and lines :( Some of the corners also got chipped when I was making the dice, mostly when the dice fell from some height (higher than normal rolls obviously).

Again, it seemed I need to get better pictures.

Material : Labradorite

Size (Edge) : 0.935 cm

Last Updated : December 2015

Cut : Done

Sanded : Done

Pipped : Done

Painted : Done

Polished : Done

This was my first time to actually make a finished dice. Unfortunately the labradorite I used wasn't a good one so the colors are only visible on two opposite sides. (Sides 1 and 6)

Here's some picture of the dice before the numbers were carved.

I have to admit I was amazed by the chatoyancy. It is something that a bunch of photos can't describe.

On this project, I decided to try carving numbers instead of streaks or pips.

It worked fine, although Labradorite was very brittle, making the numbers look messy. The dice itself has numerous tiny pores and natural cracks which got filled by the paint, which become the small blue dot and lines :( Some of the corners also got chipped when I was making the dice, mostly when the dice fell from some height (higher than normal rolls obviously).

Again, it seemed I need to get better pictures.

### ADP 001 - Diorite + Hematite (?) D8

Project Number : ADP - 001

Material : Diorite + Hematite (?) D8

Size (Edge) : ~0.9 cm

Last Updated : December 2015

Cut : Done

Sanded : Done

Pipped : Done

Painted : Done

Polished : 0 out of 6 sides

This dice was also one of my earliest dice. I wasn't serious about making dice back then so I didn't ask the seller what this rock was. Diorite with hematite is my best guess since it looked like diorite and slightly attracted to magnets. I bought the rock as a chunk and cut it down into a cube, before sanding the corners into an octahedron. Since I had difficulties making pips on rocks, so I had an idea to make streaks instead.

On the picture to the left, the dice shows the "3" side. There are 2 horizontal streaks and 1 vertical streaks. Therefore the side shows 2+1=3. The other picture shows side 3 (top), 2 (right), 8 (bottom, visible on the reflection), and 5 (left). Might need to take a better picture.

To make the streaks look more contrast, I colored them with silver markers.

Material : Diorite + Hematite (?) D8

Size (Edge) : ~0.9 cm

Last Updated : December 2015

Cut : Done

Sanded : Done

Pipped : Done

Painted : Done

Polished : 0 out of 6 sides

This dice was also one of my earliest dice. I wasn't serious about making dice back then so I didn't ask the seller what this rock was. Diorite with hematite is my best guess since it looked like diorite and slightly attracted to magnets. I bought the rock as a chunk and cut it down into a cube, before sanding the corners into an octahedron. Since I had difficulties making pips on rocks, so I had an idea to make streaks instead.

On the picture to the left, the dice shows the "3" side. There are 2 horizontal streaks and 1 vertical streaks. Therefore the side shows 2+1=3. The other picture shows side 3 (top), 2 (right), 8 (bottom, visible on the reflection), and 5 (left). Might need to take a better picture.

To make the streaks look more contrast, I colored them with silver markers.

### ADP 000 - Bloodstone (?) D6

Project Number : ADP - 000

Material : Bloodstone (?)

Size (Edge) : 1.15 cm

Last Updated : November 2015

Cut : Done

Sanded : Done

Pipped : 4 out of 6 sides

Painted : 0 out of 6 sides

Polished : 0 out of 6 sides

This was my first attempt on making a dice. I bought a chunk of green rock (which seems to be the green part of bloodstone?) at a local store for a really cheap price. Since there were right angles already, it was fairly easy to make into a cube. Rounding the corners were also easy. However, making the pips are totally different story. I didn't have a proper tool to make the pips, so it was rudiculously hard to do, and I quit doing the pips after 4 sides done. The last time I touched this dice was last year's November.

Material : Bloodstone (?)

Size (Edge) : 1.15 cm

Last Updated : November 2015

Cut : Done

Sanded : Done

Pipped : 4 out of 6 sides

Painted : 0 out of 6 sides

Polished : 0 out of 6 sides

This was my first attempt on making a dice. I bought a chunk of green rock (which seems to be the green part of bloodstone?) at a local store for a really cheap price. Since there were right angles already, it was fairly easy to make into a cube. Rounding the corners were also easy. However, making the pips are totally different story. I didn't have a proper tool to make the pips, so it was rudiculously hard to do, and I quit doing the pips after 4 sides done. The last time I touched this dice was last year's November.

## Friday, July 15, 2016

### What is Akik Dice Project?

Hi, welcome to Akik Dice Project. This project is commited to make unique polyhedral dice completely by hand.

In Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language), "akik" means a type of agate. However, these days the term has been generalized to refer to semi-precious stone (or just some rock that look good for jewelry), which are usually en cabochon and used on rings.

So "Akik Dice", well, means dice that are made from semi precious stone. But why make dice from rocks? Why not plastic? Most rocks are more durable (harder) than plastic, although some are also very brittle. If proper material was chosen for a dice, it would last for a very long time. Moreover, naturally occuring rocks would have unique pattern and colour, which make the dice more beautiful. Making dice from rocks are challenging from choosing the correct material, cutting them, sanding down to the proper shape, to carving and polishing.

There are three series in this project, which are:

As of now, I have no plans to sell any of the dice, but I still don't know in the future.

In Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language), "akik" means a type of agate. However, these days the term has been generalized to refer to semi-precious stone (or just some rock that look good for jewelry), which are usually en cabochon and used on rings.

So "Akik Dice", well, means dice that are made from semi precious stone. But why make dice from rocks? Why not plastic? Most rocks are more durable (harder) than plastic, although some are also very brittle. If proper material was chosen for a dice, it would last for a very long time. Moreover, naturally occuring rocks would have unique pattern and colour, which make the dice more beautiful. Making dice from rocks are challenging from choosing the correct material, cutting them, sanding down to the proper shape, to carving and polishing.

There are three series in this project, which are:

- ADP (Akik Dice Project), "regular" dice, but still, one of a kind.
- ADX (Akik Dice Project Extended), "special" dice, which is unique from an aspect or more.
- SP (Subsidiary Project), other things, which may be not really a dice, etc.

As of now, I have no plans to sell any of the dice, but I still don't know in the future.

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