If you are a player of Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, or a dice collector, you can learn how to make resin dice.
This DIY craft activity is a great way to decorate your desk or give a friend a special gift. Make your own resin dice using these instructions.
You can create unique designs that no one else has seen before. Moreover, you can expect an immersive gaming experience that is one of a kind. The resin dice that you make and the silicone dice molds that you make can be customized however you wish. The dice sets are even better than the expensive premium ones.
Discover how to make custom gaming dice by following our step-by-step instructions.
- 1 How to Make Resin Dice with Silicone Dice Molds
- 2 How do you get air bubbles out of epoxy?
- 3 How do you make resin molds for dice?
- 4 How much does it cost to make your own dice?
How to Make Resin Dice with Silicone Dice Molds
1. Use silicone or resin dice molds
To make resin dice, you need a resin kit and silicone dice molds. Using silicone, an old dice set, and hot water, you can create your own custom silicone dice molds.
It is easy to do using items that are readily available in most homes and hobby shops.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create silicone molds for dice. Using this guide, you can create silicone molds for anything – not just dice.
If you don’t want to make your own dice molds, you can also purchase a large set of premade resin dice molds of many standard dice.
Polyhedral DnD dice molds are among these. You can use it if you want many dice options but don’t want to create each one individually.
Molds allow you to focus on the overall design, the color, and the embedded items of your resin dice. It is not necessary to worry about the shapes of polyhedral dice when playing D&D.
There are 19 styles of polyhedral dice molds included in this set
You can choose from a variety of polyhedral game dice molds, as well as accessories like a paintbrush for customizing your dice.
2. How to choose the best resin for dice
On the market, there are different types of resins. Choosing the resin for resin dice means considering the type of resin’s durability.
Drops can cause some to crack while direct sunlight can destroy others. Epoxy resin, for example, is more durable than polyurethane, because it won’t crack or yellow.
It is the opposite of polyurethane, which is also exceptionally clear. Sunlight, however, does not seem to be its biggest enemy.
In addition to epoxy resin, the kit includes convenient mixing cups and stir sticks.
3. Prepare the silicone dice molds for pouring resin into
You can make polyhedral resin dice look creative. In order to begin, the resin must first be prepared.
Resin and hardener should be mixed at a 1:1 ratio. Make sure you follow the ratio and instructions on your resin kit.
To color your DIY resin dice, add a color agent while mixing. They can be mixed directly in with liquid resin pigments or colored mica powders.
Resin can be mixed with colored beads or glitter. You can distribute it throughout the mixture to give your resin dice a unique look.
Additionally, each resin die can be customized with small items. After pouring the resin, insert them in the next step.
You will only be able to see the inserted objects if your die is partially transparent. You can make transparent and opaque resin dice with different colors depending on the coloring agent you used.
Your inserted items are visible because you have only inserted them into the resin dice, not colored them. To customize your dice, either uses the items above or any other dice-sized personal items you have at home.
4. Pour your resin into your silicone dice mold
Fill in all crevices thoroughly to avoid air bubbles. You can use a heat gun to remove bubbles in the resin die casting before letting it cure.
Making sure the dice mold is well settled is crucial right now. You can carefully insert toothpicks into dice if any items are to be placed directly inside.
If you’re working with resins, ensure there is adequate air ventilation. Resins usually emit strong odors when heated. Turn on the ventilation or open the windows.
5. Allow the resin dice to cure
You can refer to the resin kit for the recommended cure time on your resin dice.
Curing should not be rushed. You should always choose the longer time when presented with a range.
You can create beautiful custom dice in just a few days with patience and care.
6. Clean and de-mold the dice
You can now remove the dice from the silicone mold after they have had ample time to cure.
The silicone molds should release them easily.
It is likely they aren’t fully cured if they are still sticky after removing them from the mold. Removing them too early can ruin the cast, so patience is essential.
Once the cured dice have been removed from the silicone dice molds, they may need to be cleaned up.
Your dice may sometimes have an extra coating of resin. Using a Xacto knife, carefully remove them. This should be done with care since an unbalanced die will not roll properly.
If the resin dice aren’t smooth, you can sand them with fine-grit sandpaper, followed by an even finer grit of sandpaper.
Congrats! You can now roll your resin dice!
Next, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about making your own resin game dice.
How do you get air bubbles out of epoxy?
It is important that the resin dice are smooth and without bubbles in order to ensure they roll properly.
You can use a heat gun to remove air bubbles before letting the resin cure.
You can also use a hairdryer without a heat gun. Even so, removing bubbles with a heat gun will improve performance.
How do you make resin molds for dice?
Using silicone, you can create resin molds for dice using our step-by-step guide on how to make silicone molds.
To make a mold, select the dice that will be used as an object. You can make copies of the die in this way. Put one die into the silicone mold. Remove the die after the silicone has cured.
How much does it cost to make your own dice?
If you want to start quickly, you can obtain a dice mold kit and a resin kit.
Depending on the size of each dice, you can make them from 0.5 oz to 2 oz using a 64 oz resin kit. Each dice will cost about $1.
The math works out well for dice hoarders, as you can see. You can also get a Dice Bag that holds 150+ dice for Dice Hoarders