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Bah. Now Master Arlys is trying to encourage me to fiddle this more medieval. How did they smooth the soapstone? et cetera… Should make a display, lots of people interested in dice. Weirdos. 🙂

I had some “extra” soapstone – about an inch thick, not really great for a mold, so I cut the block into roughly inch-thick slices, then again into inch-wide cubes. So they’re roughly one inch by one inch by one inch cubes. And I figured I’d sand them down, make them smooth, and make dice for some Roman friends. Turns out some Anglo friends might like them too.

To do the dot-and-circle decoration, I pounded a nail sort of flat and then filed it so it had a couple of teeth, and used it like a compass.

Lessons I’ve learned: dice regulations in middle ages forced more regular dice (dice guilds!), and even in Roman times, the dice were more regular than what I’ve done here. And second, these are too large, I need to aim at 14mm. Don’t forget that both sides get sanded, so maybe cut to 16 or 17mm.

Going to call these done. Final sandpaper was 320 grit in a little circle, seemed to work ok. I used oil on a paper towel but probably could have just used my nose. I had to rescratch the circles (and they seemed to rescratch weird).

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Guild source:

This page might be interesting: http://larsdatter.com/games-dice.htm

Search this for dice: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10940/10940-h/10940-h.htm

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I entered them in a Champion’s Choice contest at the 2014 tri-barony Yule, just for grins. I got some interesting comments:
“Nice, I love them!” — Freydis
“Have you tested these for a ‘true-roll’?” — Judita
“These are wonderful!” — Arlys
“Cool” — Anon
“Huge but feel great in the hand! 🙂 Also wonderful to see the perpetuation of the old roman design (circle-dot).” — Tullia
“Nice to see some works in stone, and also I like how you included ‘what you learned’ in documentation.” — Fjorlief

This one was found by a mudlarker in London (along the thames)


They say the dot and circle is a roman motif. It’s bone and smaller than a penny. Note how regular the sides are and how close the dots and circles get to the sides.