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Old January 28th, 2009, 09:15 PM
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My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.



The tower "clocks" in at a whopping 16.5 inches tall and 15 pounds. It is made of ceramic glazed with iron oxide for the main color and a standard high fire glaze for the vines. It has a working quartz movement clock mounted in the face. The tray where the dice come out has a glass bottom in various shades of blue to create a moat effect. It is big enough to roll munchkin dice and precise enough to roll those tiny dice you get with the pirates tcg, and of course... it rolls scape dice too.


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A detail of the clock face. It was originally bright white with a bronze ring. That clashed terribly with the tower so I distressed it with a black and brown wash on the face and spray-painting the ring copper and daubing it with black ink.


This is the place where the dice come out. It is a mixture of five or six different shades of glass. I placed the shards in the bottom of the piece and the kiln did the rest. The cracking effect is due to the speed it cooled down.


A close-up view where you can see how the thin glass around the edges reacted with the oxide. One of the reasons I used a glass bottom is because when it melts and reforms it becomes completely level. Perfect for rolling dice on.

A low angle shot just to really emphasize the epic-ness.


Finally, in its natural habitat. I like how the background color shows well in this.

Sorry if that was too many pictures but oh well I guess.

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Old January 28th, 2009, 09:17 PM
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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

Sweet! That's really cool!

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Old January 28th, 2009, 09:27 PM
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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

what Fuzzie said, with the addition that is is really, really awsome.


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Old January 28th, 2009, 10:32 PM
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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

Thanks guys! I had seen towers made of just about everything else but not ceramic so I thought, Hey! I have access to a ceramics lab! I'll make one. Of course, being me, I knew I would never be satisfied with a standard 9" (ish) style model. (Although those are gorgeous). So I decided to make mine a good solid 18" tall. (Everything shrinks in the kiln while it is being fired). Halfway through the project it was announced that everyone's next sculpture had to incorporate a working clock so I said to myself "That's perfect! Tourney-scape times your games!" So, after three hours a week (in 43 min blocks) for a few months, this was born.
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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

use sculpey next time, amigo. Oven bake at 200c, no smell, and doesn't shrink. Even takes acryl paint.

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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

I've used sculpey before. I just love the effect you can can get with real clay and glaze fired to a toasty 2300 degrees. You can't get that look any other way. This picture really doesn't do it justice. Besides, 15 pounds of sculpey would cost in the neighborhood of $162 whereas soldate 60 the clay I use is 25 cents a pound.

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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

Um, the density of sculpey is so much less that you'd only need 2 pounds.

I agree that there is no look like that of a well fired, glazed ceramic piece, and the soldate 60 is a nice enough medium that takes glaze well. Nice look to the tower, but 15 pounds isn't exactly practical, now is it

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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

Well, neither is 16.5". Practicality isn't exactly what I was going for. I built it as a free project in a ceramics course where we only use fired clay. And I wanted it to be epicly huge knowing full well that it would be a beast to carry to tournaments but oh so impressive once it got there.
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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

Yikes, that's a monster. Very nice looking, hive'. Looks like it should provide some hard cover.

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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

15 POUNDS! My dice tower might not even weight 1/15 of a pound. Mine is made out of card stock, but it still looks awesome. I've thought of producing it as a kit (for free download) but haven't bothered to write instructions. I must say though, your dice tower looks heavy duty, HiveLord.

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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

By iron oxide, do you really mean rust?

That seems pretty cool, cause I never thought you could spread rust on things and make it stick.
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Re: My epic new 15 pound behemoth dice tower.

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By iron oxide, do you really mean rust?

That seems pretty cool, cause I never thought you could spread rust on things and make it stick.
You would be surprised with what sticks when you heat it up to 2800 degrees. Most ceramic glaze if not all uses a metallic pigment.
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