September 27, 2010

Geek Crafts: How to Make RPG Dice Earrings


You've probably seen some lovely necklaces, earrings, and rings made from roleplaying dice around the internet.  They are fun, geeky, and versatile.  You can go from very simple, or you could also add some wire work to make them a little fancier.  It's easy to get started, plus it's a good reason to buy even more dice.  We'll start with earrings.

Supplies
Dice - I like to get them from Game Master Dice, they have miniature ones too!
Drill, small drill bit, and vice
2 headpins
2 ear wires
Round tip pliers
Cutting pliers

You can find all jewelry making supplies at a local craft store like JoAnn's, Michael's, or Hobby Lobby

1. Drill a hole in any dice you want to use following these instructions.  This is the way I do it, so I figure there's not much reason to just rewrite it.

Earrings

2. Add your die to each headpin; you can use the same color of the same-sided die or two from one set.  For earrings, I recommend miniature dice.  If there is a lot of room left on the headpin add a bead if you have some or cut so that 1/4" remains on the headpin.



3. Make an eye loop.  With your round tip pliers, bend the remaining piece of the headpin to a 90 degree angle.  Then grasp the tip of the head pin, and curl tip up and into a curve, back to the 90 degree bend.



4. Leave a small opening to add the ear wire on.  After you have hooked the ear wire onto the open loop of the headpin, close it gently with the round tip pliers.

5. Repeat with the second earring.

And yes, they do make excellent gifts.  Just be sure to subtly ask if the recipient has any metal allergies!

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    I'm so not nerdy enough to wear these earrings! :p

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  3. Did you get the drill at a craft store as well? I'm just curious if there is one that you recommend!

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  4. Ooo, I love this!!! ^_^ I LOVE die jewelry!!! Especially home-made. :D

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  5. Three Years of Roses - My poor worktable with my jewelry things is sad and dusty these days. I don't sit down for play days often enough.

    Budd - An excellent choice!! :D

    Chronic Geek - I've actually had it for a while, it was a hand me down. It's a compact DeWalt and it suits my purposes. I couldn't build a house with it, but... like that's going to happen. ;)

    Someone else suggested heating the end of a headpin with a lighter and then poking carefully through the dice. The heat should melt the plastic as it goes through. I haven't tried it, but it sounds like it should work.

    Angela - Yay! I really want to make a crocheted wire necklace with mini RPG dice and small glass pearls. :D

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