Sidekick Dice Dying Tutorial

Welcome to Mutation, a series of articles where we want to spotlight the “extras” that you can bring to Dice Masters.  Why Mutation?  Well, it represents a fundamental change in something.  An evolution of sorts.   Also, there is that nice Basic Action Card that shares the name.  It seemed to make sense to connect these together to represent what this series is meant to be about.

We are always working on growing our collection of tutorials to help bring your game to the next level.  Want to learn how to make your own cards?  How about customizing your own play-mat?  Looking for come cool dice tower projects?  This is where you want to be.

If you have something you want to share with the Dice Masters community, drop us an email at mailbag@dm-north.com and let us know.  We look forward to sharing these projects with you.  As always, please feel free to leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

Now, on to today’s project…

How to Customize Your Sidekick Dice

This is a quick and dirty tutorial on how you can make your Sidekick dice a little more… unique.  Let me start this off by saying that, by doing this, you will be making your Sidekick Dice “illegal” to use at official Wizkids’ Events.  Your local scene and online play will likely not really be bothered by it.

I have played around with dying plastics since my Transformers Days where I used to customize my Bots.  It seemed like a “no-brainer” to translate this to Dice Masters.  I used to use a concoction of RIT Dye with acetone and water.  Not exactly the safest stuff to mix, but it worked well for me.  It was just really technique sensitive.

When I tried it with my Sidekick Dice, it just didn’t work the same.  I left Dice in the bath for over an hour with very little result.

One of our local players (thank you Jason) found a product that was the magic bullet.  iDye Poly by Jacquard makes this job incredibly simple.  It contains a conditioner that allows the Sidekick Dice to just suck up the colour in minutes.  He also developed some tricks to make the colouring more creative.

I have done these myself and it is so easy to do.  These are the Sidekicks I have been using locally and online for quite some time now.  I like the “Canadian” feel to them.  After making these back in 2017, and some for my daughter, I honestly kind of forgot about the whole process.

I think it was a conversation with Reg (from Dice Masters in the Great White North) that sparked this topic up again.  I decided to revisit my supplies and get a video tutorial up for people to follow.  Now you too can have your own personalized dice to chuck at your local games. 

I won’t go into the details here in the article as it is more of a “show me” type of project.  Check out the link to the video below for how to do this:

These were the dice dyed during the tutorial:

Again, thank you to Jason for finding the dye to make this work and for teaching me the multi-coloured tricks.  If you have any questions about the project feel free to reach out in the comments below.  If you have dipped your dice into the dying pool, we would love to see what you have come up with.

Thanks for reading!

– jourdo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Replies to “Sidekick Dice Dying Tutorial

  1. Awesome video! I have to ask, what do you do with the dye afterwards?

    I have kept all of my dye in plastic containers. This way when I want to dye more dice I just pour the water in a pot and heat the water and dye them that way.

    I definitely want to try the speckled look. I remember the first set of dice that I saw like that, and I fell in love with them there. I’ve just never tried them before.

    Have you tried using the speckled look for clear dice? I wonder how well that would work.

    1. I have not dyed any of the translucent dice. I like the look of them “as is”. I am sure it would work the same though.

      As for what I do with the dye… when I am done, I put the lid on the mason jar and call it a day. You can reheat the solution when needed. I would probably transfer it to a pot for this to be honest (mostly out of fear of making a mess in the microwave).

  2. Great video Jourdo. You mention that the dice are cleaned after they are dyed, do you just rinse with water? Thanks!

  3. I will try dyeing some dice tomorrow! Is there anything I could use to get some nice straight lines on there, or am I just going to have to use the poster putty for that as well?

    1. The straightest lines I got were with tape (same idea as the putty… cover up what you don’t want to dye). There is a photo above with that result. Not perfect, but not bad either.

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