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One more Tumbler Prototype

Posted by Fallon Foster on

I could probably make a dozen of these and never quite zero in on a series of dimensions that works for each cup.  Depending on the thread I use for the stitch, the type of stitch, the idiosyncrasies of the pricking iron, and the tension of the stitch, the body can effectively be up to 1/4" "longer" or shorter than I expect.  So at this point I'll just have to accept the ambiguity and account for it as best I can.  The pattern's to the point where I can predict the result, if not fine-tune the seam, and that's good...

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Godsfall Dice Tumbler

Posted by Fallon Foster on

One of the great things about winnowing patterns down with prototypes is finally having the justification to make more gifts for podcasts and such.  This time around it's a dice cup for Godsfall.  For anyone who isn't familiar with Godsfall they're a high-quality "Actual Play" D&D podcast, meaning Dungeon Master Aram sits his 4-5 players down in his living room to play a game, records the whole thing, and then edits it down to about 60-90 minutes and releases episodes about once a week.  The setting Mr. Aram has built for his campaign is pretty fascinating but I appreciate that he's...

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Cthulhu-Chan Dice Cup

Posted by Fallon Foster on

I think this is my fourth or fifth prototype for the Dice Cups so far and I'm pretty close to nailing down the geometry.  It's taken me this long to figure out it's the circumference of the stitch that's the primary factor, rather than the circumference of the material.  I came up a bit shy on my estimates this time but a couple of troublesome splices and it's all done.  I'm expecting to make one more prototype to verify the pattern and then it should be ready for production.  The handle/lid retainer's working pretty well too.The design this time was...

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Prototype DM Binder

Posted by Fallon Foster on

Since the previous DM Binder I've been meaning to prototype a slimmer version to stock in the store.  When a hiccup in my supply chain presented a couple day's pause in my work load I zipped at the chance to crank out that prototype.  My wife will be using this prototype for her upcoming campaign starting later this summer. To make it more cost effective I used a material I haven't used very often before: deertan cowhide.  As the name suggests it's straight up cowhide but it's been tanned using the same process normally used for deerskins.  The result is pretty...

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D&D Tome of Binding

Posted by Fallon Foster on

In this case the client liked the aesthetic of the old DM Toolbox but they needed a binder rather than a box.  This was something I've been meaning to try out for awhile and this gave me a pretty good opportunity to go for the high end option.  Externally the box looks almost exactly like any of the toolboxes except the shell is made of stone oiled leather, rather than goatskin lining.  That sharply increased the material cost but was necessary for the binder's structural integrity.Inside the binder is a stained poplar frame and some close cut plates of fiberboard. ...

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