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What kind of tutorials do you create?
I create dice making tutorials that explain different methods of making dice. This includes several mold types and how to make them. I show viewers how to work with resin, as well as casting and finishing dice.
What inspired you to start making tutorials?
It started by the many questions I received from fellow dice makers who experimented on their own, but had their struggles. As I mostly knew those struggles, I could help out in most cases. But it started to become more and more work to answer all those questions via chat, so I worked out some videos and put them on YouTube to get most of the questions covered and also visually support explanations.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
The best part is experimenting. I spent most of my time on improving my methods to make the whole process more efficient. This comes with some nice and unique mistakes, sometimes even really cool mistakes that lead to a cool variants.
What are you working on now?
Actually I work on the DOTS braille dice. I want help on improving the production method to deliver better and more consistent results. The braille dice will be refined and made into moldable masters, from that I proceed to make molds and from those I generate a molding system for a better reproduction of those molds. In the future DOTS may no longer need to resin print their dice, instead they cast them. This will lead to a higher success rate and hopefully faster production.
Parallel to this I'm working on my new set of dicemasters. On my new dicemasters, I worked on a new design for a set, simpler compared to my Vertex Dice, but with a bold and futuristic font. It also has truncated corners to set its style apart from others. But its a step towards a more classical looking set of dice. On those I work on the same things, refining the dice and ready them for molding.
Do you have any plans for the future of your content?
I will definitely work on some tips and tricks videos to cover details that I forgot in the first tutorials. I will work on expanding on that I or other people developed in the last couple months.
Where can people find/support you?