Anyone who is familiar with tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons is no stranger to the multisided die. From the versatile d20 to the pointy tetrahedron d4, each one has it’s own special purpose. Like beads, these unique dice come in an amazing array of colors and finishes. And, like beads, they can be used to make fantastic jewelry.
If you do a search on any handmade site for geekery, chances are you’ll discover some of these little treasures. There are lots of different ways to use them in beadwork. The dice can be drilled for stringing, or glued into settings. They can be wire wrapped, or caged within beaded beads. Some shapes are even suitable for beadwork bezels.
The charm of tiny numbered shapes is irresistible. For some great examples of dice jewelry, check out the d20 charms by Paw and Claw Designs. The best thing about using dice in beadwork is that you don’t have to buy new. They’re always turning up at garage sales and thrift stores, and make great ‘found objects’.
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