Nov 9 — One of the ways I recharge is by creating stuff. On my day off from work, I tried making something I had never made before — dice! Except, these were fun dice to help with cooking. I can never think of anything to cook, and I was inspired by seeing some food dice on the web. I thought I would make my own and expand upon the idea.
After this project, I think I should be called the Master of Meticulous Madness. I can’t believe I like making these types of projects. They are soooo much work. Seeing as I had never done anything like this before, it was a bit of a challenge. I don’t think I would like to make any more though!
First I got a bag of blank dice from Amazon.
Then I used Illustrator to design little dice graphics using food pictures and text, including crop marks. This all fit on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.
I already had full-page self-adhesive paper at home, so I ran it through the printer. Unfortunately, the toner would rub off after a while, so I covered each row with carefully-cut transparent tape.
Then I cut each sticker out with an Xacto knife.
Because the stickers were so small, I also used the tip of my Xacto to apply the sticker onto the face of the die.
In the end… ta-da! Cooking dice!
The basic set has one die for the cooking method (the one with the black pictures), and the others are various items of proteins, condiments, spices and flavorings.
There are other categories too, like seasonal vegetables (one for each season)…
…a set for making salad…
…and my favorite, Asian food. 🙂
I also made breakfast, canned food, fruit, carbs, dairy, and pizza! Albert found a nice box at Ace Hardware that I could keep my dice in in.
Other than buying the dice from Amazon, everything else I used to make them was stuff I had lying around at home.
Ironically, after all this work, I have never actually used them yet. My design class got super busy with 15-20 hours of homework a week, work had stage design, Christmas decorating and Christmas Eve service prep (besides planning worship services every week), and now I am in recovery mode. Since I have a few days off these next two weeks I will give them a try. Hopefully they can help my indecisive nature.
At least they were fun to make! Even if they were a bit meticulous…