How to store metal dice

Storing metal dice

Metal dice have quickly become a favourite among tabletop adventurers, cherished for their heft and durability. But, as prized possessions, they deserve a little extra care to keep them in top condition.

In this guide, we'll answer common questions and provide tips on how to store and care for your metal dice, ensuring they remain shining and formidable companions for countless adventures ahead.

How to care for metal dice

To keep your metal dice in great condition, proper storage is essential. You should store metal dice in a dry, soft container. Storing them in their own, separate dice bag is a great idea. Dice bags are a cheap way to keep your dice sets safe, and they are easy to grab and take to your gaming table.

For those seeking larger storage options, a dice box or another container can be used. Ensure that the container has adequate padding, preferably with foam or another soft fabric, to protect your metal dice from potential damage.

Do metal dice scratch each other?

Metal dice typically don't scratch each other, but they will scratch other types of dice like plastic dice. To keep your dice in the best condition, you should store metal dice separately from other dice.

What should you roll metal dice on?

It's crucial to avoid rolling your metal dice directly on a table, particularly if it's a glass one. These dice are hefty and can potentially dent or crack your table, not to mention the risk of scratching the dice on a dusty or dirty surface.

To ensure a safe and smooth rolling experience, roll your metal dice on a dice tray. Dice trays offer a flat, cushioned surface that safeguards both your dice and your gaming table.

Hexagon dragon dice tray

Above: our hexagon dragon dice tray.

Another portable solution is our D&D scroll of rolling. These not only serve as secure storage for your metal dice but also double as a convenient flat surface for rolling.

If these options aren't available, a large neoprene mat or a cardboard box may suffice, just be cautious to prevent your metal dice from falling out.

What is the best surface for metal dice?

When it comes to rolling metal dice, a PU leather surface is a fantastic choice. Not only does it protect your gaming table, but it also safeguards your dice. Our square dice trays are made of PU leather, providing an ideal surface for your metal dice rolling needs.

For more in-depth information, check out our guide that explains why dice trays are important.

How to clean metal dice

Cleaning your metal dice is a straightforward process. In most cases, a microfibre cloth is sufficient to wipe away dust, dirt, or grease. However, if your metal dice have stubborn grime that doesn’t come off on a simple wipe, follow these steps:

  1. Apply a touch of mild soap: dab a small amount of mild soap onto a clean microfibre cloth.
  2. Work the soap around all sides: carefully work the cloth around all sides of your dice.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water: rinse your metal dice with lukewarm water to remove soap.
  4. Thoroughly dry the dice: to prevent rust, use another cloth to completely dry your dice.

If your dice are particularly dirty, isopropyl alcohol can be an effective alternative. Dab a bit onto a microfiber cloth and use it to wipe away the grime. For those hard-to-reach nooks and crevices, a cotton swab can come in handy as well. Just be careful not to wipe too harshly over the numbers, as you wouldn’t want to accidently remove the paint!

How to test metal dice

If you purchase your dice from a reputable supplier, you shouldn't have to worry about balance issues. But if you’d still like to test if your metal dice are balanced, you could try the dice balance test. To make a metal die float, you might need to use more salt than with other dice materials.

Many metal dice are made of zinc alloy, which is relatively resistant to saltwater. However, the type of metal used in dice can vary, so it's best to check before testing, as some types of metal aren’t as resistant to saltwater.

Remember not to leave your dice submerged in water, as it can lead to rust. After testing, rinse your dice thoroughly and make sure they are completely dry.

Can metal dice rust?

Yes, metal dice can rust, but it's not a common issue if you take proper care of them. To prevent rust, avoid leaving your metal dice submerged in water or wet for long periods, and don't use salt water for cleaning, as it may lead to them rusting.

How do you transport metal dice?

Transporting metal dice is relatively simple, but it's important to handle them with care. Even though they're durable, metal dice can still be damaged, especially if they're not stored correctly.

Keeping your metal dice in a zipped or drawstring dice bag will keep them safe during transport. It's a good practice to keep them separate from other types of dice to prevent scratches or chips.

Can you take metal dice on a plane?

The UK Government doesn’t have specific rules regarding the transportation of dice, including metal dice, on airplanes. Other countries may vary, so it’s best to check before travelling.

The TSA has confirmed online that metal dice are allowed in carry-on bags. To ensure a smooth travel experience, make sure your metal dice are in a dice bag that is easily accessible within your luggage or carry-on bag. This way, if your bags are inspected, your dice can be easily retrieved and inspected without causing too much of a delay.

Should you buy metal dice?

Metal dice are a fantastic addition to your dice collection. They're heavier than plastic dice, which gives them a substantial and satisfying feel in your hand. When you roll them, they often create a delightful jingling sound that adds a layer of excitement to your gameplay. Plus, they're incredibly durable, ensuring they'll last through countless adventures.

Draconic guardian metal dice

Above: our draconic guardian metal dice.

However, it's worth noting that metal dice can be on the pricier side. But don’t worry! At Dice Dragons, we offer a wide range of metal D&D dice sets that cater to various preferences and budgets. So, if you're considering adding metal dice to your collection, why not check out our selection and treat yourself?

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