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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rosaries for Nerds

I’ve invented a new kind of jewelry, sort of.  They’re rosaries/prayer beads for nerds and are made from gaming dice (D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20) with beads between them.  Yeah, I know, it’s been done.  Here’s the new bit:  the beads on my designs represent numbers (e.g. Pi, E, Golden Ratio, star catalog #s) arranged either quantitatively (variable number of beads between dice) or qualitatively (using low-bit-count binary encoding.
So, yeah, I’m reasonably sure it’s the geekiest, nerdiest jewelry in existence, and it’s only going to get better (or worse, if you’re normal.)
Most of them have clasps at both ends to allow insert or attachment of new items, extensions, or fobs.  They’re strung on stranded wire for strength and use multiple mechanically-crimped connectors as seen on flying wires (on aircraft).
Yes, they’re for sale and range in price from $75-$150 (US), depending on the materials used, plus shipping.  I’ll do custom/bespoke versions as well for not much more.  Here are the questions you’ll need to answer:
  • color of the wire: at the moment, any color you want, so long as you want silver or black (still looking for other colors in the same wire gauge).
  • Color of dice: if there's a picture with the right ones, reference that
  • Color of beads: ditto (binary encoding will substitute contrasting color for whatever you select)
  • Color of separator beads: silver or gold
  • Shape of beads:  This boils down to spherical smooth, spherical faceted, cubic (roughly), or disc-like
  • number to encode: 6 digits is best, I can accommodate 7 or 8 (birthdays work well)
  • Encoding system: quantitative (0-9 beads in a row) or binary (N sets of 4-5 beads)
At some point I’ll have a web store, but for the moment just send me a message here or via my email as found at (sorry for the external reference – trying to cut down on spam links) and I’ll get back to you.  I’ll post additional pieces as they’re finished to my Flickr set and Facebook album here:


Steampunk Dice with Fibonacci Sequence (1-1-2-3-5-8-13) and Celtic knotwork fob



E in 4-bit binary (2-7-1-8-2-8-2) stone and onyxRedRunes-Agate-4BitEncoded-E


Pi (3-1-4-1-5-9-3) with natural stone beadsClearBlack-TanStone-Pi


Malachite Fibonacci


Blue super-giant variable star companion (HDE 226868) to Cygnus X-1 in hematite, with Cthulhuian extender in snowflake obsidian, for Dr. Megan Pickett


Primes (1-2-3-5-7-11) in antique-style dark red glass beads with speckled stone-look dice and Celtic knotwork fobLightgraySpeckledStone-AgedRedGlass-Primes