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« on: January 23, 2009 05:14:24 PM »

Hi!

I wasn't sure where to post this -- I thought maybe toys and dolls but... who knows. It seems to be mostly doll related stuff over there.  Anyway...

I want to make my own Mah'jong set. Sets contain a bunch of little tiles with certain things printed on them.  I was hoping I could find blank Mah'jong tiles -- either wooden or plastic -- out there and then I could handpaint my own custom set to give to my husband for Valentine's Day this year.  But... in searching for "blank Mahjong tiles" on google I'm not coming up with anything.  I have been racking my brain, but can't think of anything out there that is roughly the right size, etc. that are blank.  I tried searching for blank dominoes I could purchase but nothing.  Does anyone have any ideas? 

I was also thinking that perhaps is there a way you can think of that I could make the tiles myself?  I thought about making tiles out of polymer clay... but I need like 144+ tiles to be the exact same size/thickness and am starting to wonder if I'd be able to do that freehand with polymer clay.  That lead to me thinking of a mold of some kind -- maybe plaster of paris?  Pour into a mold I make and just make a bunch of tiles that way, so I'd know they'd all be the same.  Then I could paint on them and seal them with a clear coat of something.

Ahhh!  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I'd be happy with purchasing blank tiles from a game supply company (so far not having any luck finding blank ones) or even making the tiles themselves all by myself -- if I can come up with a good way to do it.  Any help or suggestions you may have that would help me create a custom Mah'jong set would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2009 05:29:28 PM »

I was thinking where I had seen something similar, and it's artchix studio. They have bamboo tiles: http://www.artchixstudio.com/mall/ab1075.asp

They have a few colors and things...not sure if they are too pricey for you want to do, though.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2009 05:33:54 PM »

Also, this place: http://www.rubbernation.com/servlet/StoreFront
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2009 09:13:15 PM »

These links are fabulous, thank you so much!  I will be placing an order asap -- I really appreciate it Smiley I'll have to post my finished set when I do it Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2009 12:51:56 AM »

Your own Mah'Jong set, that sounds like a really in depth project but I'm sure it will be really awesome when it's done, looking forward to seeing it.  Are you going to burn the images into the tiles (ala wood burning kit or similar) or just draw them on?
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2009 11:49:48 AM »

Your own Mah'Jong set, that sounds like a really in depth project but I'm sure it will be really awesome when it's done, looking forward to seeing it.  Are you going to burn the images into the tiles (ala wood burning kit or similar) or just draw them on?

That's the plan!  We recently were invited over to our friend's house, and they taught us MahJong. My husband and I really enjoyed it and he has been playing online. We don't own our own set, and instead of buying him one for Valentine's Day, I thought I would make my own. I found the blank domino tiles thanks to an earlier post -- just waiting for them to get shipped!

I plan to handpaint the imges onto each tile. My question now is... how do you think I should "seal" the wood pieces after they are finished? Lacquer? Is there something I can pick up at a local craft store that would be good for that? I want my handpainted tiles to last!  Thanks for any suggestions Smiley

And I will definitely post pics when I finish. Wish me luck! It will take me awhile, lol.
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2009 12:27:26 PM »

Some kind of lacquer (which reminds me of an inappropriate joke but let's move on) would probably work well, but you may want to ask the craft store people or even do a test or two because I've heard of some lacquers having a bad reaction with certain types of paint and not turning out well.
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2009 05:15:38 PM »

Some kind of lacquer (which reminds me of an inappropriate joke but let's move on) would probably work well, but you may want to ask the craft store people or even do a test or two because I've heard of some lacquers having a bad reaction with certain types of paint and not turning out well.

Thank you for your suggestions Smiley I'll be sure to ask when I go lacquer hunting! (and yay for inappropriate jokes, haha)

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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2009 07:00:50 PM »

You could spray it with a polyacrylic spray that is meant for sealing painted things. That might work well because it would be a lot easier than hand-lacquering and perhaps wouldn't bleed too much paint since it's a light spray.
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2009 07:12:20 PM »

great thanks for the tip
You could spray it with a polyacrylic spray that is meant for sealing painted things. That might work well because it would be a lot easier than hand-lacquering and perhaps wouldn't bleed too much paint since it's a light spray.

Great, thanks for the tip, zatanna! I'll definitely look for that at the store Smiley  I'm still waiting for the dang blank tiles to show up -- they shipped last week and I'm dying for them to arrive so I can start!
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