Laser Engraved Personalized Dominoes - A Domino set personalized just for you.

Dominoes that add something special to your game experience. With laser etching and hand painting,

the engraving on the dominoes is permanent and elegant.

Monday, January 8, 2018

What would you like to see from EngravedDominoes.com?

What would you like to see from EngravedDominoes.com?

We have a whole bunch of ideas for 2018 and could use your help to decide which ones are most important to you.

We want to increase posts to Facebook and our Blog and bring you content you are looking for; so what would you like to see?  Let us know your favorites in the comments or drop us an email.

Some ideas we have are:
Samples of what we have done for customers
Our lofty plans for the future
Start a newsletter
YouTube videos of products
YouTube videos of how to play
Recommended links to domino related items like tables 
History and stories

Or - are we missing from your favorite social media platform completely?  If so, where should we be?

This is your time to let us know where we should focus our attention. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 at EngravedDominoes.com


2018 is here!

First I would like to thank everyone who visited our site or social media. You asked for social media presence and here I am. Still new to this and still learning but all constructive feedback helps.

Over the next few days I will be posting some of our plans for 2018 on Facebook and this Blog.  I am looking for your feedback to help us prioritize projects based on what you want to see. Hint - they will be about:
  1. Social media ideas
  2. New product options
  3. International shipping

If you like what we have done on social media so far, give us a comment. If you think what we have posted so far is just totally irrelevant please let us know (nicely please). I am a firm believer that constructive comments bring on great discussions so do not want to have to delete them, but I will.

PS: the EngravedDominoes.com logo is ENGRAVED into the domino in the picture; it is a great example of just how fine the details can be with engraving.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

2017 Black Friday Specials

Black Friday Specials at EngravedDominoes.com.  Stock will be updated tomorrow on all these items on Black Friday 2017.  The stock will be updated before Noon Central time.

You can preview the specials at http://www.engraveddominoes.com/products.php?cat=3 

If there is something there that you want to be notified the moment they go on sale use the back in stock notifiation.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017 Holiday Shipping Cutoff Dates

Need your dominoes by Christmas? 

Here is the cutoff calendar for the various shipping methods.

We are still offering FREE USPS Priority mail shipping through the holidays. Make sure you have your orders in by the 19th at noon central time to take advantage of the free shipping for Christmas!
FPO/APO addresses have the earliest cutoff; Shipping is still Free to you - but you will need to get your orders in early to make sure they get overseas in time.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Domino cleanup and restoration - Painting

Domino cleanup and restoration - Painting

We are now at the final step of the process.  For this step you will need the Acrylic paint of your color choice, cotton swabs, paper towels and window cleaner.  I also like to have a small pointy object handy like toothpick or tweezers tip to apply tiny dots of paint or touch-ups.  A fine paintbrush will also work for this.  A plastic razor blade for scraping off excess paint is a very handy thing to have on hand for this project also, it will save you cleanup time.

Recommended Paints: I prefer a gloss paint or a metallic gold/silver paint because it has a bit of a sheen when dry.  

You can accomplish the same effect with an acrylic varnish.  When using the varnish, I prefer the kind you mix in with the paint rather than the kind you put on afterwards.  It simply saves a step.  

These paints can be found in the hobby isle of most box stores and fabric stores.
The painting is a lot easier than you may think.  You do not have to stay in the lines.  The closer you stay near the lines, the easier it will be to cleanup so try not to cover the whole domino with paint.

For the engraved area, I rub the swab back and forth over the engraving to make sure the paint catches on the edges of every letter.  This saves on touching up paint later.

For the fronts of the dominoes where there are large areas, I use a pointy object to dab paint into the areas leaving very little area to cleanup.

This process has been perfected from years of painting dominoes so do not expect to get a perfect result the very first time.  The good thing is that you can go right back to using the cotton swab with paint and try again if your timing is off.

The timing and technique:
The process that I use is to dampen a paper towel with window cleaner and wipe the surface of the domino to remove the paint not in the engraved area.
Here is where technique and timing come into play:If you press too hard with the wet paper towel, you will take paint out of the engraved area, if the paint is too wet it will just smear, of the towel is too damp it will also smear, too dry it will do nothing.  If you do this too soon, the paint will be too wet, too late and it will take more effort to cleanup.  

Here is what I do; adjust timing to your liking.  First I paint the dominoes with the swab.  Then I use a plastic razor blade to scrape off the excess.  You get something like what is on the right.  You are just moving the excess paint away from the engraving and you can also see if you missed any spots easily.
Then I let them set for 10-20 minutes.  When I am in a rush, I put them in front of a fan or heater to make the paint dry faster.  After they have sat for a while, I dampen a paper towel with window cleaner and do a wipe across the top.  No pressure, just getting the bulk of the paint off.  

The picture to the left is what I get when I have not waited long enough and some of the paint from the engraving smears.  If you take out too much paint, add some more and wait longer, otherwise just give it another 5-10 minutes and wipe again.

What will happen quickly is that you wipe and paint stays in the engraving and the rest of the domino is clean - you are done with that domino!

Let dry overnight before sealing domino in any container or stacking them.  At the shop here we stack the open rack/boxes overnight so that by morning all dominoes are completely dry.  

You can wait until the paint is completely dry - either before or after scraping with a razor blade.  The only difference is that it will take more wiping with the window cleaner to get the paint off.  

Quite a transformation.

Before and after of sample domino set cleanup

Friday, October 27, 2017

Domino cleanup and restoration - Sanding

Domino cleanup and restoration - Sanding

 Continuing on the domino cleanup and restoration series.  Sanding your dominoes is next. This step really should be refereed to more as polishing or buffing since the grit of abrasive pads used is not enough to take off much surface.

This is by far the most important step to SKIP if you do not need to do it.  Once something is sanded off, it cannot be put back on.  Whatever you do in sanding is permanent.  

 What I use in this process is either the sanding pads from 4000-12000 grit I purchased at a Hobby Lobby, or a fingernail buffing block (with different grit on each side).

In the package shown on the left, I only tend to use the 8000-12000 grit pads.  

What these sanding pads do is basically polish your dominoes.  The lower grits can remove minor scratches but the end goal of this step is to get a smooth surface.

You want to have a smooth surface at the end because the next step is painting.  

If you have ever spilled something on a wood surface that was not varnished you know that liquids soak into every crack and crevace they can find.  The same is true when you paint the dominoes.  If you have lots of tiny crevices then paint will be stubborn in those spots and if you allow the paint to dry completely before cleaning out those spots then you could have permanent speckles.

How to polish/sand/buff:
Make sure the domino can lay flat on a table.  If you have spinners on your dominoes, cut a hole in a piece of cardboard and put the domino on the cardboard so the spinner sits in the hole.  This just keeps the domino from spinning or wobbling while you are sanding.

Using your sanding or buffing pad, sand the surface of the domino with the buffing side of the nail block or the 12000 grit pad.  This will take a couple minutes per domino if you have surface issues.  Again - if you do not have issues - skip the sanding

If you do have a small scratch that you are trying to remove and the 12000 doesn't seem to be working, go to the 8000 pad.  Be patient, this may take a while.  This is where you do not want to rush it or go to something like the 4000 and end up with more scratches.  If a full 2 minutes on the 8000 does not work, try 6000 and so on.
NOTE: If you use any other pad than the 12000 you will need to go back over the area with EVERY pad between the one you used and the 12000 IN ORDER 

This means that if you use the 4000 pad, you will then need to use the 6000 pad, 8000 pad and 12000 pad in that order to get the domino back to a smooth surface from the scratches a 4000 pad will put in.

Next post: Painting

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Domino cleanup and restoration - Cleaning

Domino cleanup and restoration - Cleaning

So you have a set of dominoes that look like this.  All hope is not lost.  The first step is to get any dirt and grime that has accumulated through the years off.

This set of dominoes came to me after someone tried to clean off the paint in the engraving and whatever was used loosed the paint on the pips.  The paint was completely gone in the engraved areas on the backs.
Clean dirt off dominoes:
Our secret ingredient for this is window cleaner.  Any brand will do, the generic brands are just as good as the name brands when it comes to cleaning dominoes. 

We have only used the generic blue stuff.  I have no knowledge of whether the other color cleaners work just as well or better on dominoes.   Once we discovered one that worked we stuck with it.

Simply spray a bit on a paper towel and wipe the dirt off the dominoes.  You will be surprised how quickly and easily it will come off any surfaces.

Remove flecking paint:
The next thing I did with this set was to pick off any flecking paint. 

I used a small pointy tweezers end to just lightly scrape around all the dots and center lines in the dominoes.  Loose paint just caught onto the end of the tweezers and flecked off completely.

This process can be used in the engraving on the backs also; for this set it was unnecessary as the set engraving paint was completely removed before I saw them.

You do want to make sure you get all loose paint off.  If there is a spot left that is loose and you paint over that with new paint, it will just end up coming off sooner rather than later.

Next post:
Keep an eye open for our next post on cleaning up the domino surface imperfections.