I think this is my fourth or fifth prototype for the Dice Cups so far and I'm pretty close to nailing down the geometry. It's taken me this long to figure out it's the circumference of the stitch that's the primary factor, rather than the circumference of the material. I came up a bit shy on my estimates this time but a couple of troublesome splices and it's all done. I'm expecting to make one more prototype to verify the pattern and then it should be ready for production. The handle/lid retainer's working pretty well too.
The design this time was selected by an impromptu Twitter poll. I'm amused at the notion of wee "Cthulhu-Chan" sitting in the depths making friends with Blue Whales despite her horror-filled self. It seems very Cthulhu.
I also took this opportunity to try out Fiebling's brand of gel stain. It's more of a paste than a gel so it's messy as all get out but I kinda like it. It adds a bit more character to the leather than the Tandy brand. Though this is probably the first time I've had to wash my needles... >_>