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noiremisfortune

Has anyone else made their own diy decks and how well did they work out for you?

 

I made a mini italian cartomancy deck out of posterboard and while accurate I just couldn't bond with it the way I have with mass produced decks that I owned. Does that mean I did something wrong??

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katrinka

In 2008, I was making something called the Mesquite Oracle.
It wasn't a deck, but rather a casting oracle burned on slices of mesquite wood. I did actual little pictures rather than glyphs, and I sold some sets and kept one for myself. (Mine has some oak slices as well - the idea started as oak, but I found that mesquite looked much nicer.)

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It does work well. I started with ideas of events and concepts like payday, endings, miracles, loyalty, etc., rather than just making pictures and assigning meanings afterwards.
I still use it sometimes. https://fennario.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/i-make-oracles/

 

I'd make them again if I had someone to slice the mesquite branches for me. I have some revisions in mind. But I don't trust myself with a table saw, I'd amputate some fingers!

 

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katrinka

I think that's the issue with DIY oracles: wanting to revise them.
When you get a Lenormand or a Tarot or a Kipper, what's there is what you work with. But when it's your idea, it's hard to stop making it.

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noiremisfortune

I completely agree, it is hard to stop working with but for me...i just couldn't work with it to begin with...

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katrinka

Posterboard isn't the nicest thing to shuffle.
Have you considered scanning the images and having them printed up here?

https://www.makeplayingcards.com/

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noiremisfortune
40 minutes ago, katrinka said:

Posterboard isn't the nicest thing to shuffle.
Have you considered scanning the images and having them printed up here?

https://www.makeplayingcards.com/

Did that with my oracle deck but that was expensive and was afraid to try them again

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gregory

Printerstudio - same outfit, and not DIRT cheap; but I think the prices are fair. The other thing you can do - which I did before I discovered PS - is print on lightweight card and laminate with a home machine.

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Arania

Or put them in sleeves designed for CCGs.

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