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« on: June 11, 2014 01:36:54 PM »

Let me preface this by saying I'm not a Trekkie...my husband and friends are. There is a summit their 'ship' is organizing/planning and they've asked for my crafting assistance in making MANY things. The one thing I'm stuck on is Latinum. Gold Ferengi money. (I had to look that up  Huh)

Initially I thought of making it out of plywood or something and spray painting it but they want TONS OF IT so it needs to be relatively easy to make and cost effective. Smallest piece to largest piece they want 400, 400, 300, 20 pieces. Pray tell...what are your ideas?

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2014 01:49:01 PM »

What about polymer clay or paper clay- paper clay would be more cost effective.  Which ever you choose I would make one of each different coin from polymer clay then make a mold of each that way you can make them quickly-
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2014 03:38:21 PM »

My husband and I are professional prop-makers.  I could offer more useful advice if you can give an idea of your budget and time frame, and if the items will be handled or just sitting in a pile.  This is a vast number of objects, so you'll need multiple molds for each design.  I recommend a silicon molding material and resin plastic to cast them.  But we're talking multi-hundreds of $.    Cry

Happy to give as much advice as I can.  This is going to be a challenging project for the home craftsperson!   Shocked

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2014 08:13:08 PM »

We have about a year to make these things and they will be handled over course of the entire weekend. Our budget is quite slight...building on the first suggestion of polymer clay and your suggestion of making a mold I thought of using the clay for the mold and plaster for the pieces, then painting them all gold. In threory that sounds like a good plan. Haha
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2014 08:22:35 AM »

If you want to cast plaster, you have to use a flexible mold.  Since you have more time than money, you could make latex molds, which are much cheaper than silicon molds but take longer to make.  Plaster is cheap but not super durable, but is probably the best choice for this many objects on a low budget.  Smiley

So I would follow teag's suggestion to sculpt the pieces in polymer clay. After baking them, make molds with casting latex. 

Here's a tutorial on making latex molds:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Latex-Mold

You can make multiple molds  to speed up the plaster casting process.  I would mold all four as a set initially (what's called a "gang mold"), and then cast out a number of each size (say 5 of each) and then make molds of the individual sizes so you can run up 5 of each size at once.

You'll want to buy a 50 pound bag of plaster at a building materials supplier, rather than a bunch of expensive little bags at the craft store.  This will save you a lot of money right at the start.

Let me know if you need more info, sources of materials, etc.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2014 10:26:05 PM »

my first thought was making them as cookies.  Not practical, plaster is better.  But I love the idea of eating the money when you're done with it.

Cookies.  maybe I've been low-carb too long.
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2014 08:59:30 AM »

Why dont you just make them out of styrofoam? Its cost effective and you can buy it in bulk. Plus they will be super light in weight so you can transport them easily   Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2014 12:55:19 PM »

What about just using cardstock and various sized circle paper punches?
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2014 12:43:22 PM »

I'm a Star Trek fan but never got that much into Next Gen - and I didn't remember what form the latinum took, whether it was coins, bricks, etc.  So I googled it:
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=655&q=ferengi+latinum&oq=ferengi+latinum&gs_l=img.12..0i24.7169.15751.0.17632.15.14.0.0.0.2.293.1639.0j4j4.8.0....0...1ac.1.51.img..9.6.1256.xbnD4LwE1n4

And now that I've seen it, I'm voting for styrofoam sheets, too. Easy to cut, you can always shred the edges a bit if you want... or use cardboard. Tear up moving boxes or something. Unless it absolutely has to be heavy, I wouldn't go to all the work and expense of doing plaster, or molds, etc! Make it easy on yourself. Styrofoam, artfully jagged or textured, and sprayed gold. Voila. Latinum, with minimal effort. 

Wouldn't that work?
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