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After posting about my Kingsburg poker chip Soldier Tokens and my poker chip tokens for Jaipur, there’s a lot of interest in how to make these chips. The process is actually pretty easy, so I figured I’d throw together a short tutorial.

Here’s the materials you’ll need:

• Blank Poker Chips (Links below)
• Color Photo Printer (or any color printer, depending on quality)
• Photo Paper (I use [url=https://www.amazon.com/ /dp/B006IMA2XO]Canon Photo Paper Pro Semi-Gloss[/url])
• Spray Adhesive (I use 3M Super 77)
• Circle Punch (I use this EK Tools 1.25” Punch)
• Large Tweezers

As requested, here are the links to sticker images for both Jaipur scoring tokens and Kingsburg Soldier tokens:

Jaipur Scoring Token Stickers

Note: The original file upload was missing a single chip image (a value "3" Green Spice chip). I have fixed this and re-uploaded the complete image. If you downloaded this file prior to 3:30pm on 10/15/16, your file will be missing the image. Please re-download the file.

Kingsburg Soldier Token Stickers

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POKER CHIPS

First, you’ll need to acquire some blank poker chips. When I first started this project, I was actually searching for the same chips used in **Splendor**, but it turns out they’re rather hard to get and kind of expensive, at least for the average consumer. So, the two chips I recommend using are either these 5 Spot blank chips (which I used for Kingsburg) or these 8 Stripe blank chips (which I used for Jaipur).

Both types of chips have a 1.25” sticker well, so whichever one you choose is just an aesthetic choice.

The links above are for Discount Casino Gear, but you can also get the chips on Amazon. The caveat being that you have to order them in much larger quantities on Amazon – 25-50 chips per color – which is way more than you’ll need.

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PRINTING

For my money, the best looking chips are printed on a photo printer that can print at very high resolution. You can print these stickers on nearly any color inkjet or laser printer, though, so feel free to do whatever is most convenient for you. This demonstration will be using photo paper.



You can also buy round labels specifically designed for poker chips, like these. I tend not to use labels like these because I can’t print on them at high enough resolution to make them look good. Plus, designing the actual print file to line up with the stickers is kind of a bitch, so I just use photo paper and spray adhesive.

I will eventually upload image files for the Jaipur scoring tokens to BGG, but right now when I try the uploader crashes, so I’m unable to. I’ll update here if that changes.

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CUTTING

Alright. Once you’ve acquired your chips and printed your stickers, you’ll need to punch them out. This is where the circle punch comes in.

The first step is to cut up the printed sticker sheet.



The punch won’t be able to reach the stickers in the center of the sheet, so you’ll need to cut it into two-sticker wide strips. You could also do one-sticker-wide strips, but I think two give you a little more paper to grip while you’re punching them out.

This is what my circle punch looks like:



EK Tools circle punches are designed for use with craft paper for scrapbooking. Usually, you’ll set them flat on a desk, insert paper, and punch blindly to make colored circles. That’s not what we’re going to do here. Flip the circle punch over so you can see the opening on the bottom.



This will allow you to line up your stickers with the hole on the bottom to ensure you’re punching them out properly. There’s also a secondary benefit: Because of the shape of their “blade”, most circle punches tend to leave marks on the front side of the paper they punch. Flipping the punch over ensures those marks are on the back of the stickers, and not visible on the final chips.

Simply insert the sticker sheet and line up your sticker…



…then squeeze to punch it out.



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APPLYING SPRAY ADHESIVE

Once all your stickers are punched out, you’re going to apply spray adhesive to the backs. This is as simple as laying out the stickers face down and spraying them with adhesive, but I have three specific bits of advice:

First, add a slight bend to each of your stickers before putting them down, like this:



The reason for this bend is to make the stickers easier to pick up off the paper where you sprayed them.



If they’re lying perfectly flat, they’re almost impossible to pick up once sprayed, and you’ll end up pushing them around in the adhesive and making a big mess. The bend allows you to pick them up by their edge without having to touch any of the actual adhesive.



Second, use tweezers to manipulate them, like this:



Using your fingers will be clunky and unwieldy, and you’ll eventually end up with adhesive all over your fingers. Which is generally bad, because you need to press the stickers into the chips, and you’ll just smear glue all over the face of the chips when you’re doing it.

Lastly, don’t spray more than about ten chips worth of stickers (twenty stickers) at once. If you do more than that, in the time it takes you to sticker a bunch of chips, the adhesive on the backs of the remaining stickers will dry out and become useless.

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APPLYING THE STICKERS

Once you’ve grabbed the sticker with tweezers, it’s as simple as lining up the sticker on the face of the chip and laying it down.



I tend to use the spots/stripes on the edge of the chip as a guide for placing the stickers. Once the sticker is laid down, just give it a quick press with your thumbs to set it.



Then, flip the chip over and apply the back.



Just be sure to orient the chip correctly so the back and front match up. With Jaipur, specifically, be sure to pay close attention to the values of the back you’re applying, so they properly match up.

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And that’s it!



It really is a pretty straightforward process. Actually, the most time-intensive part of the process is just creating the images for the stickers, which – at least for Jaipur and Kingsburg - I’ve already done for you (and I’ll have them uploaded as soon as I can).

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to see the results of your chips, if you decide to make some. Happy gaming!
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Re: Custom Poker Chip Token Tutorial (w/pics)
Hmm, I wonder how well this will work with the chips with the little dice faces on the edges - I think those have a smaller blank space than what you're using. I just got a ton of brand new nice heavy chips like that at GoodWill and wasn't really sure what to do with them.
 
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I'd add a couple of things:

- If you want to protect your stickers, then use a spray lacquer. Spray over the printed side and wait for it to thoroughly cure before proceeding. Don't try and laminate them, with tape or with a cold laminate machine, or with "contact paper" or whatever - the round craft punch will chew the laminate up something rotten.

- It works variably well depending on the spray adhesive you use, but you can sometimes get away with creating a sticker sheet using waxed baking paper (or better still, the backing from full-sheet labels - if you keep it and don't crease it!) Lay out the stickers face-down on a sheet of printer paper or something and then spray the backs with glue as in the tutorial above, then lay the wax paper with the waxed side down over the top of them. Dab the paper down, and you'll generally find that the printer paper peels off easily, leaving the round punched-out stickers on the face of the paper. It's not as good as the kind of stickers you can make out of the "sticker maker" machines (Xyron etc.) you can get from craft shops, but it can be better than curling each round individually and picking them up carefully. You still have to work moderately fast, though.
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Re: Custom Poker Chip Token Tutorial (w/pics)
motoyugota wrote:
Hmm, I wonder how well this will work with the chips with the little dice faces on the edges - I think those have a smaller blank space than what you're using. I just got a ton of brand new nice heavy chips like that at GoodWill and wasn't really sure what to do with them.


The issue with most poker chips, including the D6 chips like you're describing, is the center of the chip is flush with the edge. Meaning that the sticker will actually sit above the face of the chip, and will be more prone to peeling or damage.

The chips I link to in this post are made specifically for stickering, so the center area of the chip is recessed slightly. That way, the sticker settles down to be either flush with the edge or slightly below it. When the chips are stacked, the weight is around the rim of the chip and not on the face of the sticker. This recess also protects the edge of the sticker so it won't get caught and peel easily.

I'd suggest against trying to sticker any poker chips that aren't made specifically to take stickers.
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or... alternatively for the creatively uninclined...

http://www.makeplayingcards.com/promotional/custom-chips.htm...

Custom Chips, you can buy in singles.
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TragicTheBlathering wrote:
or... alternatively for the creatively uninclined...

http://www.makeplayingcards.com/promotional/custom-chips.htm...

Custom Chips, you can buy in singles.

That does kind of defeat the purpose of a tutorial posted in the Do It Yourself forum, though.
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I can vouch for that EK punch. I've got the same one and it works great for this very purpose...punching out nice, perfect circles in paper and card stock.
 
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Does anyone have a template I can use to design tokens?
 
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Those are amazing! Thank you for sharing.

How well do they wear? Do they need some kind of photoprotective spray, or are they fine as is?
 
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or... alternatively for the creatively uninclined...

http://www.makeplayingcards.com/promotional/custom-chips.htm...

Custom Chips, you can buy in singles.


Expensive!!! Evidently, this is a case where just a little do-it-yourself will save a lot of money.
 
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For those who have been interested, I've added Google Drive links to the post above where you can download sticker images for both Jaipur and Kingsburg.

Here they are again:

Jaipur Scoring Token Stickers

Kingsburg Soldier Token Stickers
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Ryuu wrote:
Those are amazing! Thank you for sharing.

How well do they wear? Do they need some kind of photoprotective spray, or are they fine as is?


I honestly don't know just yet. I haven't had them long enough to figure out how they wear. I would imagine - at least in the cases of Jaipur and Kingsburg - that they'd be fine, because there's not much in the way of shuffling or bagging that's going to cause excessive wear.

That being said, a quick spray of acrylic sealant never really hurts
 
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or... alternatively for the creatively uninclined...

http://www.makeplayingcards.com/promotional/custom-chips.htm...

Custom Chips, you can buy in singles.

It also doesn't look like they have enough colors to even make these.

As a side note, I just got my chips ordered from discount poker chips for $20 including sipping.

This will be a fun project for my wife and I on a rainy weekend!
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