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Subject: Punching styrene to make tiny coin-shaped bits? rss

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I have some small plastic treasure chests, between 1" and 1/2" in size. (I got them from Mage Knight Dungeons and Weapons & Warriors: Pirate Battle) I want to fill them with tiny bits of treasure, to match Dungeons & Dragons-type miniatures. I've found tiny swords (Dark World) and helmets and coloured jewels. But I need to find tiny, tiny coins of copper, silver, gold, etc.

If I can't find some plated beads of gold and silver (either seed beads or micro beads), then my alternative is to get a sheet of styrene, punch out dozens of tiny circles, glue the circles into a solid pile, then paint the pile. It won't look nearly as good as plated glass beads, but it should be a fun project.

I've seen sheets of Styrene in lots of stores. But does anyone have a suggestion for a punch (or other method) that will give me lots of tiny circles?

Or any other suggestions for making lots of gold-coloured coins in the scale I need?
 
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Back in the day, LEGO made both treasure chests and LEGO gold coins to fill them with. I don't know if their website might allow you to order just the coins, but that might be an option.

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Mega blocks 'Pyrates' have treasure, coins, gems etc:

http://www.megabrands.com/en/kids/pyrates/

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If you go the punch route you could probably check an office supply store. I think I remember having a mechanical pencil with a replaceable eraser that was rather small. The erasers were held by a thin metal tube that was less than 5mm in diameter IIRC.
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There's a scrapbooking tool called a Crop-A-Dile that will punch 1/8" and 3/16" holes through all sorts of material. You can also find gold craft metal at craft stores. The metal I have is gold on one side and silver on the other, but you may be able to find some that is gold on both sides. The Crop-A-Dile goes through the craft metal very easily.

Edit: I should mention that the tool is designed to punch holes (as opposed to creating punched circles) and tends to bend the punched parts, so I'm not sure how the styrene would hold up. I have tried it on the craft metal, though, and it's easy to just flatten the metal back out.
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I seem to recall someone doing something similar with really small metallic confetti.

I know I saw it on the net but I can't find it for the life of me.
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There are all kinds of ways you can do this, but have you thought of casting them?

http://www.hirstarts.com/cavern/watercavern.html#85

http://www.hirstarts.com/cavern/descent.html

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I would use a leather punch for making coins from plastic sheet. Also, look for gold mica flake paint, which will look like scale gold nuggets. You might also be able to find useful glitter or confetti.
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kjamma4 wrote:
I seem to recall someone doing something similar with really small metallic confetti.

I know I saw it on the net but I can't find it for the life of me.


Found it!!!

http://www.terragenesis.co.uk/infopages/page443.html

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kjamma4 wrote:



That looks really good. Maybe not to fill treasure chests, but it would work for loose piles of coins, under dragon miniatures, etc.


And since it's just hot glue, white glue, glitter and matte varnish, it shouldn't be too tough!
 
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