Monday, March 23, 2015

Project Cthulhu: Cthulhu Coins

A long time ago I was introduced to a prop page that just caught my attention. It made me think of all the wondrous things a decent craftsmen could do with some out of the box crafting skills and a bit of imagination. That page spawned many others that page has now morphed into Propnomicon. I had read a decent amount of Lovecraft back in high school and was always fascinated  with his amazing descriptions of this things of nightmare. When I found out that there was an entire role-playing game based on this mythos I was even more fascinated. I had wanted to work on some of these impressive props that people had cobbled together so many years ago but as with a lot of things it got shuffled to the ever growing back burner. Life and all it's many complications had caused it to slowly be lost to the ethers.

This year, after a very busy X-mas season, things had died down a bit and the orders had slowed to a crawl for a bit. I decided I wanted to dust off this old ambition and make something I had intended to so many years ago. I didn't want to do anything to big as I still had many projects to finish up, but I wanted to take a break from my "regular" builds and make something a little different. I decided I wanted to make myself some coins that would fit right into the cthulhu mythos that so long ago had fascinated me.

I took a morning after the hustle and bustle of the morning had died down, sat down with my coffee at my computer and started some 3D modeling. One thought came right off the bat as I had carved it into my jack-o-lantern not so long ago.

Here are the 3 designs I had settled on.

After printing them it took some work to get them to look like coins rather than 3D printed objects (those ever annoying striation lines). But when I had them where I was happy with them I made a mold of them. The very next day (the mold was barely cured) I was so excited to see them in brass I poured a cold cast. here are the results.

Beautiful just as I had imagined them.

I then proceeded to cold cast in bronze.


Even Silver (aluminum cold cast)

Here's a picture of all the cold casts

Here's a closer look at the details of each coin.

Over all for a sideline project that was somewhat an old thought come to life I am incredibly happy with what I have achieved. If you like them, please do not hesitate to go here to my Etsy shop and pick your self up some, I would be more than happy to share them with you.

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