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Custom Ceramic Chip Set - Japanese Numbers

Discussion in 'Custom Chip Mock-ups' started by seifip, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. seifip

    seifip Active Member

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    Hi!

    I've been choosing a new chip set for a while and I've seen many suggestions that if one goes with ceramic then it's good to do a custom design. This is my first chip set design ever (and my first post on this forum ^^) and I've designed it in a little over a half an hour so please don't be too harsh on me :happy:

    Do you think this would look OK on the chips? Do you have any suggestions on how I could improve them?

    Also, does anyone have experience with Sidepot custom Epiphany ceramic chips (Custom Poker Chips - Try Sidepot.com)? Are they any good? Compared to Chipco? Are there any better places with cheap shipping to Europe where I could get custom made ceramic chips?

    Thank you for your suggestions :)

    Update Nov 2017:

    It's been 8 years, and I finally found the time to release an update to this poker set, and put it up for sale online :)

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    1. I changed Japanese numerals to regular digits, as almost all of you have asked me to make this change in your orders.
    2. I've polished the design, with nicer fonts, and more distinct colours.
    3. You can now purchase the chips through my Facebook store, instead of PayPaling my personal address, which should make things much more straightforward

    The chips are still manufactured from quality ceramic, by BR Poker Pro.

    If you'd like to purchase a set, head to: http://www.sexychips.com/
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  2. links_slayer

    links_slayer Master of the 3-Putt Par
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    welcome to chiptalk! :)

    i'm sure a few people might say your design is too plain and too simple but i think it works really well. way back when, i considered getting my faux clays lazered like this. i think it's a neat concept.

    best of luck with them.

    oh...be sure to check out abcgiftsandawards.com. gene's custom ceramics are pretty dang good. a lot of people here have had him make their chips.
     
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  3. PilsBier

    PilsBier Well-Known Member

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    Hi there,

    first of all welcome aboard.

    Concerning the design, it's pretty plain simple :wink:... but this is no harm to the design. Maybe I would suggest using a progression in the edgespots to differ the denoms a bit more.

    Another concern is the black "inlay-part", it seems like there is a gradiant going from black to a dark grey. If that's right try out the design with some samples first. Sometimes a gradiant from grey to black tends to be printed brown in some parts of the gradient.


    Cheers,
    Pils
     
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  4. seifip

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    To be sincere it was my intention to make it simple and minimalistic... This is something rarely seen in ceramic chip design which is IMHO a shame (and the reason why I had hard time finding any chip designs that would really please me).

    Update... Is it better? :)

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    BTW, do you think it's possible to play well with 10/100/1000/10000 denominations? How should I divide them?
     
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  6. Josh7975

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    the second design is VERY nice. I really like how the edgespots get bigger on the sides and more numerous on the face. just a really cool design. Don't forget you can also do aligned edgespots, which make the spots wrap around the chip.

    yeah watch out for gradients. some gradients in some colors look horrible. maybe consider some different colors for the rings, just in case something looks better?

    there are a few different ceramic chip manufacturers, which are represented in europe and the states by several distributors. In europe I think Mr Chip is the guy for customs. In the states there's Palm, ABC, BR Pro, Chipco, and I'm sure I am forgetting a few. Plenty of info about them all here on CT.

    I don't know who makes the Epiphanies but it should be easy to find out. Then if you want, just order chips direct from them and avoid paying Sidepot's middleman cut.
     
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  7. seifip

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    @Josh7975: Thank you! How does it work with the aligned edgespots on ceramic chips? I've seen that many of them (especially Chipcos) have them misaligned. In any case I believe that I don't need them to be aligned in this case. Also do you think that Chipcos would be better than these Epiphanies or the ones proposed by links_slayer (abcgiftsandawards.com)?
     
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  8. seifip

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    Added a new dealer button...

    As for the samples, Mr Chip has two options - they can send a photo for 4EUR/piece or can send them for 4EUR/piece + 30EUR shipping. Do you think that a photo would be enough to check the color quality? 50EUR is quite a steep price for a sample.

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  9. Josh7975

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    wow yeah that's expensive for samples. will Mr Chip credit some of that cost towards a future order?

    aligned spots is an option at some manufacturers, but you're right-- Chipco doesn't do it. I think there are some pictures of aligned vs. unaligned spots at the ABC website. You can really get a bud jones or Jeton style appearance with aligned spots.

    There are some differences in color quality and feel that you won't discover unless you actually hold the chips in your hand. I'm sure you'll find lots of info if you search here. You can also just order sample stock chips from the companies-- they don't need to have your design, all you need to know is how the chip handles and whether the print quality is to your taste.

    I like casino chipcos a lot. But I think their home market chips are not as nice. The main difference is the printing, which is less dense on the home market chips. ABC chips are great-- bright, saturated colors, but the printing is done by ink-jet, and it's not as crisp as on Chipcos. I have no experience with epiphanies but I think there might be a review somewhere here. I only have a few samples of BRPro, but they look like gorgeous chips. Anyways, you can find a lot of really experienced people commenting on this stuff if you look around CT.
     
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  10. Toby

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    Marlow Poker Chips services Europe.

    I had some Chipco samples through from them and they looked pretty good.

    I decided against a ceramic set (I wasn't too keen on how easily they chip when dropped on a hard floor, like my kitchen! :)), so didn't do business with them - someone else might have and be able to advise.

    One of the advantages is they do a discount for CC&GTCC members - I can't remember how much exactly, but it was a decent saving for a 500+ chipset...

    Custom Poker Chips

    Oops! Meant to say I like your designs' minimal style!
     
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    I know you're thinking of ceramic, but I strongly recommend you get in touch with ICON poker chips. Here's a link:

    http://www.chiptalk.net/forum/custo...poker-durachip-see-how-i-feel-about-them.html

    Scan to the end of this link for some close up images. These chips feel really good and they look good. Your design would look sharp on these chips. You could also ask them about shipping overseas. The manufacturer is now a member of this site, so you can at least open a dialogue with him.
     
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  12. seifip

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    @beekeeper: Isn't clay > ceramic >> composite >>>>> plastic? There are some people who prefer ceramics versus clay, but I've never met anyone who would prefer composite or even plastic chips (maybe except nexgens). The ICON chips are plastic, right?
     
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    they are, but check out the link.

    I got a sample set sent to me. they are not like the plastic chips you're thinking of. they're very nice.
     
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    some plastic chips are VERY nice. I really dig my B&G and Bud Jones sets. The Icons are new and they are supposed to feel great.
     
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    Welcome aboard!

    Nice design...clean and classy.
     
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    @PAZ914: Thnx :)

    It seems like this design may look quite good, but the big question is still out there - is it possible to play with 10/100/1000/10000 denominations?
     
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    It completely depends on your blind structure. I personally think it would be a PIA to try to work something out with these denominations. You need 10 of each to equal the next denom up, that's a lot of chips for starting stacks. 25/100/500/1000 is only 4 or 5 (or 2) to equal the next denom. Its a lot easier to work with.

    Regarding Icon chips, if you want a minimalistic design and durability, I would strongly recommend looking at Icon's chips. They are VERY much like ceramics in looks/feel/sound. Nothing like a plastic chip at all and I think your design would work well on them too.
     
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    Unfortunately the Icon chips (neglecting the fact that they are plastic which still worries me, even after reading the great reviews) don't seem to support gradients (with the exception of the in lay, which I don't need to have a gradient) and don't seem support edge spots different from the default ones (which is an integral part of my design).
     
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    Here's a new version...

    1. I changed the "inside" part of the chips from very dark gray to white
    2. I hanged the denominations to 25/100/500/1000 as from what I've hard so far it's impossible to do a good breakdown with 10/100/1000/10000 denominations. Unfortunately, that way the edge-spots indicating the number of 0 in the denomination have lost heir sense - should I leave them like that, or make them more normal (around the whole chip)? Also, do the 2 squeezed characters on the 25 and 500 chips look all right? Or would it be better to remove the numbers all together?

    As for where to get them made, I've heard very good things about BR Pro and they have really great prices (0.71c/chip & free shipping). Are there any places customizing Chipcos which could compete with this price (especially the shipping to Europe part)?

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  20. Josh7975

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    I guess that's good coz the dark areas probably would have smeared a lot eventually. Still, I liked the dark grey.

    I think the spots still look great. If it really bugged you, you could try a "uni-spot" on each chip that got bigger and bigger according to denom.

    also , the red chip says 20, not 25. Standard vegas/AC colors would go green-black-purple-orange. Don't know if that matters for you. Any color scheme is ok at the end of the day.

    That's up to you. Make as many different versions as you can think of, and pick the one you like best. Most of us can't read Japanese, so if you really need an opinion, maybe try asking folks who are fluent.

    I think there are two places to get custom chipcos-- you can order from Chipco, or you can order through a couple that sells through a website and ebay-- I forget their name. Both websites will come up right away if you google chipco.
     
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