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Discussion in 'Poker Chip General' started by MD Mike, Dec 5, 2017 at 6:28 PM.

  1. MD Mike

    MD Mike Active Member

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    Alright, who has had success mixing up a clay formula at home and heating/compressing some clay into a homemade chip?

    I am getting to the point where I am almost thinking it might be cheaper to figure out how to make the chips myself. Start experimenting with clay and plasticizer and make a simple disk mold.

    Anyone actually tried this?
     
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    Chicken Rob Poker sorry.
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    PGI bought actual chip making equipment, and the formula for the clay, and they couldn’t make it work.

    Red Ott bought ASM, and all the formulas and process and couldn’t make it work.

    Good luck.
     
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    Search CT and you will find my attempts.
     
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    No thread crapping! :wink:

    @Meddler described it as "VERY doable"

    You mean your 'Hammer & Chisel' ones?

    I found a couple of threads for that:

    http://www.chiptalk.net/forum/threads/meddlers-hammer-chisel-mold-update-w-pron.77791/

    http://www.chiptalk.net/forum/threads/meddler-hammer-chisel-ready-for-production.77886/

    That was a great experiment! :)
     
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  5. MD Mike

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    So I read some @Meddler and his attempts at making some chippies. I do agree that getting the formula right is most of the work. Clay is very brittle and can either be too soft or rock hard based on how it’s cured. So it’s likely that the composition of the compression clay chips is going to be something that wears well and feels buttery but has a very solid bond so it doesn’t bend.

    Some kind of silicate maybe? Don’t know much about rocks or chemistry so this might be hard for me.
     
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    I’ve looked at my ASM under a microscope and can see little clear fibers. They look like plastic or fiberglass.
     
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    Sounds like a binding material to keep the other stuff together.
     
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