How to Make Pirate Coins

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How to Make Pirate Coins
Make your own pirate coins out of polymer clay. (Chest full of coins isolated on white image by Elnur from Fotolia.com)

Impress your kid's friends by making some pirate coins as accessories for her pirate-themed party. Pile the coins high in an open treasure chest and you will have a visually stunning prop to help decorate the party venue. You can reuse the coins for future children's parties or give them to your child, along with the chest, for fantasy pirate games.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • White polymer clay
  • Pasta machine
  • Pastry cutters or knife
  • Printed image
  • Clay piercing tool
  • V-shaped linoleum cutter
  • Bake and bend clay
  • 400-grit sandpaper
  • Black polymer clay
  • Metallic wax - gold, silver or copper
  • Soft denim cloth
  • Polyurethane finish

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Flatten your polymer clay out by feeding it through your pasta machine on the thickest setting.

  2. 2

    Cut a circle out of your flattened polymer clay. Use a cookery pastry cutter or cut around a real coin or other circular object with a knife. Make the circle whatever size you want your finished coins to be.

  3. 3

    Bake the disk you have created for about 20 minutes.

  4. 4

    Print out the picture that you want to put on your pirate coins -- a skull and crossbones or something similarly appropriate. Print the image the right size to fit on the coins and cut a large square around the picture.

  5. 5

    Position the square of paper over the polymer disk with the picture centred on it. Tape the square of paper down at all four corners to the work surface beneath the disk.

  6. 6

    Prick around the outline of the image with a clay piercing tool so that the outline shows on the polymer clay underneath the paper.

  7. 7

    Cut around the outline with the linoleum cutter, removing a layer of the polymer clay so that the image remains slightly protruding and clearly defined. Don't worry too much about small mistakes. The coins of the age were unlikely to have been perfect.

  8. 8

    Make two disk shapes out of the bake and bend clay larger than the polymer clay disk.

  9. 9

    Press the bake and bend clay disks onto the polymer disk to make an imprint of the image on them.

  10. 10

    Bake the bake and bend clay moulds you have just made according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  11. 11

    Sand down the top edges of the moulds until when they fit together they will make a coin of the required thickness.

  12. 12

    Mark the side of your moulds in the same place so that the image on your coins will match up at the front and back.

  13. 13

    Coat the inside of your moulds with a little water from a spray bottle to prevent the clay from sticking.

  14. 14

    Press some black clay between the two moulds, matching up the marks on the sides. Judge the correct amount of clay according to the size of your coins.

  15. 15

    Gently release your coin from the moulds.

  16. 16

    Make as many coins as you want and bake them for approximately 20 minutes.

  17. 17

    Rub the metal wax onto the raised parts of the coins with your finger.

  18. 18

    Let the wax dry and then polish the coin with a soft piece of denim. The black coin base with the metal wax finish will give the appearance of a much aged coin.

Tips and warnings

  • For pirate coins that are less sophisticated, but much easier and faster to make, spray some small, smooth pebbles with gold paint. Alternatively, buy chocolate coins covered with gold foil. If your coins are going to be handled a lot, protect the wax by varnishing them with polyurethane finish.
  • Use varnish in a well-ventilated area. Don't allow children to put the pirate coins in their mouth.

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