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November 17, 2018

How Challenge Coins Are Made

One doesn’t have to be a metal craftsman or work in mint to design and create customized medallions and coins using gold or silver. You can use a metal clay, which is a home crafting tool used for crafting small metal sculptures to create a customized medallion or challenge coin using clay sculpting techniques. In fact, this tool allows you to customize challenge coins in any design you like for film pops, special play, jewelry, or keepsakes. Below are the steps involved in making a customized challenge coin.

Life-Sized Paper Drawing

The process of creating a challenge coin starts by creating a life-sized paper drawing of the desired medallion or challenge coin. After that, design it on a computer or hard draw and print it exactly the way you would like it to appear with any numbers, letters, or images. You can either trace an actual coin, include the circular outline, or use a circle tool in an image editor to get this done in the right way. Finally, use a pair of scissors to cut out the design of your coin and make sure the circular outline has a little space left on it.

Molding

Once you have designed the coin, use earthenware clay to mold it. Pull a lump of earthenware clay about the size of the desired challenge coin and use your hands to soften it. You can use a smooth working surface to soften one edge of the clay and then place the drawing of your coin on this flat surface. After that, press and trace it through the piece of paper to create a shallow impression of the image you want on the coin using the nut pick. After it has dried a little bit, use a needle or toothpick to make prints of any fine lines such as images, numbers, or letters on the coin and don’t forget to include the circular outline. Let the clay dry up for a couple of hours until it hardens enough.

Coating

You can dip a finger in the cooking oil and use fine layer of it to rub and coat the new mold. Oiling ensures that the challenge coin doesn’t stick to the pattern. After that, take a piece of metal clay, add a few drops of water if it is crumbly or dry, and use your hands to soften it. Continue to add drops of water if the clay dries out even as you mold it. Use the metal clay to make a disc shape, mold it into a ball shape, and then press it against a flat surface. Finally, flatten its either sides and flip them over your working surface.

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