Miniature Coins

In case you’re wondering where the heck I am at the moment, I’m in Tokyo hanging out with Epoch people at International Tokyo Toy Show.  I kept myself busy so far, but it’s been the best experience in my life.  

I’ve visited a couple of SF shops and now on my way to another one Yokohama as we speak. I will make a page for those who are interested in traveling to Japan visiting these places later.

Tomorrow and the day after are public days at the toy show, so I’m hoping I get hang out with some of you there.  

Anyways, let’s move onto today’s tutorial…

Looking inside the new town fountain, my Sylvanians can see coins on the bottom of the water.  I don’t know if this is common in other parts of the world, but in where I live, people like to throw coins in the fountains for good luck.

Because this fountain was made specifically to go with the new Sylvanian town series, I think coins are great addition to it. Well, it was actually my husband’s idea to make coins for the fountain.  Thanks, babe!

First make a clay log.  Slice out thin pieces.  Personally I don’t think these coins need to be exact same sizes.  Because fountains usually have various kinds of coins from all over  the world. 😉

Make the clay slices into tiny balls.

With a flat object, push the balls down flat.

With something that’s slightly smaller than the size of the flat circles, make indentations for more realistic look. I used a piece of beads.

Paint the coins in the colors you like.  I used silver, gold, light copper, and dark copper.  After the paint is dry, I highly recommend splashing some water with small amount of black paint onto the coins to do some dark wash on them.  Wait for everything to get completely dry, and your coins should look nicely “used.”

Not bad for something this easy, right?

To avoid the coins from floating everywhere when I pour in the resin, I glued them onto the fountain base.

Also some metallic paints like to bleed when they touch resin, so just as a precaution, I coated the coins with clear glue before pouring in the resin.