When I am working, especially with hand tools, I sometimes notice unique and special shavings or chips or other side products in my shaping of a piece.
While wasting away material with a bench chisel, I noticed the interesting fractured chip that was being produced simultaneously.
I saved four of them and later cut a recess into a board of the same shape as one and inlaid the chip into it. Today, it is still just a chip in a board, but one day it may become a lid to a box.
Another chip, created again with a bench chisel, caught my attention. This one is about 1-1/2″ diameter and definitely too fragile on its own (the tip broke off while I was handling it). To strengthen it, I dipped it in brushing lacquer, pulled it out and let it dry, then repeated the process to plasticize the chip. Now, it is strong enough to handle.
I used a dab of cyanoacrylate glue to bond it to a circular piece of metal 5/8″ diameter. It’s cool. It’s unique. It’s a miniature sculpture. It’s typical of me. It’s also my playing piece for board games.
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Your game token has to be the most unique thing I’ve seen in a long time; so simple (looking!) but took a lot of care to pull off.
A lot of nice ideas here; you’re definitely an artist!