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Jewel-like tokens for use with board games or anything else. A classy upgrade from plastic chips, wood cubes, glass beads, & such.
Jewel-like tokens for use with board games or anything else. A classy upgrade from plastic chips, wood cubes, glass beads, & such.
411 backers pledged $25,183 to help bring this project to life.

Post-Kickstarter Pre-orders @ Etsy

Since roughly half of my backers either have received their PennyGems or will do so in the near future, I'm now providing a nice clear answer for you to give your friends if they ask "How can I get some?" I have added Quartet, Prism, Rainbow, Double Rainbow, and Full Spectrum PennyGem packages to my Etsy store.

As the site listings clearly state, these products are backordered. Etsy buyers won't get any until all the Kickstarter orders have shipped. Once all of you have yours, then I'll start filling orders I get through the Etsy site in the order in which they were received. 

At the moment, the Etsy listings do not include International packages. I'll add those sometime soon, but I need to spend some time re-calculating shipping costs. 

I don't expect to do a "Color of Magic" package as such. Instead, octarine PennyGems will be available as a separate item. The octarine vinyl is about three times the cost of the smooth silver, but the vinyl is not the biggest cost of a PennyGem, so, again, I need to spend a few minutes dancing with numbers to figure out what the 'retail' cost of 20 octarine PennyGems is going to be. Stay tuned.


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    1. Lincoln Damerst
      on June 19, 2012

      Dave, I don't know how to write you directly through this, but you do not need to send additional labels. All will be fine as is, I was just wondering what happened with the inscription.

    2. Dave Howell 6-time creator on June 17, 2012

      Thank you, and no, that's not what I decided. I just sent you the wrong labels. I will send replacements to you some time in the next few days.

    3. Lincoln Damerst
      on June 17, 2012

      They look amazing by the way.

    4. Lincoln Damerst
      on June 17, 2012

      So, ultimately you decided we would get all of the silver stickers with your company name? That's how mine arrived and I had specified I would prefer them on 4 with 16 without. I'm not truly averse to them having the inscription but I was given the option and I chose one way. I too am an artist and much of my work goes unsigned, mostly because I don't like defacing elegant design.I only wish that I'd either been informed that they would be this way or never given the option in the first place.

    5. Dave Howell 6-time creator on May 31, 2012

      Yes, they specifically do offer a Canadian shipping option. "International" is obviously not the most accurate way to describe them. (I swear, I really don't think of Canada as some kind of U.S. extension!). Maybe I should call the "with pennies included" packages "intercontinental" ones....

    6. Alexander Keith on May 31, 2012

      Are the etsy non-international penny games available for order in Canada?

    7. Dave Howell 6-time creator on May 30, 2012

      @Lograh: Yea, like so many objects I've fabricated over the years, PennyGems look so very "manufactured," don't they? I'm sure your friends can't even suspect that you put them together yourself until you tell them. They look like they had to come from some two story tall injection molding Wonka-matic hydraulic machine, and go whizzing around a factory on conveyor belts or the like.
         Hopefully, this also helps illustrate why, to me, PennyGems are very personal, and very much an artistic expression. I absolutely understand why many backers see them otherwise, as impersonal 'branded' objects. After all, one of my goals is to have the end product look as un-hand-made as possible. :)

    8. Dave Howell 6-time creator on May 30, 2012

      @William: I need to once again thank PlastiCreations, too. This month, as I've continued to work on these, I've come to realize that PennyGems _cost_ what they do because of the owner's willingness to let me have a key to her company, and come in after hours all by myself to make her printer slave away unsupervised. But more importantly, PennyGems wouldn't exist at all if I hadn't learned so much about making domed labels during my time as an employee. PlastiCreations is one of the oldest domed-label manufacturers in the country, and probably the world, and, unlike the majority of other companies that currently offer domed labels, it's almost the only thing they do. I can't even imagine how many millions of labels they've made over the years. To get PennyGems to be the dazzling and brilliant objects they are meant pushing the envelope on the technology. If I hadn't already known so much about what's easy, what's hard, and how to mitigate the myriad ways that the process can fail, I don't think I could have done it.

    9. William on May 30, 2012

      As he said in update #9
      If he was getting paid properly for his time and having to pay for the equipment, the cost of the penny gems would be far more, at least 70 cents each but perhaps all the way up to $3 each.

      So we are incredibly lucky to get in on something like this for the cost that we are paying. Thanks Dave for all your hard work!

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      Lograh on May 30, 2012

      Great read, thanks Julia for the writeup. And thanks to Dave for letting you see the process! I had no idea there was so much manual labor involved in these. Pushing the tray through the doming machine by hand? CRAZY! And I'm impressed with how many parts in the process he had to create himself.

      I already appreciated the fantastic end result (they are lovely), but knowing the process makes it that much more impressive.

    11. William on May 30, 2012

      A very nice read, thanks Julia!

    12. Julia Gosztyla Ziobro
      on May 30, 2012

      I updated my long "How They're Made" post to include this information: Cheers!

    13. W.PURSEL
      on May 30, 2012

      Thanks so much... I knew that after getting some, I would just want more.