We are creating stunning rupees that will make great ornaments, cosplay props, LARP, etc. To make the project feasible we need to buy in bulk. Our goal is to create around 100 rupees. The rupees will be to scale and of a fixed size. Limited quantity in the colors: blue, red, green, yellow, orange, purple, black.
We use custom molds made from silicon to cast and dye each rupee. It takes 12 hours for the polymers to harden, at which point the rupee is ready. We have created a few prototypes which we will improve upon until the rupee is right, since this our first attempt we will continue to experiment over the next 30 days. You can see pictures to follow our progress as we improve. If we get the full amount we can buy the materials in bulk and reuse the mold to create around 100 rupees in 30 days. Dimensions are 5 x 2.5 x 1.25 cm.
If we are successful with this project, the next round may include glow in the dark rupees or rupee key chains!
If you have questions feel free to ask. To see pictures check us out at:
Update on Progress for colors.
here is a better picture of the silver.
Jan 16th - The glow materials wont be arriving till Monday at the end of the kickstarter, and I was only able to get a select color variety at this time.But I do intend to keep searching for new ways to get the other colors I wish to make. It may just take some time. So in the mean time Look what I made!
January 15th part 2 - First off, can't believe it is still the 15th. It has been a long day. I managed to perfect the mold process and with some help from a friend was able to make two molds tonight from the the new rupee 2.0. I am liking it a lot better than the original my self! I will try to cast a rupee over night and see what happens tomorrow. :)
January 15th part 1 - I guess that took longer than expected. so not part two too jan 14th :). but as of this morning i have almost remade a final prototype to be molded. had some minor holes in the final piece but decided to try out the pressure chamber to iron out the kinks before I spent a few hours patching it up. The mold looked good this morning and I am making my first pull from it. more to come later today.
January 14th part 1- SO a most unfortunate thing has occurred. Since leaving the mold to set overnight in the pressure chamber i discovered today that what I concluded as moisture got into the chamber some how causing the mold to not set. but the unfortunate part is that the master i had just finished spending 8 hours sanding to perfection has literally melted. The primer I used melted form the chemicals overnight and i cant find anything on the internet that seems to explain this. So with this bit of a set back I am off to restart this build lol. My adventure begins!
January 13th - As we get closer to the end date the more I want to show you all the progress! So for today's stardate entry; just finished placing the mold box for the first production rupee into the pressure chamber. now to wait 5hours for it to harden. I really suck at this waiting thing :). Fingers crossed it works out right so I can start making some of these babies for all of you. On a sad note, I have discovered that since i live in Canada, all glow in the dark materials in a non water based solution are considered hazardous materials and can not be shipped here. So I will be using my google fu to find alternative delivery methods for the recently unlocked rupees.
January 12th - With our deadline fast approaching I have gotten in gear and sorted out all but one of the colors I will be providing for the rupees. here are some super cool photos of the progress! enjoy.
As well, I have done some stress testing on the materials I will be using for this project. I chose a resin that would be hard and scratch resistant to reflect the crystal like features of the rupees we all know and love. But today I discovered that they do have one weakness. Tile floors! These babies should under normal circumstances take the every day abuse one would expect from a rupee. But if dropped just the right way on a granite floor they have a tendency to chip. I feel the need to mention this for full disclosure on the products I will be making in the near future so that both you and I can be happy with what I made :)
January 8th - after completing the pressure chamber (pics can be found at the Facebook link below) I can now start making the final molds for the rupees. Still sorting out the purple and black semi-transparent colors and almost done the fluorescent colors. Will post updated pictures in a day or two. Still using the old molds for the color tests.
January 4th - i have figured out a few more colors. thinking of offering the darker versions as well for non Zelda related stuff. still a lot of work ahead. You can see the dark blue and dark red on the far right of the image.
Due to the overwhelming support that you have shown us, we have decided to introduce some stretch goals. There may be more as the project progresses, but we wanted to thank you all for the support you have shown thus far.
$1500.00 –UNLOCKED Fluorescent Colors (See Picture) – We currently have the capability to produce these fluorescent colors. If we hit this stretch goal we will include these in the final survey for color selection. Current colors in fluorescent are: -Blue -Green -Orange -Red -Yellow
Note: Some of the fluorescent colors will not be semi-transparent.
$2500.00 – Glow in the Dark – UNLOCKED Don’t you just hate it when you lose your money? Now it’s just a matter of turning off the light! If we hit this stretch goal we will include some glow in the dark colors in the final survey for the color selection. (Due to the large number of pledges, all glow in the dark rupee orders will be processed last in order for me to sort out the color and glow issues that are bound to ensue.)
Risks and challenges
We have some prototypes but this is our first attempt at items like this. We have created amazing high quality props before, so we will work hard to make a quality product. Previous molds have been created for non-transparent items such as a helmet, an axe, a lego storm trooper costume and more.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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