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BadChile

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I'll just say for those of you getting into the hobby and considering a China Clay chip, just skip that step and go straight to casino chips and then add an inlay when you get the funds. Because working with Gear was amazing - he was patient and understanding of my questions which he likely gets asked a dozen times a day, willing to provide constructive feedback, and saved me from a boneheaded measurement error that would have rendered the inlay for my quarter too large. The red of the background of my inlay matches the chip better than the original, for example. After spending six months procuring chips (players wanted town high school colors for the chips) and working with a friend who runs his own graphics company and lots of serious scrubbing of the Eldorado chips I've finally got a workable set. And while this was my first custom inlay experience, it won't be my last. Already have a few ideas in mind (particularly with some orange Lucky Derby's).
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BadChile

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BadChile- Did you do a full inlay replacement or a new label over the existing one? Either way, they look great!
[Edit: By "too large" below I mean "too thick" - laminated labels over the existing inlay would result in spinners]

Thanks for the kind words! The inlays are unlaminated, matte applied directly over the existing inlay. To help make my decision I ordered a full sample set (both black and white) from Gear and broke out the chips and then did a bunch of experiments.

The easy decision was laminated vs. unlaminated - the laminated labels were too large to fit over the existing inlay and I found that no matter how hard I tried I couldn't easily remove the existing inlay. With six racks of chips as I have 29 players on the invite list and regularly host two table cash games with nine players a table I decided I just didn't feel like doing surgery on 600 chip or more if I end up expanding the set - plus I figure this might retain some value on the existing chips if the league falls apart.

Once I chose unlaminated I did a few experiments on both laminated and unlaminated chips. The most telling was dropping the chip in a beer for five minutes and then getting a little aggressive with the chips. Picked at the edges with my fingernail, rubbed my fingers over the inlay, splashed the pot a bunch of times, took a box cutter to the inlay and tried to remove it. What I found was that the unlaminated held up pretty well. If I had the room on the chip I wouldn't hesitate to spend the premium for laminated but for the situation I'm pretty confident the unlaminated inlays will hold up for a good chunk of time.

One other thing - I do lots of soldering of electronics and while I have a pretty steady hand I'm also in my mid-40s so I'm not steady handed like the days of old. But I found using a 3.5 magnifier lense on my safety glasses and bracing the application hand on the table was crucial for alignment.

Anyway, thanks for the kind words, and like I said, I'm already planning my next project.
 
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Once I chose unlaminated I did a few experiments on both laminated and unlaminated chips. The most telling was dropping the chip in a beer for five minutes and the getting a little aggressive with the chips. Picked at the edges with my fingernail, rubbed my fingers over the inlay, splashed the pot a bunch of times, took a box cutter to the inlay and tried to remove it. What I found was that the unlaminated held up pretty well. If I had the room on the chip I wouldn't hesitate to spend the premium for laminated but for the situation I'm pretty confident the unlaminated inlays will hold up for a good chunk of time.
I thought I was crazy when I put sample sets to a stress test before making my first purchase. I soaked them in water for an hour, then threw them into a mixer on high-speed. Most noise my house had ever heard, but told me volumes about what chips will stand up to 1000 years of splashed pots.
 
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