Artfully balanced mold designs
What is a mold design?
Clay poker chips are manufactured using a compression-molding process. In simplistic
terms, two sides of a metallic mold cavity are slammed together like a sandwich
to make the coin-shaped poker chip. There is a lot more to it with edge spots,
but that’s the general idea.
The form of the chip created during this compression-molding process is determined
by the shape of the mold cavity. Most casinos have their own proprietary molds,
originally used as a security feature, but used more today for branding and
style. Some have the casino’s name engraved into the outer track of the
chip. Others have unique geometric designs around the track of the mold. Additionally,
many design elements can be worked into the mold design to enhance the beauty
of a chip. Concentric circles can be added around the track of the chip. The
inlay area can be deeply depressed from the rest of the surface of the chip.
Pretty much anything the casino wants to do.
Mold design takes a back seat in the consumer poker chip market
In the consumer poker chip world, chip mold design is fairly lacking. Molds
are fairly expensive to produce, so most all consumer chips share a single,
generic mold. Quite frequently, the only thing that makes one chip different
from the next is the inlay design, and of course the inlay design is completely
unrelated to the mold design.
Our philosophy on mold design
The 3-dimensional form of a poker chip is a critically overlooked, yet vitally
important design element. Just imagine if car companies totally ignored the
contours and overall body shape of their cars, and focused on just the color
and the dashboard panels. It’s no different with any other product. If
the form is uninspired, the product is not as good as it could be.
Our aspirations are to make the most stunning poker chips on the market, and
we begin this pursuit by investing in the design and creation of our own proprietary
mold designs. The inlay design and the mold design are done in concert, as well
as the base and edge spot colors of a chip line.
The Paradise Mold
Our Le Paulson Noir chip line (discontinued) utilizes our artistic and
intricate paradise mold design, which was selected from more than a dozen
entries into a mold design contest on a popular chip collector community
website. The mold features four repeating series of scroll artwork and
pineapples, a smooth inlay surface, and a slightly textured, cross-hatched
clay chip surface.
The Cigar & Snifter Mold
utilizes our Cigar & Snifter mold, what some insiders in the poker
chip industry consider the finest mold ever produced. The engraving design
features an intricate cigar and snifter design, repeated 8 times around
the track of the chip. Two concentric circles frame this repeating design,
one inside and one outside.
The innovation that really sets the InPlay Clay line apart from every
poker chip in the world is the innovative smooth feel of the track and
edge of the chip combined with the popular textured, cross-hatched inlay
surface. Unlike all other clay chips in the world, which come out of the
factory with a rough surface, the Cigar & Snifter has an unmistakable
smooth feel. It feels just like a chip that has been in use in a casino
for 3-5 years, exactly what home users have been screaming about for years.
Cigar & Snifter Mold
The Courts & Numerals Mold
Our old Modern Clay poker chip line (discontinued) utilizes our classically
bold Courts & Numerals mold design, which features a suction-inducing
inlay cavity (a Vegas secret that keeps the chips stacked even when craps
dice are flying everywhere), and a popular textured, cross-hatched inlay
Courts & Numerals Mold