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Well, probably not. But you can imagine being the wealthiest person in the world with your own stockpile of gold bars.

Make these faux gold bullion bars to impress your friends when they come over to watch the big game on your small screen TV.

Probably worth not more than the cardboard they are made from, they afford loads of opportunity on what you can do with them by having a few around. Of course, in all financial matters, seek professional advice.

Step 1: Box It Up to Go...

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These gold bars are based on the London Good Delivery Bar. The "standard" or what is used in real gold transactions.

The bar cast in ingot form has the recommended dimensions of 9 x 2 inches for the small face, 10 x 3 inches for the larger face, by 1 1/2 inch thick. (The real deal is metric...) The sloping sides of the form is to be able to remove the cooled poured molten metal ingot from the mold. The weight of the bar, around 27 lbs. is not imprinted on the bar because it is checked and verified exactly during each transaction with the bar.

Mark out the dimensions of all the faces to make a folded cardboard box. You don't have to be super accurate, just enough to mimic the final shape. Use a metal straightedge to help bend the box folds along a line.

The interior is built up by layering and gluing in pieces of scrap cardboard. An extra layer or two of cardboard helps stiffen up and reinforce the one layer for the face.

Before you close up the box, consider if you want to embed any weight into the gold bar for a more realistic gold bar feel. You can seal in a bag of sand, rocks, whatever.

I paper mached any raw corrugated cardboard edges so I would have a smooth continuous surface for the gold bar.

Coat overall with several thin layers of glue, allowing it to dry in between coatings. It will get an extra smooth surface to better look like metal when painted. You may want to sand lightly between coats to get rid of anything rough like bumps from the paper or glue.

StringGoddess7 months ago
This could be a great accessory to the right Halloween costume.
caitlinsdad (author)  StringGoddess7 months ago
The real thing is nice to have as an accessory right for any time of the year.
Alex in NZ7 months ago
These look amazing! The "scratch with a pen" trick for getting the stamp marks is brilliant. Thank you for sharing.
caitlinsdad (author)  Alex in NZ7 months ago
Thanks. It was something I figured out that would be safe for kids of all ages to do.
RaymondR67 months ago
Did you know that there is an element that has 99% of the density of gold? And that there were counterfeit bars made with that element and covered with real gold, then use as real bars for monetary transactions? I leave this up to the curious to search the real story and discover what element it was.
Wolfram /Tungsten has a density around 19
caitlinsdad (author)  RaymondR67 months ago
Gold pressed Latium? Greed is eternal.
darus677 months ago
I was mildly disappointed to find that there was no chocolate involved in this project.
caitlinsdad (author)  darus677 months ago
Ah, Mr. Wonka, you can turn that dream into reality too.