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Is it possible to create an optical illusion on a coin?

something like these?

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Just curious :unsure:

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Yikes!!! :drama: My eyes!! My eyes!!! :unsure:

 

However, I don't see why not. They work on paper as well as monitors after all, why not metal & enamels? Hard enamel would work best, I think and bright colors. I like the last two images best.

 

CF30

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I'm missing something... what's the illusion supposed to be?

LOL

 

The pictures look like they are moving. :unsure:

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I really see the 1st one and 4th one the best.

 

I think you could do them as a photo print. However you may want to first shink the images down to coin size to see if the images would still have the optical illusion effect in a smaller size.

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I think the only option would be to do them as a photo print on the coin - otherwise, doing them with enamel requires that each color be contained by an outlines (which holds the enamel) - this might mess up the illusion. Certainly on the ones where a gradient of color is used... I think those would *have* to be done as photo images. Cool idea to try!

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Nope. :unsure: I'm not seeing any movement.

 

Then again, I've never been able to see those 3d images either.

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I can't open the pic's files so I can only guess at what's going on. Have you seen the back of the GW6 coin? Is that the illusion you're refering to?

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I'm working on something like this already with Castleman... not sure when we're going to have it done, but we've actually chosen one of the above images to give a shot with!

 

Just a little FYI!

 

Naomi :mad:

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The first four would have to be printed I think, but the last one could be done in metal and hard enamel. The trick would be to find an illusion that works with repeated solid colors and use the metal color as one of them. Here's what the last one would like in copper...

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From a technical standpoint it could be done but it must be done as a photo print. These illusions work because of micro-sicades that are made by your eyes at they adjust and scan the environment. (those of you who do not see motion simply make fewer of these eye movements that the rest of us). If you were to do this with the enamel process the raised metal would in fact stop the illusion from working. Also the selection of colors is important. Often you will see that they must be oppositional colors (red/blue).

 

Yeah, I feel like a geek now...but that's what I get for spending 11+ weeks studying these types of illusions and how they are perceived.

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yep there are some processes where that could work. The biggest concern I would have is how big the coin would need to be to acheive the desired effect. I suspect that if the coin where to small the illusion would be lost.

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From a technical standpoint it could be done but it must be done as a photo print. These illusions work because of micro-sicades that are made by your eyes at they adjust and scan the environment. (those of you who do not see motion simply make fewer of these eye movements that the rest of us). If you were to do this with the enamel process the raised metal would in fact stop the illusion from working. Also the selection of colors is important. Often you will see that they must be oppositional colors (red/blue).

 

Yeah, I feel like a geek now...but that's what I get for spending 11+ weeks studying these types of illusions and how they are perceived.

 

Do you think it could be accomplished with gold and a purple/blue hard enamel? It would be flush and have directly opposing/complimentary-contrasting colors.

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Now they're showing up! I wish they hadn't as they just made me nauseaous. Wait! I'm not saying your idea or your art has made me sick. I mean it has but I'm not saying I don't like it.... does that make me a masochist now?

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I had that idea a while back here is one of my examples of Illusion coins.

 

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That would be awesome! That's right along the lines of the thing I was wondering if it would work... I think a coin like this would be a bit hit... and I'm surprised nobody has done one yet...

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Do you think it could be accomplished with gold and a purple/blue hard enamel? It would be flush and have directly opposing/complimentary-contrasting colors.

 

As long as the colors are flush and the pattern isn't broken by something else it should work. I'm very interested in watching this project come to completion. I was planning on something like this but am still working on some personal coin designs so I'm glad someone will beat me to it!

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Here's one idea for an illusion coin I came up with a while back! :huh::):):):huh:

 

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D-man :)

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I had that idea a while back here is one of my examples of Illusion coins.

 

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That would be awesome! That's right along the lines of the thing I was wondering if it would work... I think a coin like this would be a bit hit... and I'm surprised nobody has done one yet...

That one says "keep this coin moving"...I can't STOP it from moving. these images would be useful in banner ads, rather than the really obnoxoius movements they all use now. Even when I look elswhere on the page, my eye is drawn back. I've seen some thay just are so annoying that I have to leave the website.

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I had that idea a while back here is one of my examples of Illusion coins.

 

2716770183_b1280ee6f7.jpg

 

That would be awesome! That's right along the lines of the thing I was wondering if it would work... I think a coin like this would be a bit hit... and I'm surprised nobody has done one yet...

That one says "keep this coin moving"...I can't STOP it from moving. these images would be useful in banner ads, rather than the really obnoxoius movements they all use now. Even when I look elswhere on the page, my eye is drawn back. I've seen some thay just are so annoying that I have to leave the website.

 

OK I am going to go ahead and get this one Moving....like if it ain't already.

I will add another one for the back.

Whatya Think?

 

Edit to add:

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It looks like it has ridges...Geocoins have ridges?

Edited by GEO*Trailblazer 1

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Here's one idea for an illusion coin I came up with a while back! :D:D:D:o:D

 

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D-man :D

 

Freaky! I like it alot! :D

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OK I am going to go ahead and get this one Moving....like if it ain't already.

I will add another one for the back.

Whatya Think?

 

Edit to add:

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It looks like it has ridges...Geocoins have ridges?

 

I'd be in for several of these! Very nice design! :o:D

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Here's one idea for an illusion coin I came up with a while back! :unsure::blink::D:D:)

 

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D-man :D

 

I'd buy a couple of these!

 

A friend has the photo of the girl with four eyes hanging in his kitchen. This one would need permission from the artist for the use of that picture because of copyright issues.

Edited by Eartha

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