The Crossroads of the Aether
I feel your pain. All of mine where designed to be higher-end and cast in metal or metalized resin.
The path chosen got the winner out quickly and at very low cost. I bought 10 and have been giving them away to other citizens.
Nothing was lost on my end - I enjoyed the work immensely and was inspired to do design work for the first time in ages . . .
Impressive! Would that include a bit of black enamel to make the lettering pop and maybe a sealing coat? Or just the casting?
I would pay 8 bucks for a "real" pin in a heartbeat. (Of course, the shipping costs would make me howl - but I would pay anyway).
I wonder if the SpE shop would order 200 from you if there was a big enough clamor from the citizenry.
I'd also like to personally invite everyone who participated in this competition (whether by submitting a design or merely by being engaged in the process) to join the Secret Steam Society. It's technically a "private" group (it is a secret society after all) but all who apply for membership will be accepted.
Congratulations again to the winning design!
Cheers to one and all!