a guy i know is a metalworking guy (???) and he’s casting me a custom set of goetic sigils (yes, all 72 of them) in 3/16" x 2" diameter metal.
the designs will be set into the plates themselves, and not raised off the surface. they will not be engraved, but professionally cast with molds made just for this project.
some modifications to the metals have been made according to rudd’s version of the goetia (skinner & rankine version) and my own assignment of the 6 martian spirits to another planet. this is due to the fact that the single spirit listed as a knight under saturn most likely fits in with the rest of the dukes, considering they ride a mount as the rest of the dukes do, and the translation listing them as a knight is vague at best.
moreover, the seal of solomon on the brass vessel has the sigils of mars and saturn on it, which could be interpreted to mean that these two plants (i.e, metals) are used as wards to contain the spirits within the vessel. thus, it seems reasonable that their sigils not be made of these metals.
the actual metals used, listed by planet, will be:
Luna: Silver (or more likely a low-silver/zinc alloy to reduce cost)
Mercury: Aluminium (a common substitute as mercury is a liquid)
Sol: Brass (as real gold is too expensive, and brass works very well)
if you have a copy of the goetia of dr. rudd, or the complete magician’s tables, you can check the appendices and table “M18” to see how, and why the changes to the spirit ranks have been made.
by the same token, i doubt it matters a great deal as most of us get along just fine using paper sigils:)
personally, i’m having all the seals made as above, and a stainless (i.e, iron) box made along with them in which to keep the sigils. the seal of solomon will also be cast in a lead plate mounted in some fashion onto the box (either inside or out… haven’t designed it yet).
alternatives include having all the seals cast in the metal of your choice.
personally, i am not making any money off this, and i will direct you personally (via PM) to my metalworker’s etsy store where you can contact him about this personally. i am awaiting a quote from him regarding the metals as per the above, and i will post here once i get word (maybe a couple days). obviously, if you want different metals, the price will be different, but i’ll leave you to discuss that with him.
PM me if you are interested and i’ll forward his details. to put this project in comparison, i’ve seen 2" and 3" metal discs (a fraction of an inch thick, like a metal wafer) with poor quality engraved seals selling for thousands of dollars. the benefit of using molds is that the process can be repeated, and the more people who purchase this set (or any part of it), the cheaper the per-unit cost becomes. with hand-engraving, there will always be the same labour cost per unit, and thus no bulk discount.
kind regards, james.