Ever since the first season of The Mandalorian, beskar has become one of the most coveted props for Star Wars fans. How popular? We even 3D printed our own (very cool lukeing but obviousLuke rough quality). When Rob from the Jedi Temple Archives Podcast sent us each a Saberforge beskar ingot as a gift, we needed to thank him somehow (and #outgenerous him yet again). Then it hit us: a way to properly display such an awesome item would be cool! And what is more of a perfect pairing to beskar than a camtono.
The camtono (a container which we first saw being held by Willrow Hood in The Empire Strikes Back and then again in The Return of the Jedi) is a type of portable safe that holds valuables. As we see in Chapter 3, it is packed with beskar as payment for the child. We got a great visualization of how the camtono looks and operates, as well as the coloration and the weathering. We were excited to turn it into a holder.
We envisioned the holder as full camtono with an angled wedge carved out of it, which would act as the resting area. We figured out a size to weight solution for the base that we felt would support the solid metal ingot, and then we went to work on the lid. After a width adjustment, we were happy with the final pieces. We assembled the base and lid, and got to work on the weathering. The finishing touch was the foam paper button pad.
Rob was quite happy with the surprise gift, and we have since produced two more so that we can display our beskar properly as well! Bonus? It also holds mobile phone :)