Have you ever wanted to add some bling to your LEGO creations? LEGO has a nice but limited selection of chrome elements in chrome-gold, chrome-silver, chrome-antique-brass, chrome-black, chrome-blue, chrome-green and chrome-pink.
But what if you would like to have other elements in chrome besides the ones LEGO offers? Did you know there are several shops that offer custom chromed LEGO elements? The chromers listed below use professional chroming methods to ad that blinding bling to your LEGO creations! 😎
➡ ChromeBricks.com is based in Germany and offers beautiful chrome-gold, chrome-silver and chrome-copper elements. (The chrome-gold bricks are vaporized with genuine gold!) In addition they also carry a selection of custom metallic-silver, metallic-gold, and a special battle-worn color (similar to LEGO’s speckled colors). ChromeBricks also chromes elements made by Brickforge. Check out a sample of their selection in the following video.
➡ Chrome Block City is located in Poland, and carries a large selection of basic and specialty LEGO elements in chrome-gold, chrome-silver and chrome-copper.
➡ Bricks4all is based in the Netherlands, and offers both custom-engraved and chromed parts. They can engrave both text and graphics on almost all LEGO parts. Engraving is done in the font-type, size and color you specify. Currently Bricks4all’s chrome selection includes only chrome-silver, however you can also have your chrome parts engraved.
- Chromed parts are durable and scratch resistant, and would stand up to quite a bit of play. However it is a good idea to store them separate from regular LEGO parts and give them some TLC for long-term shiny-ness.
- Some of the chromers allow special orders, others have a stock of elements you can choose from.
- The chroming process adds a thin layer of chrome over an actual LEGO element. This can have an effect on the ease of pieces fitting together and coming apart. They may require a bit more force then regular LEGO elements.
- Some chromers cover the whole LEGO element with chrome, while others only cover one side. Check with each chromer for details.
- Chroming can only be applied to ABS plastic parts. Most LEGO elements are made of ABS plastic; however some parts, like transparent colors, are not suitable for chroming.
- Only new, undamaged, unscratched parts are worth chroming, as all scratches would remain visible after the chroming process.
- Chrome parts are not cheap! (Expect to pay $2-$5 for small parts, $5-$10 for larger parts.) However if you would like to add some shine and sparkle to your LEGO creation they are totally worth it! Even a little chrome can produce an amazing “wow” effect! (Photo below by bricksonwheels.)
What do you think? Share your thoughts and comments below! 😉