The Médaille Coloniale -- the French Colonial Medal -- is a prime uniform decoration for any good 19th-century soldier. Adding some campaign clasps to a recreationist friend's medal seemed like an excellent project to test out the Shapeways workflow, from reference images to final prop.
This instructable is mostly concerned with the method(s) of working in scale from photograph to final item.
He takes you through the following steps:
Gathering reference material and processing it in Photoshop.
Setting up your working size in Carrara Studio.
Designing the clasps.
Checking if the model meets the Shapeways design rules.