Thanks for the replies everyone. Some interesting ideas there.
What are you getting for quotes? 20 pieces is a pretty small order for something that, if mass produced, might cost $20-30 retail if done in plated steel.
That's the thing. One quote I got was like $1100 for one piece. I know there are cheaper places out there, I just haven't found them yet.
Looking at the design, I might say another process could be better suited. have you considered lathing each piece from something (even solid aluminum would look sweet), then welding and grinding them.
Well I don't have a shop like that at my disposal or any welding knowledge. When I did that first one I posted, I was still in school, and we did a lost foam cast in our foundry. Now I can't really lathe metal or weld everything. I'd rather pay someone else to do it.
So I'd like to have it all metal and either made from a mold made from an SLA or have the wax 3D printed itself. And silver plate would make it somewhat valuable. Now I just need a place.