Similar to wallets, NFTs play a delicate balance between convenience and ownership (see custodial vs non-custodial). In this case, some of the most popular platforms aren’t really as decentralized as you’d think.

Wanna immortalize your artwork as a 1/1 NFT? Looking to launch the next big collectible? You’ve come to the right place. In order to create your very own NFT, you must first “Mint” it on a smart contract.

Minting: This term stems from the “minting” of money, it’s a fancy way of describing publishing something new on the blockchain, when you mint an item (like a JPG, Article, or Coin), you’re introducing data on the chain, and making sure it stays there forever.

There are a few different approaches to minting your creations, most NFT marketplaces will offer you their own twist on minting. To help illustrate this, here’s a few examples from the most popular ones:

Its biggest limitation is not that obvious at first glance, Opensea’s contract can sometimes be a bit restrictive when it comes to what you can do with your NFT, such as displaying it on other marketplaces. Still, this one’s the most popular option, so it’s usually compatible with most web3 services.

<aside> ⚠️ A quick note on Opensea: If you can afford to pay the gas fee, it’s extremely adviceable to freeze your NFT’s metadata, that way your creation is truly stored on-chain, and not in Opensea’s servers. Some artists from restricted locations have had trouble with OS de-listing their creations with no warning just because US law forbids them from selling their products there. ****


How to Mint an NFT on Zora

A Quick Note on Lazy Minting

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