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bump. i was going to take these to a geo-event and then forgot and left them at home! i think these sig items are really cool but i don't see very many people making them anymore.

 

anyone still finding these in caches?

 

lara

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anyone still finding these in caches?

 

lara

 

I've handed several of mine out to various geofriends and folks at events, and I recently found a signature domino and 'baseball' card during a day of caching. I've found a few beaded bracelets and earrings put in caches, as well, but it's a rare occurrence when I find anything like that. I'm hoping that by spreading my tokens far and wide, it will inspire other people to do something similar.

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Oh, and one of my next hides will be a signature swap. Finders don't have to trade sig items, but I'd like it if they did :)

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I have only just started geocaching and decided I wanted a signature item. Having a little silver putty and a lot of imagination I got started.

 

Well I have to say what I produced was not what was in my head.

 

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Even after giving the spiders a lick of purple paint to make them show up more this has just not worked. Ah well back to the drawing board. This thread has however, given me lots of ideas.

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I decided to have a go at making my own signature items. Unfortunately my imagination was greater than my skill and this was what I ended up with.

 

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Back to the drawing board I guess. But at least this thread has given me lots of ideas.

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quote name='arachnyds web' timestamp='1420062128' post='5459835']

I decided to have a go at making my own signature items. Unfortunately my imagination was greater than my skill and this was what I ended up with.

 

Back to the drawing board I guess. But at least this thread has given me lots of ideas.

 

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Perhaps a smoother medium that doesn't crack as much. Once dry, you could paint the whole thing with acrylics...perhaps paint the whole thing in black. Let dry, then paint the spider indents with another colour - silver, gold or red perhaps. And write your trailname 'arachnyds' with a permanent sharpie pen - in silver or gold.

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You are almost there. smile.gif

 

Perhaps a smoother medium that doesn't crack as much. Once dry, you could paint the whole thing with acrylics...perhaps paint the whole thing in black. Let dry, then paint the spider indents with another colour - silver, gold or red perhaps. And write your trailname 'arachnyds' with a permanent sharpie pen - in silver or gold.

 

Thanks for the suggestions. I am looking at the idea of cold casting with resin. See what sort of interesting results I can get with that. My insets are designes, I have sent off for the cold resin and some spider charms for embedding. Should at least be a fun experiment and I might even come out of it with fun and useable sig items.

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We found real bug (in acrylic) keychains at a dollar store once.

A big difference (saving four bucks!) price-wise from some sites we've seen.

Turned out to be popular, we went back and bought the lot.

Maybe you have something similar near you?

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uh guys, a quick question. How do you insert a pictures url if you have it saved to your computer?
First you upload the picture to a server somewhere. For example, you could upload it to an archived geocache listing. Then you use the URL for the uploaded copy.

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(hopefully this works)

 

These are my new and improved signature items. I just get bottle caps and glue these into them. These ones are not glued yet. Also, the cutting job on these two are pretty bad, but the others are a little bit smoother.

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I'm trying again to make my own wooden nickels, using the "Geocaching wooden nickels" project idea online. Each takes several minutes to make. These are coated with acrylic craft spray, so they might be better in caches than plain wood.

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I placed the handful of custom wooden nickels in caches :anicute:. Now on to some more ideas.

 

This weekend I saw a guy making distressed steel keychain fobs, in various "zombie" designs. So I tried that, using aluminum pieces. He was stamping them, I had better luck just hand-engraving them. Around my neighborhood, there are more zombies than in most other places, so a lot of people like zombie stuff. But I also made a couple of non-zombie items.

 

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These could be attached to a backpack, or used as pendants or key fobs. The larger piece may work well as a TB attachment. The "TFTC" pendant has "DNF" on the back. :anibad:

 

This was an interesting challenge. I'm getting ready to use computer designed versions of these phrases in my acrylic keychains. Then people won't have to put up with my handwriting. :P

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So tried my hand at "homemade swag" seeing as many people seem to like to find it...for my own sanity I tried something simple and familiar for now. Crochet. Found a nice butterfly patter to go with my username and after a few duds managed to make something passable.

 

Good homemade swag? or silly?

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So tried my hand at "homemade swag" seeing as many people seem to like to find it...for my own sanity I tried something simple and familiar for now. Crochet. Found a nice butterfly patter to go with my username and after a few duds managed to make something passable.

 

Good homemade swag? or silly?

 

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I really like that it's handmade, personalized to fit your trailname and packaged in a labelled little baggie. A knitted/crocheted item is quite unique. Nicely done.

 

 

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I really like that it's handmade, personalized to fit your trailname and packaged in a labelled little baggie. A knitted/crocheted item is quite unique. Nicely done.

 

Thanks L0ne.R!

 

I put out a few new caches and put a few of these out in them and the FTF and STF both mentioned they took one and seemed to like them. I may switch it up in the future but right now I am enjoying making them.

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There's an annual Mega Event in Georgia, and the next one's theme is "Steampunk". So I looked up some craft projects in that theme, and this "watch" seemed like something I could make. I couldn't find all the exact things the tutorial used, but I made do. Plus I made a little variety of styles, some stamped with cardinal directions. I think they're pretty sweet!

 

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The original project is an "old watch" and I mostly stuck with that blueprint, except now this is a compass. But with a watch stem. That's just crazy!! :o

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Copper tag keychains

 

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these are great!

Thanks!

 

I would love to find on of those in a cache, are ya coming to Northern Michigan anytime soon?? :lol:

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I'm kickin' these things up a notch. They're still "steampunk keychains", but I think they're starting to look awesome. And now there's a dragon. Oh yeah.

 

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The copper tags will get a patina over time, which I think will be pretty cool.

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I'm kickin' these things up a notch. They're still "steampunk keychains", but I think they're starting to look awesome. And now there's a dragon. Oh yeah.

 

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The copper tags will get a patina over time, which I think will be pretty cool.

 

Great photo of the swag. The copper gives the swag a steampunk look. I'd be thrilled to see this geoswag in a cache. Do you baggie them up and label them?

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Do you baggie them up and label them?

These will be placed in individual ziplock bags. Although they are "KU" stamped, I think there should be a label or card included. Maybe (to keep with the theme), there could be a fancy little label like

"Kunarion Presents:

Admiral Horace Birdwhistle-Dankworth's Gibecrakes" :anicute:

 

Besides a label, there's yet another feature I will add to them. Good thing I have til next October to work on them. :anibad:

(Steampunk-themed cache Event happens in October 2016)

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Do you baggie them up and label them?

These will be placed in individual ziplock bags. Although they are "KU" stamped, I think there should be a label or card included. Maybe (to keep with the theme), there could be a fancy little label like

"Kunarion Presents:

Admiral Horace Birdwhistle-Dankworth's Gibecrakes" :anicute:

 

Besides a label, there's yet another feature I will add to them. Good thing I have til next October to work on them. :anibad:

(Steampunk-themed cache Event happens in October 2016)

 

These are amazing. You should look into laser etching or sand etching the tags. You could take it up a notch in the coolness factor. Though the etching would get lost once the copper turns green so you would have to coat it to prevent that.

 

To save on costs you could also play around with a can of spray lacquer and a stencil. Stencil out a steampunk design and spray it with lacquer. The copper will only tarnish where there is no lacquer. Acid etching is also a low cost way to etch the tag and can also be done at home. Never tried this though but I have seen some awesome results. It is time consuming though.

 

I have never seen copper dog tags before. Are they self made?

 

Good luck with the competition.

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I have never seen copper dog tags before. Are they self made?

I found the tags on ebay. They're a little pricey, but the best deal I could find for copper tags. Except I see some gardening tags that might do. I have thought of acid etch, that would be great! And I might have access to a laser engraver at times.

 

Don't tell anybody :anicute:, but I have it on good authority that one or two of the completed "Admiral Horace Birdwhistle-Dankworth's Gibecrakes" are in caches in the wilds, info label and all.

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I have never seen copper dog tags before. Are they self made?

I found the tags on ebay. They're a little pricey, but the best deal I could find for copper tags. Except I see some gardening tags that might do. I have thought of acid etch, that would be great! And I might have access to a laser engraver at times.

 

Don't tell anybody :anicute:, but I have it on good authority that one or two of the completed "Admiral Horace Birdwhistle-Dankworth's Gibecrakes" are in caches in the wilds, info label and all.

 

the aged lobster clasps are awesome! did you find those on ebay too? the only ones i ever found with just ugly stainless steel.

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the aged lobster clasps are awesome! did you find those on ebay too? the only ones i ever found with just ugly stainless steel.

I found those on close-out at a craft store. The aged bronze clasps on ebay are "out of stock" when you try to select them, except for a couple of listings which are suspect. :anicute:

 

To see one selection, search ebay for this:

Metal Swivel Clips Hooks Clasps Lobster end 1.5" long 39x18mm Several Colors

 

or this:

25 LARGE SWIVEL CLIPS 1.5" long Antique COPPER Finish Clasps 39mm x 18mm

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Here's my 1st batch of homemade wooden nickels. As evident in the photos, my technique still needs a lot of work. <_<

The one is the center turned out better than the rest. The border and the text on all these is dark green, although in the photo they appear much browner.

 

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My signature items are custom dogtags with images I've taken. The unique aspect is that each image is taken somewhere in the park where I leave the item in the first place. In the event that a cache isn't in a park or scenic area, I leave one of the images I've taken within the city or locale the cache is in. I leave very, very few of those though, because small+ caches aren't super common outside of parks.

 

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My signature items are custom dogtags with images I've taken. The unique aspect is that each image is taken somewhere in the park where I leave the item in the first place. In the event that a cache isn't in a park or scenic area, I leave one of the images I've taken within the city or locale the cache is in. I leave very, very few of those though, because small+ caches aren't super common outside of parks.

 

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Really cool. Very personalized. If I found one I would love to know that you took the photo. Do you label them?

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Here's my version of a wooden coin/token/nickel. It's that same size and thickness as a regular coin. The wood is cherry and the image is laser etched into the wood. I think they turned out awesome. They look much better in person.

 

Let me know what you think.

 

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Very cool!

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i used to make these and am seriously contemplating making them again for a renewed interest in caching. hopefully i can find caches big enough to hold them.

 

the arrowheads are about 1.5" long.

 

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Really beautiful!

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I placed the handful of custom wooden nickels in caches :anicute:. Now on to some more ideas.

 

This weekend I saw a guy making distressed steel keychain fobs, in various "zombie" designs. So I tried that, using aluminum pieces. He was stamping them, I had better luck just hand-engraving them. Around my neighborhood, there are more zombies than in most other places, so a lot of people like zombie stuff. But I also made a couple of non-zombie items.

 

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These could be attached to a backpack, or used as pendants or key fobs. The larger piece may work well as a TB attachment. The "TFTC" pendant has "DNF" on the back. :anibad:

 

This was an interesting challenge. I'm getting ready to use computer designed versions of these phrases in my acrylic keychains. Then people won't have to put up with my handwriting. :P

I am a huge zombie fan...love these!

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Earlier this year I made another batch of personal signature tokens. Here's a photo of all my designs over the years. The new sig tokens are the rectangular ones in the bottom right corner, with "niraD" written in purple.

 

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They're made from polymer clay (I use Premo brand) using a technique called caning or canework.

 

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With my 10th year Geocaching anniversary coming in a couple of months, I thought I'd make a few new Cache Zippers.  These are all numbered, and of course all different.  And they have a tag (unactivated) that's trackable on Geocaching.com! 

 

Because of a pirate-themed Mega Event this fall, these are pirate keychains.  I'll drop them in select caches.

 

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