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May 4, 2023

"Moonglow" Bottle Caps

The glass cabochons I made as SWAG that I can put into smaller geocaches were boring.  Here is my second attempt at making small SWAG.  I've seen other DIY SWAG where people have glued charms or other things like logo images into bottle caps.  Here is my take on the bottle cap medallion.

.Alcohol ink on foil, adhered to a cardstock base and sealed with a water-based epoxy substitute and resin sticker on a black craft bottlecap.  I made 24 of these.

Where these ended up:

1 of 24:  Pending

2 of 24:  Pending

3 of 24:  Pending

4 of 24:  5/20/2023 in GC8H1BT

5 of 24:  Pending

6 of 24:  Pending

7 of 24:  Pending

8 of 24:  Pending

9 of 24:  Pending

10 of 24:  Pending

11 of 24:  Pending

12 of 24:  Pending

13 of 24:  Pending

14 of 24:  Pending

15 of 24:  Pending

16 of 24:  Pending

17 of 24:  Pending

18 of 24:  Pending

19 of 24:  Pending

20 of 24:  Pending

21 of 24:  Pending

22 of 24:  Pending

23 of 24:  Pending

24of 24:  Pending

Alcohol Ink Jenga Block Charms

Still playing with alcohol inks.  

Alcohol ink on craft plastic on a gold metallic painted Jenga block.  Sealed with kamar varnish and polycrylic to make it water-resistant.  With an eyescrew and jump ring for hanging.  

I made 12 of these.

What geocaches did these end up in?

1 of 12: Pending

2 of 12: Pending

3 of 12: Pending

4 of 12: 5/19/23 in GC6TVGR

5 of 12: Pending

6 of 12: Pending

7 of 12: Pending

8 of 12: Pending

9 of 12: Pending

10 of 12: Pending

11 of 12: Pending

12 of 12: Pending

April 26, 2023

Artist Trading Card (ATC): Space

 Alcohol ink on craft plastic to be water-resistant.  Stamped with Versafine pigment ink.  Sealed with Kamar Varnish and Krylon Gloss coat.

I've had alcohol inks sitting around for a couple of years now, and I'm only now getting around to trying them.  Faced with the challenge of trying to make a water-resistant card, now was a good time to finally give them a try.  Being my first attempt at working with alcohol ink, these cards are simple, one-color alcohol ink backgrounds with a stamped image of a child in space holding a balloon arrangement of planets. Each one is unique, because that is the nature of alcohol ink.

If you've found one of these and want to discover my geocoin, input the trackable number on the back of the card at  

Where did I drop these?

#1 of 10 - In personal collection

#2 of 10 - Pending

#3 of 10 - Pending

#4 of 10 - Pending

#5 of 10 - Pending

#6 of 10 - Pending

#7 of 10 - Pending

#8 of 10 - Dropped in GCA8F5V on 5/21/2023 (my first FTF!)

#9 of 10 - Pending

#10 of 10 - Pending

Discoverable Artist Trading Cards

I've found a few cache cards in my time geocaching.  These signature swag items left by fellow geocachers usually have a photo of the geocacher and perhaps some bits of their geocaching history.  In my recent travels, I found a cache card that had a discoverable tracking number on it (discoverable at  Fun!  This inspired me to make my own caching card, but with a crafty TXGeekette spin.  Instead of a typical cache card, I decided to make a series of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) with the discoverable tracking number for one of the geocoins I have that I won't be putting into circulation.  

I'll be making a total of 100 (A series of 10 with 10 editions) cards with the discoverable trackable number from this geocoin:

If you want to learn more about the ATC you've found and where I dropped each one, click on the link related to your series of cards below.  I've designed all of them to be water-resistant so that they have a fighting chance of survival within the harsh conditions of an outdoor geocache.

To see my non-ATC DIY swag:  Other signature geoswag I've made.

April 24, 2023

9 mm Shell Casing and Paracord Bracelet

I pick up the brass casings after target practice.  For some reason, I have these delusions that someday I'll spend the money on the equipment and the time to reload the casings, or that I will accumulate enough of them at some point to make it worthwhile to recycle them for money.  Ha! Never gonna happen.  So I used some of them, along with paracord, to make little flexible bracelets to put into geocaches.  I made five of them and then ran out of the heavy-gauge wire I used to make them.  


Here are the geocaches where they were placed:

#1 of 5:  Pending

#2 of 5:  Pending

#3 of 5:  Pending

#4 of 5: Pending

#5 of 5: Pending

Have you picked one of these up?  Let me know in the comments.  I especially want to know if they survived the harsh conditions inside a cache, so that I can figure out improvements in the future.