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September 6, 2023

Artist Trading Card: Fire - Elijah on Mt. Carmel



Acrylic on heavy cardstock, sealed with polycrylic for water resistance.

A depiction of Elijah on Mt. Carmel.  Whether you believe or not, it is, IMO, one of the more entertaining stories of the Bible. It tells the tale of Elijah, who trolls the prophets of Baal and Asherah into a contest.  They lose miserably when their deities fail and the Lord reveals himself as the one true God. 

If you've found one of these and want to discover the geocoin associated with it, input the trackable number on the back of the card at geocaching.com/track.

Read about my other ATCs here

Where did I drop these?

#1 of 10 - In personal collection

#2 of 10 - 12/20/2023 in GC9977P

#3 of 10 - 9/30/2023 in GC126, the first and oldest cache in Alabama

#4 of 10 - 2/14/2023 in GC12E2

#5 of 10 - Pending

#6 of 10 - Pending

#7 of 10 - Dropped on 2/8/2024 in GC3TG9N

#8 of 10 - Dropped on 12/1/2023 into GC87R7F

#9 of 10 - Dropped on 10/14/2023 into GCHMAF

#10 of 10 - Dropped on 9/20/2023 into GC90, the first and oldest cache in Mississippi

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:  11/1/2023 in GC8J1QD

2 of 24:  8/14/2023 in GC4TN73 

3 of 24:  8/16/2023 in GCW7QG

4 of 24:  5/20/2023 in GC8H1BT

5 of 24:  7/19/2023 in GC7C9K0

6 of 24:  8/11/2023 in GC1WHZ8

7 of 24:  Pending

8 of 24:  12/23/2023 in GC8WEVQ

9 of 24:  Pending

10 of 24:  Pending

11 of 24:  Pending

12 of 24: 11/5/2023 in GC6XDPM

13 of 24:  1/13/2024 in GC5VRJUC

14 of 24:  10/19/2023 in GCMBKY

15 of 24:  Pending

16 of 24:  Pending

17 of 24:  Pending

18 of 24:  12/2/2023 in GCA4RBK

19 of 24:  1/20/2024 in GGAJ5HG

20 of 24:  10/5/2023 in GC7YH2F

21 of 24:  9/21/2023 in GC7Q83X

22 of 24:  Pending

23 of 24:  11/3/2023 in GC8Q0TA

24 of 24:  11/8/2023 in GC1CQ73



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: 7/14/2023 in GC3XF1T

2 of 12: 9/28/2023 in GC80EMZ 

3 of 12: 8/8/2023 in GCJ2RF

4 of 12: 5/19/23 in GC6TVGR

5 of 12: 2/8/2024 in GC6HEP9

6 of 12: 11/6/2023 in GCAG4J1

7 of 12: 1/18/2024 in GCAJKP9

8 of 12: 11/11/2023 in GC9VD65

9 of 12: Pending

10 of 12: 8/22/2023 in GC8B43J

11 of 12: Pending

12 of 12: 12/20/2023 in GC96TPR


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 geocaching.com/track

Read about my other ATCs here

Where did I drop these?

#1 of 10 - In personal collection

#2 of 10 - Dropped in GCA1K2B on 7/27/2023

#3 of 10 - Dropped in GC2ERHE on 7/28/2023

#4 of 10 - Dropped in GC1BD5 on 9/16/2023

#5 of 10 - Dropped in GC3XF75 on 8/18/2023

#6 of 10 - Dropped in GC970KN on 8/13/2023

#7 of 10 - Dropped in GC9TX0A on 7/25/2023

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

#9 of 10 - Dropped in GC2TJMP on 8/2/2023

#10 of 10 - Dropped in GCH7CC on 8/4/2023



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 geocaching.com/track).  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:  Dropped in GCZ87K on 8/13/2023

#2 of 5:  Dropped in GC90 (the first and oldest cache in Mississippi) on 9/20/2023

#3 of 5:  Dropped in GC45XHJ on 9/25/2023

#4 of 5: Dropped in GC8GAJ0 on 1/29/2024

#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.