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Geocache Mushroom

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A quick guide on making an ordinary bison tube into a mushroom.

 
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Step 1: Gather supplies and preheat oven to 275 degrees f.

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You will need
Polyform clay
Bison tube
Construction screw
Paint and brush
Small piece of saran (optional)
Super glue

Step 2:

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Remove key ring and discard

Remove rubner ring. (Don't want it to melt in the oven.)

Form clay around the tube until you have desired shape. be sure to leave some room at the top to insure proper closing.

Push construction screw through the bottom until you hit the bottom of the tube. form clay around screw for secure fit

Step 3: Making the top.

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Mold clay into your desired mushroom cap shape.

Turn over and place small piece of clay in the center and press it into place.

Take cap and press into the clay. Remove it. (use a layer of saran for cleaner removal)

Step 4: Time to Bake

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Place the top and bottom on pan, (I like to cover my pan in foil first) and place into oven.

Turn timer on fifteen minutes and wait.

Take clay out of oven and wait until its cool enough to handle, or if you're impatient like me place into cool water and wait a just a couple of minutes

Step 5: Finishing

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Glue Cap into your hole and let dry.

Paint your mushroom any way you see fit. I used natural colors on this one.

Put rubber ring back into place and fill with log.

Screw cap back on and presto!

Place and enjoy.

mystery2502 months ago

Only bad part is the screw - that wouldn't be allowed in most cases.

FN644 months ago

Yup... evil is the word here!! Nice 'ible.. The worst one I found was a hollowed out pine cone with a bison tube glued in it. The only thing that gave it away was the cone didn't look native to eastern Maine.

Happy trails fellow cachers from RubiconJW & MsKhavingfun

AKA FN64

TheGeek1984 FN644 months ago
I found a cache like that here in Oregon. We looked for nearly a half hour, when I looked up and thought "That's a funny looking pinecone..."
Dr MonkeyMan4 months ago

This is pretty cool!

Wroger-Wroger4 months ago

It's not bad, but you MUST make it imperfectly perfect.

I think doing loads of drugs and picking magic mush rooms etc... as well as the sharp eyed normal people - it's a dead give away that it's a fake IF it does not have the attributes of a mushroom.

Go to a museum / public library / university library etc., and get a hold of a bunch of entomylogical books, that contain generally black and white drawings of different species of mushrooms - you know - from the days where the only "photograph" was the hand drawn and or painted picture.

Get into the flawless level of recreation.- but make them a bit faded looking and past their use by date - and starting to decay - so that they look totally real, and not as interesting as bright shiny new ones - that people like to kick over...

Then you have a marketable product.

dorko (author)  Wroger-Wroger4 months ago
Thanks for deeming it "not bad" lol. As for making it more realistic, I have made one before with gills and kinda burnt the top and edges giving it a more deteriorated appearance. Also having grown my own own fungi I hope you don't mind me correcting you, entomology is the study of insects not fungi which is mycology.
NetWt4Lbs4 months ago
Oh man I LOVE this.
Jobar0074 months ago

As someone who enjoys identifies mushrooms, this would be extremely frustrating. As someone who enjoys geocaching, this is great!

b51251254 months ago
Evil would be a micro rock
dorko (author)  b51251254 months ago
yeah I'm glad I have never come across micro rock, it would drive me insane.
moonshine884 months ago
love it! im trying to come up with the mose awesome and evil make you laugh afterwards geocashe. ive got some ideas just havent had time to act on them. happy cashing all from cali/montana!
JM19994 months ago

Good job!

Much cheaper than the geocache.com containers and it is more original!

samjohn4 months ago
Wow! This would be awfully hard to find if you didn't know where it is (like me) amazing!
GraphixS64 months ago

This is just too evil.

dorko (author)  GraphixS64 months ago
I'll take that as a compliment XD
solinsky54 months ago
yolo