Introduction: Geocaching Wooden Nickels
This instructable is for those of you who what your own personal geocoin, but don’t want to pay that $200 price tag to go with it.
It’s A LOT cheaper to make your own wooden nickels than it is to have them made. Most companies on the net have a min. order of 500 and can cost about 50 cents each to make. With this instructable you can make start making your own coins for less than $10 worth of supplies, then after that make them for less than 20 cents a piece.
List of things you need:
Computer & printer or memory device
Laser photo copy (about 9 cents at your local copy shop)
Non poly nylon paintbrush (sometimes you have these laying around, or about $1)
Regular paintbrush or foam brush (sometimes you have these laying around, or less than $1)
Wooden disk (about $2-$3 at Michaels or Joanns)
Glass jar with a lid (you might have 1 laying around, or $1 at Joanns)
Acetone NOT NAIL POLISH REMOVER ($2.50 at Wal-mart)
Polyurethane (clear coat) or clear nail polish (Polyurethane $3-$5, clear nail polish $1)
On your computer make the design you want on your geocoin, remembering to keep it simple, and to remember that black and white copies work best, but color will work. When you do color it doesn’t transfer as well and as clear. Sometimes being too light to show up.
I use paint when making my coins, but any photo shop program will do.
I then print one picture to make sure it’ll fit on my coin by holding the paper up to the light and the coin behind it. After making sure it fits, I copy it and make as many as I can fit on a piece of paper, Which is usually 6 across and 8 down. Then you need to mirror the whole page. I then print it, or you can save it to a memory device and take that to a copy store like Staples or Office Depot, and have them make me a copy on their laser printer. Ask for copy paper, they now have this shinny paper and it don't transfer as well. ALSO MAKE SURE THEY PRINT IT ON THE BLACK AND WHITE PRINTER, not the color printer, as alot of the color printers won't transfer the image. (the best copies for this come from those cheap copiers at your local convenience store for like a quarter.) If you have a laser printer at home, you can skip this step. Next cut out your pictures.
DO NOT USE NAIL POLISH REMOVER WITH ACETONE IT WILL NOT WORK. They sell acid tone at Walmart by the fake nail section.
Pour your acetone into your glass jar, making sure you have a lid for your jar. If you don’t have a lid have something handy to put over your jar, as acetone evaporates faster than rubbing alcohol! I then take my non poly nylon paintbrush or natural bristle paintbrush and brush a light layer of acetone onto the coin. (Make sure you use a non poly nylon paintbrush with the acetone or the bristles will melt.)
Take your cutout and place over the coin printed side down. Then brush a layer of acetone over the back of the cutout.
Next take the end of your paintbrush and burnish the paper, using med. pressure, until it dries. Which will happen quickly, about 30 seconds to a minute.
Peel the paper off right away, or it won’t come off.
After you let the coin dry for about 2 or 3 minutes you can do the other side if you want a 2 sided coin, repeat steps 2-5 on the other side.
I then take clear coat polyurethane or clear nail polish and coat the coin to keep it waterproof. Which keeps the wood from cracking, and/or warping.
Step 10: Geocaching Wooden Nickels
Lastly enjoy your new coin, and Happy Geocaching!