A couple weeks ago, I came across some Pokemon Gym badges for sale and thought they looked cool.  I wanted to make them myself, but wasn't sure how.  Then I learned how to use the laser cutter :)

I made this at Techshop in SF!

Indigo League Badges: (They are in order on my shirt)
  • Boulder Badge
  • Cascade Badge
  • Thunder Badge
  • Rainbow Badge
  • Soul Badge
  • Marsh Badge
  • Volcano Badge
  • Earth Badge
  • Source

Step 1: Supplies

What you need:
  • Wood or Acrylic for your badges (I originally planned to do clear acrylic, but then I remembered I was going to glue something to the back so decided against it.)
  • 8 Jewelry Pins
  • Contact Cement
Awesome! How do you get all the equipment though? Watch out Kanto, here I come! Lol jk.
I finally have proof Iv bet all 8 gyms!
<p>Mh hmmm :)</p>
<p>so.....can i challenge the pokemon league with these or are they just for show?</p>
<p>Just for show. My Pokemon are just pets and not fighters :)</p>
How did you know what size to make them?
<p>I just kind of made it up. I made them what seemed to be a normal size for a badge and about what they looked like on Ash.</p>
These are wicked, and look rather sophisticated made out of wood.
Thank you :) I wanted to do them out of acrylic originally, but I'm glad I went with wood!
Any chance of getting them in .svg or even .ai format? I only have inkscape, which doesn't import .eps files. Thanks a bunch!
Does that one work?
Yes, thank-you! My kid brother will love these (awesome stocking stuffer). I'm going to do them in mdf and then paint them.
Sounds awesome! Would you post a picture when you're done so I can see how they turned out?
i am wanting to do this but i don,t have a laser cutter do you know any place i could get 1
I know they sell them different places online like <a href="http://hurricanelasers.com/">Hurricane Lasers</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.inventables.com">Inventables</a>. &nbsp;Or you can use laser cutters at different <a href="http://www.techshop.ws/">Techshops</a>&nbsp;:)
This is perfect!!! my little brother will love it!!!
Awesome, awesome! That's what I like to hear!
This is gorgeous - I thought making the star shape in illustrator with two overlapping squares was pretty genius.
And the funny thing is, I didn't figure that out until after spending a whole bunch of time trying to draw it :D
do you remember the speed and power settings you used to cut and engrave them, or was it one with a setting pre-made for wood?
I used what a book said to use for wood and the type of Laser Cutter we have. I don't have the numbers with me now, but I can get them to you later today!
its alright i managed without it. By the way my friend loves them.
Awesome. Yeah, I just used the default settings for wood. Did you take a picture of them?
Where can I get my hands on a laser cutter?! Uber EPIC, these are. . .
Thanks! You can actually win one in the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/contest/hurricanelasers/">Hurricane Laser Contest</a>!
Unfortunately, I am not capable of something that would fit in the contest, and even then, I don't have anywhere to put it. But thanks for the heads up.
OMG These are the coolest things ever!
Yeah, they're pretty awesome, aren't they!?!
Are you pulling my Pikachu?! <br> <br>These are the some of the most awesome things ever!
Thanks :D I'm quite proud of them!
Had you not mentioned wood or acrylic I would swear these things are made of win.
Haha! Awesome :)
OMG you have definitely caught them all you rock!!!!!
Thanks Dusk!
it's ok
Will you make the Johto and Hoenn and Sinnoh and Unova badges?
Possibly, if I can find the time to design them up :)
Which game are these from?
Should be red and blue, if I recall correctly :) They are from the Indigo league.
Coolio, thanks.
Also Firered and Leafgreen
You could probably use acrylic but you might have to either use epoxy for gluing or just melt with a hot nail or something. <br>None the less, its very neat. Its too bad you can't plate them in some kind of shiny medal.
I'm sure there is a glue that would work with acrylic. My main concern is that I wanted to use clear acrylic and the pin I glued to the back would show through to the front. I also think it would be fun to see some kind of shiny metal on it :)
These are seriously the best. :D
Thank you! Now you just have to decide what you want yours cut out of!

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