Laser Cut Pokemon Gym Badges

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Introduction: Laser Cut Pokemon Gym Badges

About: I am powered by sugar and rainbows! For realz!
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

Step 2: Design Your Badges

When I first set out to make these, it was really hard and it took a bit for me to realize that these badges are mostly made out of simple shapes.  Once I figured that out, it was a lot easier to create them.  I had a really hard time with the flower one and I am still not happy with the outcome, but it will do for now.

I've provided screen shots for creating one of them.  If you have any questions about any of them, let me know and I'll help all I can.

Step 3: Cut

So you are ready to cut :)

You need to cover your board with tape to prevent burn marks.

I believe I used hairline for the cutting and 1 pt. for the etching.

Step 4: Finish and Assemble

Before assembling, I used my Polycrylic and put 2 coats on the front, one on the back, and one along the edge.  Make sure the badges have had plenty of time to dry before putting the glue on.

Once the badges are dry it is time to put the pins on them.

I used contact cement because Scoochmaroo said it would work great and it did.  To use, you put a bit of glue on both surfaces you want to stick together, then let that sit for about 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, just stick the pieces together and voila! They stick :)

Step 5: Wear Them!

I think they turned out awesome!  I plan on giving them to my younger brother, though, because he is a bigger fan of Pokemon.  Hope he likes them!

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    Awesome! How do you get all the equipment though? Watch out Kanto, here I come! Lol jk.

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    I used laser cutters that were avialbel at my local Techshop, but I think you can find laser cutting serices online as well :)

    Pokemon in real life

    http://www.pokemongo.ph/bbs/board.php?bo_table=Pokemon_Gotcha&wr_id=101

    Just for show. My Pokemon are just pets and not fighters :)

    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.

    These are wicked, and look rather sophisticated made out of wood.

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    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!

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    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

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    This is perfect!!! my little brother will love it!!!

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    This is gorgeous - I thought making the star shape in illustrator with two overlapping squares was pretty genius.