Laser Cut Pokemon Gym Badges

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Introduction: Laser Cut Pokemon Gym Badges

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

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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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    47 Discussions

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    GhettoPidgeotto12
    GhettoPidgeotto12

    4 years ago

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

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 3 years ago

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

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    teamMewtwoPh
    teamMewtwoPh

    3 years ago

    Pokemon in real life

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

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    Braza Rayquaza11
    Braza Rayquaza11

    4 years ago

    I finally have proof Iv bet all 8 gyms!

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    eggfooyoung
    eggfooyoung

    6 years ago on Step 5

    How did you know what size to make them?

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    h0n3y5un5h1n3

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

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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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    IBreakHeavyStuff
    IBreakHeavyStuff

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, thank-you! My kid brother will love these (awesome stocking stuffer). I'm going to do them in mdf and then paint them.

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Sounds awesome! Would you post a picture when you're done so I can see how they turned out?

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    toxicpaw100
    toxicpaw100

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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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    pegasos
    pegasos

    7 years ago on Step 5

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

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    ssquiggle
    ssquiggle

    7 years ago on Step 5

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