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Offline Wendell

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Con badges - questions about materials?
« on: June 23, 2005, 02:31:20 pm »
Hello all. I'm interested in possibly drawing some character con badges on commission. I don't know much about the hardware involved, or the size formats. It is my understanding that the most common type (and most desirable) is that of a plastic sheath with pin-back, into which the artwork is inserted. Is this the best alternative? Where can these pin-back setups be purchased?
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2005, 02:39:17 pm »
What I always do is create the badge on a lineless 3x5 card... then laminate it and punch a hole in the top so the wearer can string it on them however they choose.  

Hope that helps.  **shrugs**
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2005, 10:30:34 am »
i do it on MS Paint, 30 by 50 or 50 by 80

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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2005, 10:01:11 pm »
Thanks for the input, both of you. It gives me some ideas.

Ulario, I might consider something like that, but it doesn't seem as professional to me as the "slide-in" kind of badge holder. If I did spring for a cheap laminating system (about $20 for a small one, last I checked, and $8 for the refill packs of plastic) I'd probably still want some better paper to draw on. Index cards are pretty cruddy. Maybe I'd draw in my sketchbook and cut the images down to 3"x5".

Seyarki, do you mean 30x50 pixels? That seems tiny. At regular screen resolution, that would make images about 1/3 inch by 2/3 inch.
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2005, 10:37:02 pm »
With our group we usually do digital badges.  After the image is reduced to the correct size it's printed on good printer paper and hot laminated with one of those lamination machines you mentioned.  They're relatively inexpensive (ours was $40) and the pouches can be found online for a good price--about $10-20 for 100 versus $10 for 25 at office supply stores.  Tags for hanging are a good bonus, too.  I can't remember if we got those seperate or with the pouches...

Anyways, that's my dime in the collection plate.  If you plan on doing direct artwork for badges with color pencils, make sure that you wipe down the wax before lamination. That way you won't get any warped  melting effects.
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2005, 10:42:35 pm »
Some good advice, Sheeta. Thanks.

Whatever format I use for the presentation, I had planned on drawing on larger format paper (probably double, about 6"x10",) then reducing it by scanning and printing out the actual badge. That would prevent any lamination problems.
It would also give me more detail control, as I can draw everything larger.
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2005, 09:03:26 am »
Quote (Wendell @ June 24 2005, 10:01 pm)
Thanks for the input, both of you. It gives me some ideas.

Ulario, I might consider something like that, but it doesn't seem as professional to me as the "slide-in" kind of badge holder. If I did spring for a cheap laminating system (about $20 for a small one, last I checked, and $8 for the refill packs of plastic) I'd probably still want some better paper to draw on. Index cards are pretty cruddy. Maybe I'd draw in my sketchbook and cut the images down to 3"x5".

Seyarki, do you mean 30x50 pixels? That seems tiny. At regular screen resolution, that would make images about 1/3 inch by 2/3 inch.

I always wanted to use those nifty card holders with the pins in back... but I don't know where to get them.  '<img'>
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2005, 12:26:58 pm »
Quote (Ulario @ June 25 2005, 8:03 am)
I always wanted to use those nifty card holders with the pins in back... but I don't know where to get them.  '<img'>

Try an office supply store or printshop.  I think they're called pin-on badge holders or something scientific like that.
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2005, 04:41:13 pm »
Thanks, Sheeta, for the tip about office supply stores. I checked Staples in my hometown, and found that they had a big variety of name badge holders. I picked up a 50 pack of 3"x4" Avery Hanging Name Badges for about US$25, with pre-perforated inserts suitable for computer printers. I'll probably just be using some heavy card stock to print on, though, and cut them by hand. I can get better control on how the cards look that way.
The ones I purchased hang around one's neck. They also had these clip-on badges for about US$35 per 50, same brand and size.
Pin-on versions were only in 2.5"x3.25", and were a little chintzy. I like these larger ones more. They seem pretty sturdy, made of vinyl with a stretchy hanging cord.
I think I'm ready to take commission orders. Thanks for the suggestions, everybody.




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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2005, 05:36:42 pm »
sounds fun wendel

good luck, i'll add you to my list of possible commisioners for when i get cash..
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