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Collecting money at your badge Making stall

6 September 2018 1:02:57 PM AEST

A badge making stall as a fundraising option for your school, or in fact for any fundraising is always a really good idea. However, it is becoming less common for people to carry cash.


This alond badge blog today is just offering some options to make your fundraising much easier, and perhaps a little more secure.

We do offer on this site, a cashbox, which is lockable. We also have security cables to lockdown the badge machine and also the cashbox.

In our fete organising kit, we do mention making sure you have change for large banknotes as well as coins, and making sure that the cashbox during your open days, is always secured.

So looking at the above, how can we collect more money, in a more secure fashion? The answer is to use one of the inexpensive mobile card readers.

When this blog was written, a retailer in Australia called Harvey Norman was selling a mobile card reader for AU$19.
Essentially that device, like most others of this type, plug-in to a mobile phone using the earphone socket.
This means someone can walk up to your badge making stall, send their kids to sit down and draw some artwork, and they can tap their credit or debit card onto your card reader.

You will have to chat to your bank to enable this, or you can use a product called "PayPal Here" which is a PayPal app for your phone. This will allow you to collect funds straight into the PayPal account.

If you allow yourself a little bit of time to get the above organised, you can almost say; "yes just tap and go!" And your fundraising is made much easier.

Handy hint: where your banner is displayed above your badge making stall, include an extra note saying credit cards are accepted here, that makes your stall even more attractive.

Posted in News By Joe

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Use your 3D printer to make a badge maker

7 August 2018 11:17:44 AM AEST

It's an interesting idea, print your own badge maker.

On thingiverse, there is a downloadable set of files to make your own badge maker.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1558914

Looking at the only comment, it may not be the correct scale, but it may be worth investigating, or perhaps modifying?

Please let me know if you do try this? I would love to post a blog article about your success (or otherwise).

Posted in News By Paul

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Inspiration for creative badge making

18 July 2018 12:18:40 PM AEST

So many times, I need inspiration for some creative badge making

This blog page here http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2016/06/makerspace-button-maker-challenges/


Is very useful and this whole website is a great resource for badge makerspace information and helpful ideas.

Scroll down the page for the "Badge Making Challenges" ;

Sharpie art

Stick Figure art

Fingerprint Art Badges

And more.

There are images as well so you see a visual concept.

Posted in News By Paul

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How ARE those ND (Neodymium Magnets) Made?

10 July 2018 12:34:46 PM AEST

We at Alond have sold ND magnets for years, and hadn't the slightest idea how they were made.

Michael Brand at SM Magnetics gives us a great non-technical explanation of what it takes to make a simple ND magnet.

Eleven steps, keep away from any oxygen, don't actually make it magnetic until the last step!

Who knew?

https://supermagnetman.com/blogs/news/neodymium-magnet-manufacturing-eleven-not-so-easy-steps

Thanks, Michael.

Posted in News By Joe

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Makerspace Badge Making Challenges

25 June 2018 3:38:00 PM AEST

MakerSpace: Badge (Button) Maker Challenges, Set up challenges for your students/teens/library visitors, encourage their creativity...

Makerspace badge making challenges:

http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2016/06/makerspace-button-maker-challenges/

Encourage them to do more than just badge make using a photo!

There are two PDF pages at the bottom of the link, the first PDF has 14 challenge cards!

Posted in News By Joe

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Electronic Badges

18 June 2018 11:24:50 AM AEST

Electronic LED Badges? We don't sell them here at Alond

But we did find a place that does;

https://www.tindie.com/browse/electronic-badges/

There are simple badges you can solder yourself, some very well styled badges, simple led back-lit conference badges, a "super" badge that you can fully program and has a camera and an OLED display.

Others are available that allow you to program them musically, and my favourite;
K.I.T.T. Knight Rider Blinky LED Badge

Usual disclaimer, we have no association with this website, we just added it to our bladge blog as it may be of interest to our readers.

 

 

 

Posted in News By Paul

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The button station is a major highlight

8 June 2018 10:03:25 AM AEST

Teen Lit Con at Chaska High School

“They have this really awesome button-making station. So you can go and punch holes in different books, and you can make as many buttons as you want,” Wein said.

An interesting take on badge making, use popular books and take paper circles from them to use in badges. If you are a library with books that have been withdrawn from circulation, you may like to "re-purpose" them for badge making.

 

Posted in News By Joe

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We are always looking for helpful badge-making websites, here's one we found today;

This website offers free templates to download in PDF format;

Their sizes are;

1 inch

1.25 inch

1.5 inch

2.25 inch

These are quite close to our;

25mm

32mm

37mm

and 58mm badge sizes.

 

Just be aware that these templates are for printing using USA size paper, different to A4 paper used here in Australia

 

https://www.assemblyoftext.com/button_making_station

Posted in News By Paul

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An LED Heart Badge, solder your own!

8 May 2018 9:51:22 AM AEST

This LED matrix is a heart shaped badge with circuit which you can make and gift to your valentine or crush and spread your love. It can be worn as a necklace or as a badge.

It has got Bluetooth so you can display any text message on the necklace using a smart phone.

https://hackaday.io/project/114144-led-ble-hearty-necklacebadge

Joe says: "This is very involved, but very creative too, it's worth reading if you are technically minded".

Posted in News By Joe

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Launch Day (31st May – 4th June 2018)

Hop aboard SS Nomadic to celebrate the anniversary of RMS Titanic’s launch and the day SS Nomadic left Belfast, when over 100,000 spectators lined the Lagan.

Mark the occasion in true party style with face-painting, games, postcard and badge making as well as meet characters from that era on board.

http://titanicbelfast.com/

 

Posted in News By paul denyer

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