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Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924428 by Capt Kirk
Apr 14, 2016 2:27pm
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While I agree that there is nothing wrong with putting a box where one previously existed, and that's certainly tempting to do if it is a particularly nice location, I would give some thought to how many 'boxers may have found the previous box -- was it a popular box? was it there for a long time? Would they want to go back to the same place or would it be better to offer up an alternate, equally awesome location?

But, there are always those spots that are "just begging for a box"...

SpringChick
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924400 by Rocklun
Apr 14, 2016 3:49pm
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I have boxes and boxes of them, so I won't be running out anytime soon.

I even have some blue-tinted ones!

To estimate the cost, I put 12 in a 9x12 manila envelope and weighed it. Four Forever stamps will do the trick.
Re: Tutorial on Making Letterbox Pouch (Safari Man's Pics)
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924427 by Capt Kirk
Apr 14, 2016 7:33pm
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Unless you live in a dry climate, I would not recommend using pouches. They are typically wet and full of dirt and bugs. I've seen them used nicely tucked in guardrails, where it's pretty dry and dirt can't get in, and as temporary boxes for an event. Otherwise I consider them to be on par with old Chinese food containers.
Re: Making Letterbox Pouch (Safari Man's Plan)
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924454 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 14, 2016 8:26pm
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After reviewing his tutorial and gentle humor, I was inspired to try my hand at a few of Safari Man's pouches. One innovation he shared in person, was the incorporation of a coat hanger or insulated electrical wire as a hanging strap.

I have two boxes of my own that would lean toward this application, and so during my dinner hour, I found a feed sack (Lamb and Sheep feed, if you must know) along the side of the road, and retrieved it. I measured out the rough dimensions Glenn had suggested, and cut two patterns out.

I had found my roll of Camo tape and set to work covering and stappling the two together. One wire coat hanger cut in two just so, produced two hanger straps that I was able to incorporate.

So, after finishing in record time, and labling inside the pouch flap with a Sharpie Marker the name of the box and the website for www.Letterboxing.org and www.atlasquest.com
I have two ready to go.

Tonight on my drive home, I plan to plant them in two locations since I brought along a couple of stamps, and activate those boxes tomorrow for any traveling letterboxers who might be on the way.
Re: Tutorial on Making Letterbox Pouch (Safari Man's Pics)
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924454 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 14, 2016 8:46pm
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I have found letterboxes in pouches that have held up well. Or would that make them letterpouches? Anyway, the ones that are still in good shape are freezer Ziplocs covered with duct tape. The flap folds over where the bag zips, so the contents are protected. Amazingly, the contents were pretty dry.
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924442 by Rocklun
Apr 14, 2016 8:49pm
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Can one draw on these? Use in place of vellum for layered stamps? Are they clear?
Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924433 by SpringChick
Apr 15, 2016 2:05am
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I once found a box -- one of a series -- that was planted in the exact same cubby hole where a previous box had gone missing years before. It wasn't somebody trying to make a tribute, it was just great minds thinking alike.

It does point to a difference, though. The clues were different, and as a result you didn't realize you were being led to the exact same spot until you got there. It made a new hide out of it, even though the hiding spot wasn't new.

So, here's an idea, just tossin' this out there. Don't mention that you're planting in the same spot as a previous box, and don't give the box a similar name. Use all new clues, starting with a clean sheet of paper. In the logbook in the box, mention that this box is in honor of the box that used to be here, and include the image from the earlier box's stamp (printed, perhaps). That would make the find nearly as entertaining for people who found the earlier box as for people who haven't been here before.
Re: Making Letterbox Pouch (Safari Man's Plan)
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924457 by Capt Kirk
Apr 15, 2016 2:11am
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I think the mistake many make in making planter's pouches is starting with a baggie. It seems the thing to do, something with an airtight seal, but in fact it doesn't work well at all.

Safari Man's pouches IIRC went a different route, no baggie involved, just a pouch made of woven feed bag material wrapped with duct tape. While it's not airtight, it did seem to work quite well.

And for hooks, I recommend electrical wire but not coathangers. Coathangers will rust pronto. Electrical wire, being copper, will hang in there forever. Get the stuff with black or green insulation (2 of the 3 wires inside typical household wire) it'll be pretty decent camo.
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924459 by Sunia
Apr 15, 2016 4:57am
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Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924472 by Rocklun
Apr 15, 2016 8:09am
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Could they be used to create animation cels?
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924488 by dingus dufus
Apr 15, 2016 8:21am
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Could they be used to create animation cels?

I don't know, but I'm thinking of taping a bunch of 'em together to use as a shower curtain. Or maybe I can cut a hole in my roof and make a skylight. The possibilities are endless...especially when I have hundreds of sheets!! ;^)
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924489 by Rocklun
Apr 15, 2016 8:44am
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Honestly, I don't know what to do with them all. I'm probably going to toss most of them.
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924488 by dingus dufus
Apr 15, 2016 8:47am
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Could they be used to create animation cels?

Like this?
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924489 by Rocklun
Apr 15, 2016 9:19am
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You obviously need to test out every possible application for these and report back!
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924497 by RideTheMoose
Apr 15, 2016 9:34am
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Flower craft I will say she takes forever to explain her technique so you may want to speed up the playback using the Settings gearwheel.
Enjoy
CTEE
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924494 by Rocklun
Apr 15, 2016 10:00am
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Maybe check with a local school and/or library for takers?
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924495 by Oberon_Kenobi
Apr 15, 2016 10:14am
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Yup! Cool video, thanks!
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924489 by Rocklun
Apr 15, 2016 10:22am
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I don't know, but I'm thinking of taping a bunch of 'em together to use as a shower curtain. Or maybe I can cut a hole in my roof and make a skylight. The possibilities are endless

;)

But it's nice to know that some boxers out there really give a sheet!
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924500 by Team Awesome Pants
Apr 15, 2016 12:09pm
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Maybe the school's art teacher could use them. Art teachers save everything.
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924512 by zinni
Apr 15, 2016 1:29pm
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"Maybe the school's art teacher could use them. Art teachers save everything"

got me thinking ...

I could probably make very lightweight 'stained glass' shades for my front windows ....

Our windows face the woods and/or reservoir on three sides of the house - only if you look out the front windows do you see the road and one other house.

I've jokingly said that if I had the money, I'd install stained glass windows in the front of the house so we could really feel away from it all.

Hmm .... what would I use to make the different colors? Sharpies?

Warrior Woman
ever thoughtful
Re: Tutorial on Making Letterbox Pouch (Safari Man's Pics)
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924427 by Capt Kirk
Apr 15, 2016 3:48pm
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Here is a photo that should cover the best type of pouch for you.
Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924464 by Kirbert
Apr 15, 2016 5:54pm
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I don't disagree, but that seems like a lot of trouble to go to...to dig up the old image...to print it off, to research it.
I lean more toward copying the old direction or clue and amending or appending with a notation crediting the original.

But I'd like to hear more thoughts on this.
Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924537 by Capt Kirk
Apr 15, 2016 6:23pm
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You are going to ruffle some feathers if you copy another clues without permission, retired or not. Spend a little time creating your original.
Re: Can anyone use transparencies for image transfers or LTCs?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924525 by Warrior Woman
Apr 15, 2016 7:06pm
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Could you paint them with glass paint? You know the kind you use to make "faux" stained glass.
Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924464 by Kirbert
Apr 15, 2016 8:46pm
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I once found a box -- one of a series -- that was planted in the exact same cubby hole where a previous box had gone missing years before. It wasn't somebody trying to make a tribute, it was just great minds thinking alike.

And then there are those times when three different boxers all plant at the same boulder within two feet of each other, each apparently unaware of the other two boxes. Four boxes if you count the one ten feet away.

Don't overthink the hiding spot. If nothing is there, you can use it. Doesn't matter if something used to be there or not. No need to reference previous boxes or copy their clues. Why bother? If the box is gone, it's gone, let it rest in peace and move on to something new.
Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
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Reply to: #924548 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 16, 2016 2:28am
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And then there are those times when three different boxers all plant at the same boulder within two feet of each other, each apparently unaware of the other two boxes. Four boxes if you count the one ten feet away.

That's a problem in CT. ;-)
Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
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Reply to: #924557 by roo
Apr 16, 2016 3:46am
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((Thats a problem in CT))

Just experienced that in Mystic! Found a perfect place for a plant, dug down in pine needles with my trusty back scratcher and heard the familiar sound of wood on plastic! May have been a mystery box , however not searching for it. The box was called "melon head" a baby beluga whale I believe if anyone familiar with the area. The third time we have found unlisted boxes by accident, not complaining just a fact.
Re: Renewing or Resurrecting "Retired" or "Inactive" Letterboxes
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Reply to: #924558 by Daytrippers 54
Apr 16, 2016 3:58am
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trusty back scratcher

Who'd a guessed. All mine does is sit on my dresser. It's going into my lb bag now.
Event Stamp and Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 16, 2016 5:02am
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What is the general consensus on listing an event stamp (the main event stamp)? Do these get listed as an Event Box? Other? And boxes planted (on trail, with clues) at an event? even if they are temporary? Are these Event Boxes (does this count in finder's F count?) or are these just traditional boxes? Thanks!

SpringChick
Re: Event Stamp and Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924563 by SpringChick
Apr 16, 2016 5:10am
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The event stamp is an event box. Everything that's planted on the trails and has clues is a traditional box, temporary or not.