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Cool Playa gifts

Post by DragginLady » Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:01 pm

Hiya, all... Last year was my first Burn and I loved it!! Getting it together for this one coming up and I have a question. I would like to bring something to gift that would be cool and that people would like. So I ask all you experienced Burners... What is the coolest playa gift you got or wht do you think would make a good playa gift? Of course, I already have some ideas, but who better to learn form than all of you?
Thanks, Dragginlady

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Post by mdmf007 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:22 pm

Coolest gift I was given on playa was a great evening of conversation and meal from our neighbors.

second best is the personalized and hand made items from someones home.

little pendandts, bracelets, etc. We have a nice corner cabinet in the office full of coins, can openers, bracelets, hats, swagish things, dog tags, crushed coins, etc.

whetever you do make it simple, and personal. theres no reason to make it difficult on yourself. - have fun
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Post by treetiger » Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:45 pm

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Dear folks,

I have found that sculpy or feemo clay comes in many colors and can be made into many different things for gifts. Local craft stores carry it and you make something, stick it on a cookie sheet in the oven at 275degrees for 1/2 hr. Hoard them and hand them out at the burn. Personally I've been trying to recreate the famed "Alien Monkey Love Nest feemo necklace pendants". Determination will hopefully pay off with my own artistic twst. Another way to give a gift is to give a practical one. Juice bags like 'capri-sun' are a god send on a hot day. Hope that this helps...best wishes--treetiger

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Post by robotland » Sat Apr 21, 2007 3:06 pm

I've been bringing precut aluminum blanks and letter punches to make personalized "playatags". The tags are "knockouts", pieces punched out to make wiring channels in aluminum "sign cans" and purchased by the pound from the scrapyard. Adding the Apokiliptika emblem was a little challenging- It has to be struck in four passes with three different punches. But the Man-punch is a one-piece unit ground from a length of steel shaft.
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Post by treetiger » Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:45 pm

That sounds like a great gift!! GoRobotland!! :D :D :D

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Post by Dr. Pyro » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:09 pm

We gift wine by the buttload, occasionally with a personalized wine glass or bumber sticker. But I have found the most appreciative GIFT (putting that hippie hug-and-a-vibe bullshit aside) were Otter Pops. Frozen treats on the playa are magic!

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Post by Bob » Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:07 pm

Sloppy seconds are the best gift ever.
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Post by gyre » Sun Apr 22, 2007 4:10 am

Robotland, would you email me?
I have an idea.


The best thing I got last year was a brass button with a pin on back.
It was given to me in the dark and I thought it was a joke.
It is hollow brass with the man logo.
Subtle enough to wear when you meet the president.
Way cool.

Someone also gave me a pendant cast of the man in metal.
I'm told that was probably cast from recycled carbs.
It has a colored inlay and the date.
I'll wear that back out there.


As for gifts, one thing that would actually be useful is nametags.
Also cards that have a place for your street address out there.
Office depot has very cheap basic cards that could be left blank on address.
I saw some that people had before they arrived who knew where they would be.
Good idea for phone and email too.
So many people you meet that you don't have time to talk to when you meet.
I really regret not getting info for more people the first year.
When you meet hundreds of people a day it is hard to remember details without some reminder.

If anyone I met hasn't heard from me, ring me up.
I may have lost your info, if I had it to begin with.


I am working on some things to bring out.
If you want to join in and make them your gifts too, email me. (not pm)
Thanks.
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Alien Love Nest Pendants

Post by affinity » Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:17 pm

I too wanted to create something along the lines of the Alien Love Nest Pendants. I took a precious metal clay class when the sculpey did not work out.

Then someone explained that the alien love nest pendants are made millefiori style.

There are designed in a computer and then some mechanical means makes tubes of the design and they are cut from the tubes (as I understand it).

So recreating anything like them is unlikely.

But I have made many different things since. I would say the home made lip balm was the biggest hit. With SPF 30....

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Re: Alien Love Nest Pendants

Post by robotland » Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:20 am

affinity wrote: I took a precious metal clay class when the sculpey did not work out.

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One of my art students turned me on to the SHEETS of PMC...She made these AMAZING little origami bird earrings that were about a quarter-inch tall. Really cool stuff.
If you'd like to make metal gifties but lack the blast furnace, try experimenting with lower-melt stuff like pewter. Or if you live where you can have a bonfire, collect some aluminum and an old cast-iron pan-preferably a Dutch oven with a lid- and have yourself a bonfire pour! Ask me for details if this sounds interesting- There are some special preparations and safety precautions.
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Post by DragginLady » Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:59 am

We are having a family reunion this summer and having a bonfire every night for a week!! and I have THREE cast iron dutch ovens with lids and a familywho loves projects. I am Definitely interested!

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Post by Teo del Fuego » Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:47 am

Cool gift '06: Cigarette lighter on one of those retractable cords that clips to yer shirt, pants, sarong, dangly bits, etc.

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Post by Zane5100 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:22 pm

One thing to keep in mind when handing out swag--where is a naked person halfway across the city from their camp going to keep your trinket?

...that is if you want to avoid contributing more to the MOOP issue.
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Post by Toolmaker » Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:42 pm

Zane5100 wrote:Where is a naked person halfway across the city from their camp going to keep your trinket?
Some questions are best left unanswered.

But if ya really want to know....
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