I'm still not back in business full time. I'm just making small batches of fobs and posting them here on a first come first served basis.
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I've been making and selling 6 styles of GITD key fobs using rigid acrylic tubing, Ultra Green V10 powder (and Ultra Blue) from Glow Inc. and various resins.
Looking at the attached picture, from your left to right, they are sized...
1/4" OD 1/8" ID (small) $3.00
5/16" OD 3/16" ID (medium) $3.00
3/8" OD 1/8" ID (Old Style large) $3.00 Discontinued, but limited stock occasionally
3/8" OD 1/4" ID (New Style large) $4.00
1/2" OD 1/4" ID (Jumbo) $4.00
1/2" OD 3/8" ID (Thin-Walled Jumbo) Discontinued Too costly to produce
There is also a 3/8" square fob, as seen below. The 2 in the middle.
The ends of the fobs are polished until transparent. The edges are rounded and smooth.
Each piece of tubing is about 1 to 1¼ inch long (most are about 1¼" or slightly longer, but never shorter than 1 inch). They all glow (fobs of the same color) with the same brightness, but the larger the surface area of the glow mix, the brighter it appears to the eye, and the easier it is to see from a distance.
For comparison sake, Ultra Green v10 is roughly 3 to 4 times brighter than Ultra Blue. Ultra Green v10 specs in at around 33,000mcd, while Ultra Blue is about 9,000mcd. I personally don't care too much for the blue, as it is dull in comparison to the green. I only make the blue for those who want two fobs near each other, in the dark, and need to distinguish between the two colors. If you are going to attach a fob to something you want to find in the dark, I would definitely recommend getting the green!!!
In normal use, I can open my combination safe in the dark using one charged, green, key fob for light. They are bright enough to read in the dark with (when well charged), but it wouldn't be my choice to use them for such.
For uses, I've got them all over my house. I have them on every set of keys we have. I've got some on the lanyards to my flashlights. I have the Old Style Large fobs on the pull chains of our ceiling fans and I'm also using them as zipper pulls on our coats. (I haven't broken one yet, but I grab the pull chain and the fob, not just the fob). I'm hoping that using them as a pull won't break them. So far though, no breakage yet. Bear in mind, I build these as key fobs to hang on key rings or on flashlight lanyards. If using them as a weight bearing (pull chain) item, I really don't know at this point how long they will last before breaking (actually 5 years so far on my ceiling fans, with no issues) at the drill hole near the top. I've had absolutely no problems with them using them for their intended purpose...key fobs. Sorry for the long-windedness, I'm just trying to prevent people from being upset if they break one while yanking on it to turn on their ceiling fan or such. I prefer happy customers. So far with many thousands of these sold, there have been absolutely no complaints!!!!
Occasionally I'll make some Jumbo fobs in longer lengths. The longer sizes are typically 2" long and 4" long, with the 2" version selling for $8.00, and 4" version selling for $12.00. The jumbos are big, heavy items, and their glow is equivalent to the New Style Large fobs as they hold the same amount of glow mix, but they far surpasses the next brightest fob I make, which is the medium. The Jumbos hold more than 3 times the amount of glow material compared to the medium fobs (compared using identical length tubes).
The prices per fob are listed above.
Shipping within the US is only $2.00 whether you order 1 or 10 fobs. For larger orders, I'd have to charge the actual amount that the post office charges me. I'll quote shipping prices as necessary for larger orders.
Shipping to Canada is $3.00
Shipping to the following areas I do a little differently...
Shipping to Europe...I ask for $4.00
Shipping to South America I ask for $6.00
Shipping to Singapore, Malaysia, Australia & New Zealand I ask for $6.00
When the package ships, Whatever the post office charges me , if it less than you paid me, I'll refund the difference. This way I make no profit on the shipping, and you pay only what the post office charges me. I think that's a fair way to do it.
The fobs are made by hand, one by one, so no two are exactly alike. If I don't like the way it comes out, it doesn't get sold (I'm somewhat of a perfectionist). The items pictured look as though they have some weird angles on them, but that was due to the camera lens at macro distances. The actual shipping products look much, much better than the pictures show.
They are each individually packaged in a zip lock envelope, and then the zip locks are placed in a padded bubble mailer or "Indestructo" Box.
When i post that I have some fobs available for sale, if you are interested, please post in this thread which sizes and colors you would like. It's hard for me to keep track if you send a PM. Posting in the thread makes it easier for me to keep track.
Please don't send me any funds in advance. If you are interested in fobs, just post on the thread, and when the fobs are ready I will let you know it's OK to send funds.
My PayPal address is: email@example.com
Please include your Candlepower Screen Name and your complete mailing information in the Paypal, so I can match up the PayPals with the postings on the forum.
If the package is to be delivered outside the US, I ask that you PM me with your address, exactly as it should be written on the mailer. Some foreign addresses are in a format that's quite different than that used here in the states. If you PM the address in the proper format, then neither of us have to worry about me writing it improperly.
From left to right: Merkava DIY Tritium fob, small fob, medium fob, Old Style Large fob
Picture was taken moments after the fobs were charged with a flashlight.
From left to right: Medium fob, Old Style Large, Medium (long), 3 Jumbos