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DIY treasure pouch
« on: August 15, 2016, 16:00 »
i did my first beach search this morning and found the usual crap and some gems as you'll see in the photo.  not quite enough to retire on though.  what did quickly become apparent was the unsuitabilty of using a front mounted bum bag for all the "treasure".  difficult to remember which compartment good and bad finds went into, fiddley to put stuff in even with thin gloves and no room for the kids toys.
so i've adapted an icecream tub on a proper belt to see how that goes.  it should solve all the mentioned problems apart from looking pretty weird.  might have to paint it black if it's a keeper - cheers,  pete
by the way, is it possible to get that 20c coin back up the spendable condition?
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Re: DIY treasure pouch
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2016, 18:27 »
I've used the little bum bags as well, and they are sort of OK, but I've already had two that have failed/broken.  I've used a cheap satchel, which also blew out pretty quickly.  I now use a proper satchel with a shoulder strap.  It is a sturdy beast, a fashion statement, and even cost a pretty penny. It is has lasted well, and I've used it almost weekly for about a year.  It still hasn't lost its zipper, tags and doesn't have any holes in it.  It is big enough to store all my accoutrements (screwdriver, pliers, digging tool, shovel, and pinpointer), and big enough to fill with junk and scrap.  On the beach I ditch all the digging tools and replace with a water bottle.  It has two main compartments, two tiny compartments (great for batteries) and another compartment with a zipper (really good for the coins and valuable stuff).  With that many compartments I'm sure it was designed for a detectorist (or maybe a female).

I never thought of using a ice cream bucket; might work really well and be a great alternative.  In detecting, we don't worry about what looks good, rather what works best (a beach goer recently referred to our sport as being nerdy).  And yes, I do get plenty of looks.

Paddlepop, I'm glad you're getting into the sport.  Enjoy!

PS.  For cleaning of the 20 cent coin, there are a variety of options to make the coin presentable (plenty on this forum).  I normally soak them in CLR for a while, then wash them off.  They then go into the coin jar and off to the bank.  If the bank's machine rejects the coin, then it must be no good, and I'll keep those aside and one day I'll take them to the bank and change them over the counter.  If you really want it nice and shiny, you can use a Dremel type tool with a wire brush.  If they are too worn, then nothing much will help.
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Re: DIY treasure pouch
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2016, 18:53 »
Soaking in vinegar will turn it pink, a single coin just run a wire brush across it.
The coin machine at the bank doesn't care what it looks like.
Keep it up, you will see many more like it.
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Re: DIY treasure pouch
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2016, 19:01 »
+1 on the rock tumbler, bought a Cheepie that's cleaned thousands in coin ;D , army bag for me too & it works well.   
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Re: DIY treasure pouch
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2016, 19:06 »
Sounds like the tumbler is the way to go.  Good advice.
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Re: DIY treasure pouch
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2016, 23:12 »
I reckon the coin will go through the bank counter. I soak mine in clr for a couple of days to get the mud and dirt off and they are still mostly black/ brown when I tip them in the coin machine. It's not worth my time to clean the coins too much. The bank can sort that out. That's their job and they get paid to do it. Or just hand them over the counter at shops when you buy stuff, you do get funny looks and some try reject it but it's still legal tender and as far as I'm aware they must accept it
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Re: DIY treasure pouch
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2016, 07:42 »
thanks for all the replies chaps they are very helpful and encouraging.  i like the idea of the icecream tub being in the front but i also have an over the shoulder spare ammo bag so i'll try that too
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Re: DIY treasure pouch
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2016, 09:42 »
I use a toolbelt for my finds. My wife bought me this quite fancy one. 3 pockets, no messing around with zips, and nothing ever falls out of it. Replaced the hammer and chisel holders with my Pointer and Lesche holders. I'm very happy with it.

http://www.tradetime.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=34&zenid=872554c55f1a1191d3d9a7aa10792e1c


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Re: DIY treasure pouch
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2016, 11:54 »
I use a toolbelt for my finds. My wife bought me this quite fancy one. 3 pockets, no messing around with zips, and nothing ever falls out of it. Replaced the hammer and chisel holders with my Pointer and Lesche holders. I'm very happy with it.

http://www.tradetime.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=34&zenid=872554c55f1a1191d3d9a7aa10792e1c


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