WHAT ARE SWAPS?
SWAPS are an easy, fun, inexpensive craft that campers can create to express their unique self, celebrate their favorite fandom, or commemorate an event. SWAPS are a great way for a campers to express their creativity, make new friends, and make special memories. SWAPS are handmade crafts, often with a pin or keychain. They are your own personal trading pin, meant to exchange with others for their SWAPS.
What type of swap should I make?
It’s up to you. Many campers make something fandom related. Pinterest has tons of boards just about SWAPS.
I’m not crafty, should I do this?
Yes! It doesn’t have to be super fancy. They can be as simple as a few pieces of felt glued together. Trust me, you’ll be fine; and you’ll be super sad if you miss out on SWAPS for this reason.
How will I find other people who are swapping?
SWAPS are usually displayed on a hat, backpack, vest, bandana, or some other visible piece of clothing, however, these are usually the ones you have traded for, and want to keep. In our FACEBOOK GROUP, there are events for SWAPS, where swappers will communicate about meet ups throughout the event.
TIPS FROM A CAMPER
So I know a lot of people made SWAPS last year with non porous or heavy materials and hot glued pins to them.
I just wanted to give people the heads up, hot glue will pop off most non porous or heavy materials if strained. High temp hot glue might work, but most people do not have high temp glue guns for craft projects. If you have a small glue gun you got for a few bucks at a craft store and a bag of multi-temp glue sticks, it isn’t high temp . I had about 1/3 of my pins break last year because of the hot glue.
Hot glue works best on fabric or light SWAPS (like felt and ribbons).
E6000 (sold at all craft stores) is the best to use for wood, plastics and metals. It takes a night to dry, but the results are better. I have used it to make a Portuguese knitting pin and that thing has not broken yet even under the strain of me knitting. I also used E6000 for my pins last year which were wooden disks made into hobbit doors.
Amazon.com has 1″ pin backs that are like $2 for 50 that you can just set down into the glue and leave it. So you don’t have to worry about propping anything up in wet glue.
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WHAT IS EPIC NERD CAMP?
At ENC, adults who enjoy gaming, fantasy, and sci-fi can spend up to a week playing tabletop games, live action role-playing, and doing activities IRL that characters do in-game.