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Tutorial: Cosplay Jewel-Making by cafe-lalonde Tutorial: Cosplay Jewel-Making by cafe-lalonde
Painless, and hopefully profitable for the cosplay crowd out there. I have to cast a large quantity of half-dollar sized dome jewels for Nia, and the experience has been kinda fun, so I thought I'd share it with you all. ^^

Thanks to HCC Cosplay for inspiring/instructing me to make them, though I found my own method, which is what this tutorial illustrates.

Aaaand thanks to ~spiked-stock, who pointed me in the direction of that site AND is keeping me sane while I make my Nia costume. x3 And is the best sewing teacher ever--I crashed her room for five hours the other night to make my skirt.

Hope this is helpful! Post if you have any questions!
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:iconkai-goddess:
Is there anyway you can cut them into shape while wet? Or I think I may need to make my own molds somehow xD  

Nice to see it laid out so well! Thanks :D
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cafe-lalonde Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You can cut them once they get to the 'gummy' consistency (after about 7 or 8 hours!), I've done that~ You can't cut them while they're still liquid-based OR when they've totally cured, so just keep poking the back of them after they've solidified a bit!
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:iconkai-goddess:
Good to know! Need to make odd shaped triangles/diamonds for a large chakram throwing blade. Has 8 of them on. Hoping I can mold one, cut it, then make a latex cast to replicate it. Thank you!!!!! 
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:iconflamingchibi:
Could you use acrylic paints to color the resin instead? I cant find the resin dye anywhere in my area. Also where can I find larger molds, because the store didnt even have the size I needed. 
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cafe-lalonde Mar 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! I throw in some appropriately-colored acrylic paint to color the gems all the time. Don't use TOO much or it'll turn them opaque, or you can also pour the gems clear and paint the backs of them to give them the color you want.

As for other places to find molds, I would try Amazon!
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Halowing Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This could work on mine~~ 
super awesome~
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NodokaChan1 Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, this is very helpful. How do you attach the gems to the fabric?
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cafe-lalonde Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I usually just glue them :D
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NodokaChan1 Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Huh. That simple? Just a fabric or hot glue?
They are really pretty though. Thanks for replying.
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Nico-Mac Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Do you know any online stores where one could buy those supplies? I'm asking because we don't have any of the stores you mentioned in Sweden ;w;
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