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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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rainbowmermaid Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
So great! best regards!
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Tsukiko-Rain Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Not sure if anyone's asked this yet or not, but is it possible to layer colors in one jewel? I'm trying to find a better option for a project I'm working on instead of what was used in the original. ^^;;
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, this may work if you let each individual layer completely cure before pouring the next one? However, you're bounded by 'gravity', if that makes sense--you would pour a partial color into the gem mold, and it would fill the bottom. Then the next layer would fill it and they would go from the 'front' to the 'back' of the jewel. This might look neat for spherical gems, though you might get a 'muddy' color looking through the first color because it would have every color behind it (and form kind of a multi-color brown). But, it would allow you to have 'rings' of color coming out from the center! Layering the colors wouldn't work with any other shape, methinks.
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yoleeisbored Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you soo much
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xVashster Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Thank you for sharing! This is a fantastic tutorial and very easy to follow!
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beemera Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
can you spray a silicone mould for these and use that instead of the plastic??
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I would imagine you can do that! Keep in mind that the resin produces an exothermic reaction, so the resin may stick to the silicone mold--just make sure you use lots of mold release or some other form of barrier, or in the worst case scenario destroy the mold to peel it off at the end. I would run a test first!
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beemera Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thanks! Just thought it might be quicker to pop the resin out of a silicone mould is all! :3
Experiment time!! :D
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Kai-Goddess Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
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 Featured By Owner 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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