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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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smashcosplay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Finally! Easy to follow instructions! Can't wait to try this out :)
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck!! :D
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Dragona15 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What wonderful tutorial :heart:
I was wondering if you could tell me a bit more about the resin. Does it have to be that specific set with the hardener or can I buy other kinds of resin? Art based things are hard to come by around my place XD
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The process of casting "real" polyester resin is more difficult, must be completed outdoors, and involves different proportions of the resin + hardener than I mention in this tutorial! This was mostly meant to be the easiest-possible process to getting resin gems, and involves this resin "epoxy" (doesn't dry as rock-hard, potentially less pure, etc) instead of the real stuff. That's why I mention that specific brand as opposed to this being a generic tutorial on how to cast resin! (I hope that makes sense)
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Dragona15 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy gee, I have tried polyester resin after some time since I see this lovely tutorial, and I have to say I like it. Despite the smell, it goes away after a few weeks and I can work the resin with some sandpapering and grinding work :P
The biggest problem in itself is get the molds done before casting the resin XD
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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SethKirklandJones Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do you attack them to fabric?
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I just use hot glue! :D
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DerGamerArtist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
(*attach c:)
You'll have to use fabric glue.
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SethKirklandJones Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay thanks never used them and doing dark magician girl
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014   General Artist
Oh wow, this is really helpful!!! What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing! :D
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Of course! :D I hope it's helpful to you!!
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014   General Artist
Yes! Thank you!!! :D
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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 Oct 23, 2014  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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Tsukiko-Rain Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
Alright, thanks! I was planning on using the tutorial to make eyes for a plushie I'm going to make. I think the first color can be muddy since that part is supposed to be either brown or black. ^.^ 
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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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Kai-Goddess Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
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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flamingchibi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This could work on mine~~ 
super awesome~
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NodokaChan1 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I usually just glue them :D
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NodokaChan1 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I believe you can buy it on Amazon.com, if you are able to import it from other countries! ;w;
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Nico-Mac Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student General Artist
okay I shall try that, thank you ^^
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xela975 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
So you don't need a mask for casting resin
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MickeyTaei Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This could totally help with working on my Magical Girl god tier cosplay! :33
Thank you for posting and hope you have an awesome New Year! :iconhuggleplz:
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck with it!! :D
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Vert-Vixen Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks for the tutorial your gems look amazing!

-VV<3
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! I hope it's helpful to you :D
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Vert-Vixen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Extremely <3
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AliceinIvory Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Sorry if this was mentioned or asked before, but any tips on actually sticking the jewels directly onto textiles?? Like Sailor moon's brooch??? Thanks!
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My only tip would be to definitely back the jewels in something! i.e. aluminum foil, or just a piece of paper, first--because the jewels are clear, the pattern of your glue shows through. So I would VERY much recommend you spray foil or paper with spray adhesive, which coats it evenly, before sticking it to the back of your jewels. When I did Nia, I just hot glued in a squiggly/spiral pattern directly on the back of the jewel and stuck it to my belt, but then you could see the drawn 'glue' lines through the jewel, so putting a layer of paper or foil between them is optimal. I hope that helps!
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Tzigana Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
What did you use to cast the large gem on your belt (the middle circle one)? I need to make something similar, but I can't find the right depth for casting. You do beautiful work. :)
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! I used a deep circular bowl mold, like in the pic here: www.whatishcc.com/tutorials/im… which I believe I ordered from TAP Plastics at the time but I'm not sure it exists anymore? I would google 'dome mold' or something similar! Good luck :D
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fartings Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would i be able to make a Flame Princess head piece with this tutorial or are the diamond corners too pointed?
if they are, can you shape these into a shape you want?
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You should be able to do that if you use a mold that can be destroyed/torn away (like a cheap soap mold--I did diamond-shaped jewels for Franziska von Karma in a similar manner), or by using a knife or very sharp scissors while the resin is still 'gummy' :)
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fartings Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!! 
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oragamiknight Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is amaaaazing :D 
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cafe-lalonde Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D Hope it's helpful!
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