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11 Dec 2007 - 21:261280
Making jewels
Looking at that thread about Fimo reminded me of something I've been meaning to ask for a while ~ is there any way of making jewels or other transparent items other than resin casting? Because resin kits are sooo expensive and it takes ages. I have tried using supposedly "transparent" fimo, but even after I baked it, it wasn't transparent at all! Any help appreciated, thanks <3


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12 Dec 2007 - 06:201282
I've never tried making jewels. Usually I'll look for something close on a piece of costume jewellery and dismantle that for the bits I want


12 Dec 2007 - 16:141284
I actually had a thought about this the other week but haven't had a chance to try it out.

How about using clear hot glue for the material (hot glue moulding is apparently quite simple, cheap and fun) and painting it with something like glass paint or translucent spray paint? It would give more of a translucent material rather than clear I guess, but might look okay? My other worry would be that the glue would be flexible but the paint not so much, there could be ways around it though.

Anyone tried this, or think it would work? (Or am I just having another crazy idea that wont ever work XD)


12 Dec 2007 - 16:281285
Actually, Delusional's just hit on something vaguely related to what I was going to suggest.

I spotted these in an art shop recently. Ready-made clear shapes, paint the base to create a coloured gem. Yeah, it's not exactly making your own gems, but at least you get control over the colour, and a decent gem-like translucent-y effect. No idea what range of sizes and shapes they come in, but certainly if they sell those, making your own shape from hot glue, and painting the base might work too!

Casting hot glue is certainly cheaper and more available than resin. You could also probably buy something already in the shape of a gem instead of having to make a mould, but could make specific moulds too. Not sure if simply paint on the base would work, but painting the entire gem should be fine too.


24 Dec 2007 - 01:331297
Thanks so much for your help guys! All those suggestions were useful actually.

I probably won't go with the painting the clear gems idea though, 'cos it was the size and shape of the gems I had a problem with, not the colour so much (besides, there are plenty of bead/accessory shops on London which sell different coloured gems)

I had toyed with the idea of using hot glue before, but I wasn't sure if the heat of the glue would affect the plaster. But that tutorial was really useful, I might even start using hot glue instead of latex for some items. Thanks Angela!

Kat ~ I don't think it would be a problem if they didn't come out completely transparent. Actually it's probably better cos I wouldn't want the colour of the fabric showing through.

I think painting them with glass paint is a great idea! I also heard somewhere that you can stick foil to the back of the gems to make the colour show up more. I don't think it would be a problem that the glue was softer than the paint, as I wouldn't be moving the gems once they were attached, so I assume the paint would only serve to harden it??

Ailsa ~ haha good idea about detaching the gems from other things. I noticed that clothes and accessories with big gems on them seem to be in fashion this season. Primark are selling lots of jewellery and clothes with gems attached at avery cheap price (especially in the kids' section!) I should stock up for future projects LOL


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30 Dec 2007 - 21:391330
You can cast (that's a bit like an ice tray, right?) pva too, put a few drops of food colouring/ink/dye in the mix and leave it somewhere warm/dry. I does take ages to dry though.

Par example: http://www.hitentertainment.com/artattacK/menu_artattacks.html

*dances to the theme tune in a geeky fashion* Dude, seriously, Art Attack & SMart are great for cosplay tips. That may not be what they're intended for, but the totally work.


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