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08 Sep 2012 - 13:3290652
Help needed: Skyward Sword Zelda gem

I am making a SS Zelda cosplay, and I need a bit of help on the gem on the front of her dress.

Here is my referance picture, drawn by moxie2D on DA:

The gem is the one on the front of her dress, just under her neckline. I allready have a sort-of mould, made out of cardboard. I have tried making a better mould, but It didn't work. I have tried making the actual gem out of hot glue, but it failed.

I don't really know how else to make it. Can I have some help please?

08 Sep 2012 - 16:3190657
For the diamond shaped gems on my Serah bowblade I used a mould and cast them out of plaster of paris.

First I made a diamond out of clay and left it over night to dry.

Next I used some siligum to create the mold. I pressed the clay diamond into the mould, left it to solidify (or whatever it does) and after about 15 minutes I had my silicone mould.
This is what I used ->

Once I had created the silicone mould, I filled it with plaster of paris. When the plaster had set I turned it out and tada! I had my diamond. I gave it a light sanding then primed and painted it.

I wanted to cast them using resin, but it was too expensive

Hope this sort of helps. I originally bought the siligum with the intention of using it for a SS Zelda cosplay.

Last edited by yumcarrots (08 Sep 2012 - 16:34)
08 Sep 2012 - 17:4990661
Thanks! I might get the putty (that stuff sounds cool!) Or I might just make the gem out of Fimo instead ^.^ If I'm going to be making the gem for the mould, I might as well make the gem from Fimo insted of clay and just use that. But thank you so much anyway!

19 Sep 2012 - 01:2691205
The problem with the Fimo is that the gems won't be clear. Also I have found Fimo hard to work with an just down right brittle in my experience :S If you definatly want to stick with a polymer clay though I highly recommed milliput - I use it for everything *^_^* Unfortunatly it does need painting but it takes all acrylics so you can get some really wonderful effective with the paint job - making it shiny shiny - that you won't get with Fimo. Only because everything I've ever made with Fimo bar two items has broken, chipped or cracked With Milliput I've never had anything break You can pick it up on ebay - avoid buying it in places like hobbycraft as they will rip you off. It's available in different colours and conssitancies but to behonest the bog standard yellow-grey is the best

Just so you have another option

19 Sep 2012 - 06:5391213

I've never had any of my Fimo break, though. I made my gem, and then gave it a coat of liquid embosser, to make it shiny. It actually came out really well.

19 Sep 2012 - 07:3491216
If you are making an opaque gem, there are a number of tutorials aimed at wargamers for making things look like gems by painting light reflections.

For example I found this one for rounded gems with a quick web search.

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