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17 Jan 2009 - 13:179832
Sakura's gem thingieees
Technical term, that.

I've started (Tsubasa) Sakura's Clow costume, but have realised that I have no idea how to do those gem things on her shirt/skirt tie.

I was thinking about using tissue paper to make a papier machie version, but then I have no idea how to fix it to the costume, because it'd need to be able to come off for washing.

Does anyone else have any good ideas? If you've already made her costume I'd love to know how you managed it.

References for those who need a reminder:
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l176/Swiya/Tsubasa%20Chronicle/sakura_hime_kepdf.jpg
http://www.blackcerenity.com/pics/tsubasa.jpg


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17 Jan 2009 - 17:199837
When I made mine I used fimo, i was going to coat them with varnish to make them shiny but didn't have the time nor money to as I was busy painting my coins [they took ages I tell you!]. I simply stuck them on with hot glue, every now and then they'd pop off if I didn't put enough on but otherwise they stay on really well! I actually like the fimo look - however you wouldn't be able to wash it in a washing machine ;-;


17 Jan 2009 - 17:459838
Well yeah you can use fimo, but instead of gluing them, you can have a "scratch" systeme.

http://www.blogeee.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/fabrixreview/8.jpg

One part on your fabric, the other one on the back of the fimo, and if it's properly done, no one will see the difference : )

For the big one, you can use a plastic ball as well, the split in half, and you can make a base behind with craft foam or paper, and scratch or glue them together, and on your fabric.

^^



Last edited by Clows (17 Jan 2009 - 17:50)
18 Jan 2009 - 13:189854
Thank you! Fimo is a good idea, it hadn't even occurred to me. With some velcro it should work nicely.


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18 Jan 2009 - 13:289855
yeah fimo best bet for most things like this ^^


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19 Jan 2009 - 01:479867
i'd use milliput, which can be push moulded or hand sculpted and smoothed with water. it air dries too, so no fuss like with fimo.

another option is Kneadatite (aka greenstuff sold by games workshop, but for 50 times it's shelf price) which is a nice epoxy sculpting medium.

both would need painting, but with a few acrylics that's an easy task

oh... and buy kneadatite from here...

http://www.sylmasta.com/acatalog/Kneadatite_Putties.html


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Last edited by xaerael (19 Jan 2009 - 02:09)
19 Jan 2009 - 08:599870
For Ivy's gems I used clear resin mixed with green acrylic. Resin is horrible stuff though, so I don't recommend trying it. The only reason I had a go at it was because I needed to make several copies of things like Eggman's buckles, so I made a mould and resin cast them. There were 8 of them, so it was needed to get them all the same.

If you're interested in using resin though it does have the advantage of being able to take the perfect shape of whatever you pour it into- I always find that fimo or other sculptable stuff tends to look wobbly if I try to make it into circles. Resin I just pour into little bowls and they come out smooth.

If you want to know more I can answer your questions on it.

Tab


19 Jan 2009 - 09:019871
Thanks, but I've just found out you can get translucent and metallic colours for fimo (plus it's cheapish!) so I think I'll be going with that. ^^


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19 Jan 2009 - 12:069875
If you’re using Fimo or another clay, try embedding a snap, or a shank button or something into it before you bake it/it hardens. That way you have a way to attach it to your costume, which is securely attached to your gem without the need for glue. You can then sew the other half of the snap to the costume, or treat the gem like a button and sew it on. Not that using a strong glue, or glue to attach Velcro to the gems wouldn't be ok, but it's worth thinking up a few methods and deciding which suits you best.

Another thought is if you can find things the right shape (a small bowl, paint mix trays) you could use them as moulds - pressing in the clay to get a neat, even rounded shape.

If you still want to look into other techniques, this explains using Christmas decorations, which might work for some of your circular shaped gems. It’s also got links to resin casting tutorials if you feel adventurous!



Last edited by Angelphie (19 Jan 2009 - 12:08)
19 Jan 2009 - 12:359877
I attached large fimo buttons by gluing a large popper to the back and sewing it's mate to the costume. For something with a large surface area you'd need more than one to make sure it doesn't flap around


20 Jan 2009 - 00:429892
Quote Angelphie:


Another thought is if you can find things the right shape (a small bowl, paint mix trays) you could use them as moulds - pressing in the clay to get a neat, even rounded shape.


I was thinking about that actually. It's what I normally do.

And I'll probably end up gluing either a popper or velcro to the back.

Thanks for the ideas, guys! ^^


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