So I figured I’d write up a quick tutorial about how I made my Lapis gem for fellow SU cosplayers on a budget. This works really well for Pearl and Lapis gems, but if you find the right mould shape you could easily use it for any other gem too.
- Hot glue and a hot glue gun*
- A mould in the desired shape of your gem (I used a large metal spoon)
- Cooking oil spray
- Nail polish (clear and in the color of your gem) OR paint/sealant of your choice
- Foam sheet or other backing (optional)
- Scissors and/or butter knife (optional)
*PLEASE be careful with the hot glue gun. If it has a lower heat setting, I reccommend unsing that. It will take a little longer but you’ll be less likely to burn yourself (as I did, several times).
1. Spray your mould with the cooking oil spray. This will make your gem easier to get out of the mould when it cools. Trust me, you’ll be grateful for this later.
2. Once the hot glue has heated up, start squeezing it into the mould. It may take a few layers to get it completely full, but the glue should stay warm and moldable as you go. You can use a butter knife to keep the edge clean or smooth out the top, just be careful that it doesn’t get stuck to the glue and mess up all your hard work.
3. Let the glue cool in the mould for a while. You can put it in the fridge to speed up the process if you want, but you need to wait until it has COMPLETELY cooled/solidified before you remove it from the mould.
4. Once the glue has fully cooled, you can start prying it out of the mould. This should be made easier by the cooking oil spray you sprayed on your mould beforehand. Hot glue has a little give, so you should be able to pry it out without messing up the shape AS LONG AS IT IS COMPLETELY COOL. You can use scissors to cut off any excess on the edges so it looks clean and smooth.
5. Now paint your gem with the color you want. I used nail polish because it had the sort of iridescent, gem-like color I wanted, but any other kind of paint should work. It might take a few coats to get it even and solid. You can put a coat or two of clear nail polish or another sealant to protect the color layers.
6. If the back of your gem is really uneven (as it tends to be with hot glue), you can add a backing of foam or another material to make attaching it to your skin/cosplay/etc easier. I just hot glued a sheet of EVA craft foam to the back of mine and cut out around it.
Aaaannnddd you’re done! You now have your very own homemade gem! If you need something cleared up in this tutorial or you have other questions, feel free to message me!
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