Okay since I’m going to be doing a Raven (Teen Titans) cosplay I figured I would show my way of making the belt since there aren’t many out there.
Lets get started!
Alright so to make my gems I actually used some sculpting clay. I was going to try and make the resin gems but it was super expensive and I couldn’t find a mold for the size I needed.
This is Fimo oven bake clay. I got this at Michael’s for 1 dollar each. (there was some special I got them all for like $3 because I bought 6 I don’t remember) I bought about 5-6 and half or a little less is enough to make one gem. You’ll be making six. The clay is easy to manipulate and you can use a little water to smooth it out if there are any lumps and to get the round shape you want. I bought extra so if there were any mishaps.
Now for the gold part that goes around the gems I used these
These are fasteners for the holes in bags to put your handles through but we wont be using them for that. These were the most expensive thing I bought. It was around $10.99 +tax.
Now below here if you look in the casing you can see ones with a flat bottom and ones with a part sticking out. You’re going to be using the ones withe flat bottoms.
For the belt chain, I bought two necklace chains at Wal-mart for under $3 dollars each. Now there’s two in each loop and I guess you can pull them apart that’s up to you. I also spray painted them gold because well…I couldn’t find gold ones.
It’s not actually attached yet. You will also need a bottle of clear nail polish and a hot glue gun.
Now for the process portion. Make sure you are doing this on a flat surface. To start, I grabbed about half of the square of clay and put it in the middle of the hole. I pressed it down so it would widen out and this is when I dabbed my finger with a little water trying to smooth it to the shape I needed. After you’re done making it pop it out gently from the bottom and repeat it 5 more times and make a couple of extra.
Next, per-heat your over to the temperature instructed on the packaging and leave them in for said time. (for Fimo its 20 mins) You can use a regular baking tray. When they come out they will have a matte texture to them. To make them shine like actual gems use two coats of clear nail polish.
Next you can start putting your gems back into the holes. I used hot glue so if I messed up they would be easier to pop out. Glue it along the back side like so
And TA-DA you’re done making your gems!
EDIT IMPORTANT: Hi guys! Two lovely people have given me great suggestions for this for using E-6000. You guys can glue (E-6000) a piece of wire to the gem to attach it to the belt. Do NOT use hot glue if you’re going to directly attach it to the belt, the E-6000 will hold it better!
Cost total: $20-$25
Time: 2-3 hours
Good luck everyone! Feel free to message me with any questions!