First of all, for those of you who know how to cast resin, don't bother with this. This is for people who can't or don't want to deal with chemicals of any sort, or deal with glues or any other type of molding compounds that get hot and/or have fumes.
So, this started because I'm making a Magic Knight Rayearth cosplay. For those of you who don't know, there are a boatload of shiny happy gems of medium size on these things. I can't resin cast in my tiny apartment, and frankly don't want to. So, what's a girl to do? For the larger gems, I'm using half-cut christmas ornaments, so that's taken care of, but for the medium sized gems I figured this quick, easy method out. Hope it helps somebody.
I say mini-tutorial because there are no pictures, but it's pretty easy to explain the process. PM me for questions:
- Cling wrap/Saran wrap/plastic wrap...whatever you call it
- Paint tray. Like This or similar
Don't worry, we won't be ruining it.
- Fine-to-medium grit sandpaper(s)
- Crayola model magic clay. Any air-dry clay would work, I guess. I use MM.
- Acrylic or spray paint, gloss, paint brushes, etc.
- A few days for drying/painting
1. Take your paint tray and a piece of plastic wrap large enough to more than cover 1 of the circular holes. Place plastic wrap on top of hole.
2. Roll a ball of model magic out. Squish into paint tray hole, on top of plastic wrap. For a nice size gem, make sure the model magic is all the way to the top of the mold.
3. Remove by lifting up plastic wrap. Don't worry about the little creases on the clay. Shape if desired (rounding, pointing, etc). Let dry at least 24-48 hours.
4. Sand edges and creases away. Wipe off with damp cloth. Paint. Gloss. Done.
Oooo...pretty and shiny. Although not near as accurate and pretty as a resin gem, it's a cheap and easy method that gets the job done well and looks pretty darn good if you use enough gloss. Also, they are light and easy to glue onto surfaces. You can do this with pretty much any mold, I assume.