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Cosplay tips - faking an Opal by rubyd Cosplay tips - faking an Opal by rubyd
Not sure how much use anyone would be able to get out of this, but I love it when others put up some cosplay/craft tutorials rather than keeping it some kind of trade secret. :)

Also, the hat on the bottom right is for the character of Kijin from Yami no Matsuei (manga). A friend is considering cosplaying him and I wanted to try making the hat. :D


Update: You can apply the nail-polish effect to the backs of the fake plastic gems from Michael's or any craft store, as long as it's clear and has a flat back.
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
would this work ok with jut regular acrylic paint too?
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:iconsilverhowler:
SilverHowler Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Highly doubtful. Even metallic acrylics don't get the same shine and shimmer to them. But you can try, fishtank rocks are cheap so it's not like you're losing much. 

I just bought some nice nail polishes from the dollar store so I'm not using really expensive ones.
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:icontopazbunny99:
TopazBunny99 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is genius!
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:iconiamaderpforsoki:
IAmADerpForSoki Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah this is what i needed for my Homura gem!
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:iconazureresonata:
AzureResonata Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Briliant.
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:icontorazola:
Torazola Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Ooh! Neato! :)
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:iconsalaura:
Salaura Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought of this!! Brilliant!

I'll have to make some fake opal gems for my halloween wizard costume!
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:iconbringbackthedodo:
BringBackTheDodo Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
That is a really good idea!
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:iconcoorosnowfox:
CooroSnowFox Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Photographer
This looks a very good way of doing it :D
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:iconsuus777:
suus777 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're a genius.
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:iconartofmelancholy:
artofmelancholy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really neat!
:huggle:
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:iconbee-cosplay:
bee-cosplay Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I never would have thought of that. You're a genius.
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:iconcharlene-art:
Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So simple, so brilliant! Well done!
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:iconbotanya:
Botanya Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This will be a huge help for my next cosplay!
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:icondiamondd-dreams:
Diamondd-Dreams Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got some of these with aset to make magnets from and jewellery, I can do it with them, ialso have some green and pink ones for my old fish tank :D
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:iconkirschsalvator:
KirschSalvator Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
could I use these fake gems with sculpey clay in the oven?
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:iconanimefreak434:
AnimeFreak434 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Genius!! I am so going to do this right now! Thank you so much for the idea!
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:iconissuldra:
issuldra Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful for gem-heavy costumes
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:iconbunnysaito:
BunnySaito Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist
Yeah I love this tutorial!! I will use it soon, beacause I want to make Kijin cosplay (Yami no Matsuei).... ^^
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:iconchibifool:
chibifool Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
good idea :O
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:iconchipie2485:
chipie2485 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Hello I mentioned you on my picture because I used your technique. Thanks for your very good tutorial :D

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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Neat. I'm an opal junkie in my wirework, but cool to see how to make costume friendly ones. And I certainly have the nailpolish :D
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tenshiaura Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the way it turned out! :D
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:iconhoneybreeze1:
honeybreeze1 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Was browsing a cosplay group's tutorial gallery and found this, these are beautiful :D
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:iconshinjusworkshop:
ShinjusWorkshop Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is very useful! thank you!
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:iconbeefboy:
Beefboy Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Student General Artist
always want to know how some ppl made those thank for the help
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:iconlittle-nuri:
little-nuri Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
thanks so much... that really helps me a lot! :D
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:iconlittlemissmetamorph:
LittleMissMetamorph Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
great tip on creating gems! thanks for sharing
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demon2091 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student General Artist
This is actually pretty cool! I never thought to do that! Now I have a question for you. I'm currently running this Tumblr... site... account... thing... CALLED Epic Cosplay. I was wonder if I could feature your tutorial on there. You can see the site here: [link]
Check it out before you decide. I would credit you of course, so don't worry about that. Thanks for your time! :) Happy Cosplaying!
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:iconkoryxiii:
KoryXIII Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Great idea! ^_^
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:iconladyteaspoon:
LadyTeaspoon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing this tutorial :D
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:iconcdsh:
CDSH Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student General Artist
That's really interesting! Not the most common embellishment, true, but useful for the occasional random times of cosplaying need. ^__^

My sister left a ton of her nail polish here when she moved out; I think I might try that. =D
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Lailelyn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
So u only painted the back of these gems with nail polish?
Well that's really smart! I'll be helpfull for my cosplay! Ty very much for uploading!
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AtalantaRan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   Writer
Great idea!
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:iconusak0u:
usak0u Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
very simple and awesome!
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:iconjewel-jewellie:
jewel-jewellie Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Hello dear, i wanna ask, if it works on other materials; wood?
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:iconrighteousrose:
RighteousRose Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Ooooo! Never thought about doing something like that! Awesome tutorial!
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:iconrandom-star:
Random-Star Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very clever tutorial, incredibly economical. And the result is so pretty. :) I'll have to try this some time. :D
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:iconchroniclerofechoes:
ChroniclerofEchoes Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
This is fabulous! Thankies for sharing :3
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:iconsingingnight:
SingingNight Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
beautifully done =)
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:iconadrawer4ever:
adrawer4ever Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010   General Artist
This is ingenious and economical! =D

Thanks for sharing.
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Domyras Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
i was planning on making a sword using some red giant diamond like things, this could actually work :D
thank you SO much :D
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:iconcullo66:
cullo66 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Student Filmographer
thats so cool!!!!!!! im totally going to try that (even though im not cosplaying at the moment)
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:icondukesawolf:
dukesawolf Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is the coolest thing I have seen since I have been here in DA (yesterday)!

*clap*clap*clap*

I am sure to try this one out!! :3
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Star-Hanabi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student General Artist
I have the 2 colors on the right :3 I will definately be trying this <3 I have so many of those beads lying around... and I don't even have an aquarium x__x
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medievallass Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Way cool tutorial I will have to try this some time!

Hayley :floating:
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:iconrd-7391:
RD-7391 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, this is just a good arts & crafts tip. You could use these for anything really. I like this tutorial. Thanks! :)
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:iconhollywoodvoodoo:
HollywoodVoodoo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! I'll definetly be using this for my future cosplays! 8D
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Jupiterkitsune Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh~ I CAN USE THIS
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TheWhiteCrayon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
Clever, clever. What other gemstones would this work with, do you think?
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