If you need to make faux gems for cosplay or props, you have several options of varying difficulty. You can cast them from resin, you can use clear decorative stones like the kind you’d fill a vase with and add paint or nail polish to them, you can use TranspArt (transparent Worbla), or you can use molds from Mod Podge. Cosplayer Tabby Cat Mittens, also known as Rachel, recently tried them for a crown she’s making for a Shiro costume from No Game No Life. The molds are affordable and reusable and come in a variety of shapes. They work with Mod Melts, which are like glue sticks — they come in different colors so you don’t have to mess around with paint. Rachel said:
So I know I’m not the only impatient and broke cosplayer out there to make resin castes gems. Don’t get me wrong I still cast resin gems! But while I work I was thinking of how much gems don’t have a mold and I don’t have the skill to make molds (and again patience LOL) and then I discovered Mod Podge molds!! The molds are cheap and the glue sticks for it as well! Plus it dries in 10 minutes!! Then you can easily cut them to alter it and paint away!
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.