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Cosplay tips - faking an Opal

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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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would this work ok with jut regular acrylic paint too?
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SilverHowlerHobbyist 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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TopazBunny99Student Traditional Artist
This is genius!
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IAmADerpForSokiHobbyist General Artist
Ah this is what i needed for my Homura gem!
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SalauraHobbyist 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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That is a really good idea!
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CooroSnowFoxStudent Photographer
This looks a very good way of doing it :D
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suus777Hobbyist Photographer
You're a genius.
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artofmelancholyHobbyist General Artist
This is really neat!
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bee-cosplayHobbyist General Artist
I never would have thought of that. You're a genius.
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Charlene-ArtHobbyist General Artist
So simple, so brilliant! Well done!
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BotanyaHobbyist Writer
This will be a huge help for my next cosplay!
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Diamondd-DreamsHobbyist 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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KirschSalvatorHobbyist Artisan Crafter
could I use these fake gems with sculpey clay in the oven?
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AnimeFreak434Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Genius!! I am so going to do this right now! Thank you so much for the idea!
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issuldraHobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful for gem-heavy costumes
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Yeah I love this tutorial!! I will use it soon, beacause I want to make Kijin cosplay (Yami no Matsuei).... ^^
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Hello I mentioned you on my picture because I used your technique. Thanks for your very good tutorial :D

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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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tenshiauraHobbyist General Artist
i like the way it turned out! :D
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Was browsing a cosplay group's tutorial gallery and found this, these are beautiful :D
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