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Tenjou
07-23-2002, 10:06 AM
does anyone know where to buy or make a Student Council Duelist Ring? I know there's one on eBay, but it's opening price is $15, and someone's already bid on it, so it will probably get higher and higher in price. and I'm poor!! lol. Help would be nice. ^^ thanks.

-Tenjou

Cynthia
07-23-2002, 02:06 PM
I've seen those rings on ebay sell for $95-so don't even bother. Look you can make one out of sculpty or use a lost wax process. The first one is easier and will take a lot less time.

Just sculpt the dough into a ring on your finger and then add the detail into it afterwards. Then, bake, paint with silver and rose paint-where needed, and you're done.

A lost wax process, which will allow you to make an actual ring out of metal, can be done this way-I only recommend this for experienced cosplayers used to working with dangerous materials. You'll need to buy some parifin wax-you can find it at your local grocery store. Then, melt it in your microwave-this is extremely messy-and while its still flexable mold it on to your finger, slip it back off, and carve the detailing in to it-your main problem will be that the wax will brake or chip off in the wrong places and you'll have to start all over again. After you've made your mold-that's what the wax ring is-you'll need a metal pot-aka a pot use to melt metal in (DON'T USE A STOVE POT AND MELT THE METAL ON YOUR STOVE UNLESS YOU HAVE A DEATH WISH!!!). You can probably find one at your local hardware store-call around. After you've obtained one then you'll need to get silver soder-which can also be found at any local hardware store and easier then the metal pot. You'll want to metal the metal either in an opened garage or on a porch. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO YOU PUT ANYTHING EXCEPT THE METAL IN THE POT-ESPECIALLY WATER UNLESS YOU WANT THIRD, FORTH, AND FIFTH DEGREE BURNS AND LOSS OF CERTAIN BODY PARTS!!! Melt the soder in the pot then place the ring in a container that will hold molten soder and pour the melted soder over the ring-this will make the mold for the ring-bear with me not all the instructions to this are completely accurate, but then again if any one is really interested in this PM me and I can ask my source again about it and send you a reply. After the metal has solidified, remove the mold, you'll have to cut the metal in half, then you'll find that where the ring used to be is now a metal mold-thus you lost the wax and that's where you get the name sake. From there you should drill a hold at the top of your mold, close the mold, and pour more soder into it. Then, leave it out to cool. After it's cooled, take a hammer or something similar made out of thick, hardened metal, and hit the outside of the mold until it opens, then remove the ring inside. Add the coloration for the top and then you're done.

Babbit_Chan
07-23-2002, 10:42 PM
If not, the girl who is selling the ring on Ebay has them up for sale on her site IF you're willing to pay $40+S (Depending on your budget ^^)

Here's the link:
http://www27.brinkster.com/opcos/shop.htm

All the information should be there =D

Tenjou
07-24-2002, 07:48 AM
Ooh! *_* thank you soooooo sooo much HarleyQuinn & Babbit_Chan! ^_^ I didn't know they could get so high! U_U $95? oy!! thank you so much for the steps do making the ring Harley. and I didn't know the seller had a website, so thanks Babbit. =D I'll talk to you all soon. thanks again! ^_^

arisuchan
07-24-2002, 09:54 AM
I actually had a ring that i sold on ebay that went for $150. I had picked up one at a con that was too small and then my father bought me another one that actually fit. At cons you can usually find them for around $50 to $60.

Luna
07-27-2002, 09:50 PM
I got mine on Ebay for $200. It looks awesome, but really, then you think about it - you are not going to be walking around and shoving your hand with your ring on into people's faces, nobody ever noticed that I had a ring on, lol, so don't waste your money, make you own. But my ring looks soooooooooooo good! I love it! :-)

Himemiya
07-28-2002, 05:17 PM
I bought a movie-duellist ring at a con for $40. Its a size six -.-; Oh well.
Ebay = ridiculous.
Another way to make it (the ghetto version!) is to find a cheap metal or plastic silver ring with a flat top (with a cross, a flower, whatever). Print out the rose seal or paint on a piece of paper, and hotglue to ring. Ta da! Instant-duellist. Kind of cheap looking up close, but who will be looking that closely, besides the other Utena cosplayers? ^.~

Babbit_Chan
07-28-2002, 09:33 PM
That's true - not everyone notices that awesome ring - if you felt like it you could finish the cover with a shiny watchamacallit ( varnish? sealant? >_<;; )

Bobbi
07-30-2002, 11:36 PM
I actually used my high school class ring. It looked slightly simular. I don't think you could tell from a distance. I was planning on making it out of sculpty, but I was short on time and money.

Uriel_Sama
07-31-2002, 09:45 AM
Wow, you guys found them pretty cheap, actually.
At AX this year, I asw Duelist rings going for about $150. NO BODY bought them, and usually at cons they're the first to go; I know, I've been trying to get one for a few years so I can pull off a Touga or a Saionji costume.
Well, and my friend and I have just been trying to get them, because we both loved Utena, and we both want something to remember each other by when she moves away with her new fiancee.

Tenjou
07-31-2002, 11:03 AM
I saw a really nice one, but I heard it was around $300. e.e I'll have to go cheap then, cause I'm paying for one night at the hotel (shoujocon) my mom's paying for the other night, and we're going halfs on the last night. ^^::: then I need to buy stuff for the costume itself. And I have to save $50 before my first report card for a guitar. ^^ I need a job XD Thank you for everyone who's replying. ^_^ I've been scouring the net for these rings. XD

LiL QoH
07-31-2002, 11:16 AM
I'd try carving it out of wood it'd not only look nice but you could paint it!

Babbit_Chan
08-06-2002, 02:34 AM
The wood is a good idea ^^