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06-09-2002, 02:17 AM
Might anyone have any ideas on making BIG jewels? I really don't think I could find any (they need to be as big as my fist, and round). Sculpy? Paint? Any ideas would be great. Thankies! ^.^

06-09-2002, 07:43 AM
400 grain sandpaper for the seam and 600 grain for the rest of the surface on some of those round smooth SOLID styrofoam balls (not the rough unsmooth kind with the holes everywhere) works wonders.
just get rid of the seam that goes around the ball and sand the whole thing, it'll take paint better if its all sanded.

then you can paint it with nice metalic colors.
i'm not sure about spray paint though, it might eat the foam.
there are some wonderful metalic acryllic paints out there, and they also make powders of this shiney stuff (cant remember what its called but it comes in little baby food looking jars) you can sprinkle on/add that to the paint.

hope that helps. ^^

NOTE: i have trouble typing this hour of the morning on a weekend... -.-; i hope that made sense. ^^;

Lady Somairot
06-09-2002, 11:24 AM
my first thought was sculpy... but if the jewel is as big as your fist, you might want to try something lighter weight, ike model magic. jibrille knows more about that because she's worked with it -- i just saw the results.

if you would use sculpy, you might want to make a mold of some sort underneath it (kinda like paper mache) so that the finished product is hollow -- hence, not too heavy. the paper doesn't burn, apparently, when you bake the sculpy. one of my housemates at kutztown is an art major who did it on some project... i could ask her how exactly she did it, if you'd be interested. ^_~

Lady Somairot
06-09-2002, 11:28 AM
oh yeah! i forgot...

there is a type of metallic spray paint that is styrafoam-safe (and sculpy-safe as i have found out). it's sold at jo-ann's (probably other places too) and it should be right with the acryllic paint.

^_^ ja!

06-09-2002, 01:22 PM
some sculpy type stuff, you must beware of, because it stiffens faster than you can get it to do what you want it to do. Thats why i thought of styrafoam balls.

and also, with sculpy, once it dries, that is safe to use sandpaper on too! ^^ so if any odd lumps or something appear it easily fixed.

between sculpy stuff and styrafoam balls, all should be well. ^^

*high fives Lady Somairot* We rock! LOL! ^^ EYAR!

06-09-2002, 01:53 PM
Thankies all ^.^

06-10-2002, 10:43 AM
I've found nail polish to be a good covering for fake jewels. A layer or two of the color you want over something that's the right shape followed by two layers of clear over it. Works pretty well for me. Don't know what to use as the base for something that size and shape though. For flat gems I usually use those googly-eyes things.