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Unread 04-16-2011, 12:53 PM   #5926
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Clear acrylic will discolour along the cut edges..friction from the cutting tool, and also cuz the cut surface is left rough. You could minimise these white edges if you get a set of 'wet & dry' flatting paper (not sand paper) you can get it from auto repair product sellers. The fine grade is what you want to end up using. Then after you have rubbed it down with the wet & dry as smooth as you can get it you can paint a layer of clear floor polish - Future floor polish or Johnsons Klear, is the same product different names dep which country you buy it - find it in supermarkets along with other floor polishing products. It is cheap, air drying clear varnish. That will kill the white edges, or at least tone them down.
If your Saturn broach only cost 11 dollars I'd say that is pretty decent. If you want real crystal look I think you will have to pay more..even for a Christmas ornament of that size.
Ranma, once again I look to your post and see a wealth of information. I have a few errands to run today, I'll make another stop and look for some wet & dry. With any luck we have some floor polish here at home (we have hardwood floors), but if not I can get that too. I was thinking of using my dremel to smooth out the edges, but I wasn't sure if it would actually make the edges more white. I'm really glad I read this, thanks so much.

Clear acrylic is definitely a good substitute for a real crystal look... It's great if it could be sparkly (oohh, pretty), but I guess I'm in love with the idea of the broach being transparent and clear more than anything. My backup plan was to make a very 2D broach out of sculpy, but to my knowledge there's no way to make it see-through.

It's strange... usually I bride myself on the fact that I can solve problems with a relatively small amount of emotional attachment, but once anything that I have a huge passion for comes involved, like cosplay, I'm not able to think as rationally as I normally do. I thought I grew out of that teenager-like quality... guess not.
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Unread 04-16-2011, 05:39 PM   #5927
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Ranma, once again I look to your post and see a wealth of information. I have a few errands to run today, I'll make another stop and look for some wet & dry. With any luck we have some floor polish here at home (we have hardwood floors), but if not I can get that too. I was thinking of using my dremel to smooth out the edges, but I wasn't sure if it would actually make the edges more white. I'm really glad I read this, thanks so much.

Clear acrylic is definitely a good substitute for a real crystal look... It's great if it could be sparkly (oohh, pretty), but I guess I'm in love with the idea of the broach being transparent and clear more than anything. My backup plan was to make a very 2D broach out of sculpy, but to my knowledge there's no way to make it see-through.

It's strange... usually I bride myself on the fact that I can solve problems with a relatively small amount of emotional attachment, but once anything that I have a huge passion for comes involved, like cosplay, I'm not able to think as rationally as I normally do. I thought I grew out of that teenager-like quality... guess not.
If you find a mixed pack of the wet and dry paper you will see it comes in different grades..the higher the number is the finer the abrasive layer - they call this the 'Grit'. So eg start smoothing with the say 250 grit and work your way to the finest - prob 1200 grit is prob the finest you get from an auto repair supplier. This wont actually get your acrylic back to crystal see through, but it will kill some of the white. The only way you can truly restore scratched/fogged clear plastics back to see through is to go another stage further with the smoothing. For that you need to buy specialist even finer wet & dry. It comes in a pack of varying grits from eg 3600 grit right up tp 12000 grit - that is so fine it feels like paper. This is what they use to buff out scratches and blemishes on real aircraft canopies (i.e. the moulded plastic ones on modern jet fighters). It is called 'Micromesh' if you want to buy some, I got mine off eBay.

btw try not to sand the clear areas on your broach..stick to just improving the white surfaces.
..And let me know how you get on.
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Unread 04-17-2011, 03:03 PM   #5928
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If you find a mixed pack of the wet and dry paper you will see it comes in different grades..the higher the number is the finer the abrasive layer - they call this the 'Grit'. So eg start smoothing with the say 250 grit and work your way to the finest - prob 1200 grit is prob the finest you get from an auto repair supplier. This wont actually get your acrylic back to crystal see through, but it will kill some of the white. The only way you can truly restore scratched/fogged clear plastics back to see through is to go another stage further with the smoothing. For that you need to buy specialist even finer wet & dry. It comes in a pack of varying grits from eg 3600 grit right up tp 12000 grit - that is so fine it feels like paper. This is what they use to buff out scratches and blemishes on real aircraft canopies (i.e. the moulded plastic ones on modern jet fighters). It is called 'Micromesh' if you want to buy some, I got mine off eBay.

btw try not to sand the clear areas on your broach..stick to just improving the white surfaces.
..And let me know how you get on.
Ah, so the grit is similar to grit for regular sandpaper then. That makes sense.

I'm not sure what happened, but a huge bout of exhaustion hit me yesterday afternoon and hasn't really left me since. I'll have to pick up the wet & dry sometime after work this week.

For the Micromesh, would this do? http://cgi.ebay.ca/MICRO-MESH-MICROM...em27ba3d ad22

Thanks so much for all the help Ranma, I really appreciate it I'll definitely post back when there's been more progress to let you know how it goes.
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Unread 04-17-2011, 03:54 PM   #5929
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For the Micromesh, would this do? http://cgi.ebay.ca/MICRO-MESH-MICROM...em27ba3d ad22

Thanks so much for all the help Ranma, I really appreciate it I'll definitely post back when there's been more progress to let you know how it goes.
You're welcome Rose. Yes thats exactly the set you want..see it goes right up to the very finest grade they make, 12000.
Hope you feel better soon.
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Unread 04-17-2011, 09:39 PM   #5930
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ok everyone! I am almost done with my Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Venus cosplays! the last thing i need to do is the collars and the gloves!

I have the Lynleigh patern but i don't quit understand it... does anyone else have a simpler patern to making the collar?
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Unread 04-17-2011, 10:00 PM   #5931
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wait nevermind!!!!! figured it out!
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Unread 04-18-2011, 01:48 PM   #5932
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Just gotta attach my arm rolls to my armour and Sailor Moon will be done. I'm having 2 brooches as well, one for stage, one for photos. Since the 1st brooch is kinda crappy looking ): so I ordered a Moon Justice brooch.

Also waiting on a Tuxedo Mask cape to come in the mail!

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attached arm rolls to armour, but haven't sewn them yet. Need to make Venus bow today, and sew elastic into another costume!

My con is this weekend.... AHHH
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Unread 04-19-2011, 07:42 PM   #5933
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Odd.. didn't know these existed?
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Sailor-Moon-Trans...e#ht_500wt_949

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Unread 04-19-2011, 08:48 PM   #5934
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Odd.. didn't know these existed?
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Sailor-Moon-Trans...e#ht_500wt_949

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Unread 04-19-2011, 09:10 PM   #5935
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Unread 04-20-2011, 01:27 PM   #5936
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that listing ended and I haven't been able to find any more
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Unread 04-20-2011, 05:01 PM   #5937
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I'm sure another one will pop up eventually. That wasn't the first I'd seen, and I'm sure it won't be the last.
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Unread 04-21-2011, 07:47 PM   #5938
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Update time!

I stopped by Wal-Mart to see if they had any wet & dry. They didn't have that brand, however they did have a variety pack of waterproof sandpaper in the automotive section, so I picked that up. The pack had 220, 320, 400 and 600 grit. Oh my goodness, it did wonders! No more rough edges! There are still a few scratches remaining in the areas that needed it, and it is still a bit cloudy, but it's a huge step in the right direction.

I brought it to my dad and asked if we had any floor polish, told him what I needed it for, etc etc... we used to have marble in the house, so my dad thinks that we may still have some marble polish lying around. And if not, he has some pretty heavy-duty car polish that he thinks will also work.

Thank-you so much Ranma! I'm indebted to you!
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What is the best way to make PGSm Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Venus's belts? Is there a tutorial on how to make them?
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Unread 04-21-2011, 10:28 PM   #5940
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PGSM isn't nearly as popular as the anime, so there aren't really any tutorials out there for those costumes. Probably the best thing to do would be to find a chain belt that you like, and then glue on the discs and gems.
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