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Teen Titans Cosplay: Raven's Belt by Graphospasm Teen Titans Cosplay: Raven's Belt by Graphospasm
EDIT: Action shots! [link] & [link]

EDIT: I had no idea this deviation would become as popular as it has, so let me address a few frequently asked questions I didn't think would come up. No, this belt is not for sale. However, I am TOTALLY HAPPY helping you make one of your own. Advice is free. :3 The gems are made of EasyCast Castn'Clear epoxy resin with food coloring dye. More instructions below. Thanks for all the favs, guys!

I decided to cosplay Raven from Teen Titans despite being utterly too tall to play a convincing animated Raven. Thus, I am cosplaying a really weird version of Raven that combines parts of her animated costume with parts of her comic book costume. Don't judge me. Why do I always tend to fall for the short ones...?

Figuring out HOW I wanted to make the belt took longer than the actual construction, not counting the 24 hours it took for the gems to set (they're the size of my palm and quite deep). If anyone else is wondering how the heck to make a Raven belt, maybe give this method a try. It's super easy and not too expensive at all!

ANYWAY. Here's what I did:

I resin-cast the gems (using food coloring for dye) and backed them with foil using clear superglue. They're really shiny and deep; these pics didn't capture their luminosity very well but rest assured they have tons of sparkle! I coated the gems in glossy varnish to really bling them up.

For the gems' "settings" I used flat discs of wood. In each wooden disc I drilled four holes, two holes on opposite edges of the disc. Each set of holes was about a half-inch apart. I painted the discs gold using metallic paint (which I mixed with a little yellow acrylic to brighten up the hue).

I used Gorilla glue to glue the gems to the center of the discs. Gorilla glue is really tough but it expands as it dries, so be sure to weight the gems so they don't rise up off the wood. I would have used more superglue instead, but I ran out and the Gorilla was all I had in my apartment and I'm super lazy and without a car, soooo...

I attached the gems and their settings to a chain using spare jewelry links, colored gold and in a thick gauge. I spaced the gems evenly along the chain, counting 5 big links between the edge of each gem (though depending on the chain you use this count could vary a great deal).

There appear to be two chains behind the gems; really it's just one chain folded in half, but you could use two if you want (they only had one strand of the chain I wanted to use left at Michael's, sadly, which is why I had to double up and the chain doesn't reach totally around my body). I did this double-strand thing for stability so the gems wouldn't get twisted up as I wore the belt. I use a spare chain (plain gold) to secure the gem-chain-portion around me at the back. There are lobster hooks so I can adjust the fit as needed.

I felt that my cape/cloak would cover me from the back so making more gems was a bit unnecessary (and can you imaging sitting down if there were gems poking you in the back???). There are five gems total on the belt.

I have a sixth gem on a wooden setting left over for Raven's brooch (the "mold" I used was a plastic painting palette and had a total of six deep depressions). I made smaller resin gems with another mold/painter's palette for the backs of her gloves, with proportional wooden settings.

Eventually I plan to go back and put actual gold metal on top of the wood to make it really sparkle.
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HaiKoneko Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I ask what color gold did you buy? It looks on point in pictures xD I'll be cosplaying Raven at San Diego Comic Con 2015, so I'm brainstorming early lol

Also, do you think I could use another material other than wood? Like maybe worbla? I'm not sure, I would love your opinion though~
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FelisLupus Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks like gummies. *noms*
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bensonhedgesfun Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
If worst comes to worst, and u don't hav the time, materials or money to do this, this is a necklace that looks a lot like ravens belt:
www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00D1SV…
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014   Writer
Great find!!! :D I came up with this method because I couldn't find anything like what you posted when I made the belt. :XD:
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behappy1990 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
cool!
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BubbleGumSalguero Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I want it!!!
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PokeGirl1994 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
What is the width of the gems? I have a mold but I like the size of yours I'm hoping that they're similar!
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner May 12, 2013   Writer
I keep measuring 2.5 inches in diameter, but for some reason they look bigger when I just eyeball it. O_O And the wooden settings are measuring about 3 inches or so in diameter. Huh. I feel like they LOOK bigger than that.
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PokeGirl1994 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thanks! I mine are a little smaller, but I think they'l work!
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xXGoldenPheonixXx Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still don't understand how you made the gems...
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