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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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Graphospasm Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
I used a resin kit. Resin kits are available at most craft stores.
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xXGoldenPheonixXx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh thank you i hope i can find one :(
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
If you live near a Michael's craft store, they usually have them in stock. If not, they are available online through many retailers. Here's a link to the exact same kind of kit I used: [link]
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xXGoldenPheonixXx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!
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Experiment276 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
It looks like jello! :D Love it lol
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SiCK-of-ThiS Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay, so i'm making the jewels out of resin, too, but what did you use as a mold? i don't have time or money to buy legitimate molds :iconotlplz:
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012   Writer
Haha, I don't have time or money for legitimate molds, either! I use paint pallets. :) They're made of plastic and are available at just about any craft or hobby store (also Walmart/Target/Walgreens etc.).

Reference pic for the lulz: [link]
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SiCK-of-ThiS Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh I see. Smart idea... i wouldn't have thought of that, haha ^^;

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! :hug:
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012   Writer
You're welcome! :D There are lots of things at craft stores that can make neat improv molds, so just keep your eyes open and have fun. :thumbsup:
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SiCK-of-ThiS Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMIGAWD Thank you sooo much for this~ :iconiloveitplz:
the belt was the one part of the costume i was worried about making ^^; thankyooouuuu

(i was worried about being too tall too... but whatever, i guess xD)
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   Writer
You're so welcome! If you need any help, feel free to ask! :D
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SiCK-of-ThiS Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the offer :iconblushplz: I may hold you up to that, haha. I'm really inexperienced ^^; I've never legitamately cosplayed... :P
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NekoNinjaNyaaa Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha, would it be weird if I said that I thought the gems were Jell-o cups? XD
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   Writer
Lol, not at all! :XD:
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DaAmazingMeepers Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OwO Amazing! Want!
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   Writer
Thanks! :boogie:
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BadLuckCat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
This looks awesome! Raven had been a favorite of mine too. :3
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   Writer
Thanks so much! :D
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BadLuckCat Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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HieizRenryu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice going woman! Never read the comic so I don't know the difference, but this looks great! Good luck with the rest.
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Writer
Thank you very much! :D The rest is almost done except for the cape!
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RMPTK Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Writer
Really nice job!!! I also did a cosplay of Raven (comic version) and she's a hard one to do. But you seem to be well on your way. Love the belt! It looks like it would be fun to wear just as a statement piece also.
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Writer
Thank you so much! I had a ton of fun making it. I'll be sure to post pics of the finished cosplay when it's all been put together. :)
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A-C-L Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Nice idea! I hope you'll be able to post photos of the finished costume.
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Graphospasm Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Writer
I'll definitely post a snap once it's all together! :D Still working on the cloak and gloves!
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