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Soul Gem tutorial by TheAnna Soul Gem tutorial by TheAnna
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*UPDATE* There are really cool official Light Up Soul Gems out there now, I bought some and did a little review [link] . They are the perfect size and look way better than other mass produced light up Gems I've seen. If you're not getting scalped, they're worth like 700/$8 tops . So if you're not motivated enough to make one yourself try to find one of those.


Paperclay, a plastic egg found in an Easter craft kit at Hobby Lobby, a Floralyte Submersible 1, a brown brushtip prismacolor marker, a thumbtack, Nail Glue, Clear Coat, Gesso, and Acrylic Paints.

A X-ACTO retractable, Embossing tools, Sandpaper, a nail buffer, and paint brushes.

-Color Chart-

-Reference Pictures-


-Grief Seeds-

1. Upon closer inspection it seems that there are actually 10 arches on the base, not 8. Sorry about that. EDIT: Okay the original artwork has 8 [link] . This is the version used when the Soul Gem has to move in a shot and in the first few broadcast episodes. The finished design design AKA the CG model has 10. EITHER CAN WORK IT'S UP TO YOU!
2. If you have to paint your egg and plan on installing a light DO NOT BRUSH THE PAINT ON. The light will accentuate the brush strokes and it will look icky. Either Spray paint it or lightly dab the paint on with a makeup sponge.
3. Make sure to put a good gloss on the egg part before you put anything on it. This will protect your paint job from the carving and sanding.
4. When applying paperclay to a smooth surface it helps to put on a thin sloppy first layer. Once this layer is dry break it off and reattach it with a fast-action glue like Super Glue or Nail Glue.
5. Remember that the egg needs to be translucent NOT transparent. It it's transparent it won't diffuse light as well and the back bars will show when you look at it from the front.
6. Homuras who use my method should buy a Pink Floralyte. The Violet is actually a blacklight and too blue for her gem.
7. Soul Gems are about the same color pre and post transformation. Mami's Soul Gem is Orange when she's in Magical Girl mode and it's Orange in its handheld Gem form as well. Most people assume it's yellow because the light is yellow and she has it lit 99% of the time that it's on screen. Trust me though it's orange [link] [link] [link] [link]

-Bubble Necklace Eggs-
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Egg shaped Bubble Necklaces are available year-round. They're cheap, clear, and can make pretty Soul Gem eggs. To make mine I simply took one, filled it with just enough nail polish to coat the inside. After that I left it in a place where nothing would touch its sides. While the Polish is setting the plastic becomes malleable. I ruined two figuring this out. Sticking it in something like an empty fast food soda cup [link] will work perfectly. Just stick it in as soon as you coat the inside. Do not touch it for AT LEAST 24 hours. AT LEAST. You can achieve clear, glittery, and Multi-tone Soul Gems with this method depending on how you mix your nail polish. It would also be possible to make one that is normal unlit and corrupted lit. I suggest putting something inside of a clear one. My new Sayaka Gem is filled with translucent film that casts a gentle Aurora of colors that doesn't come up well on my camera [link] . PRETTY STUFF YO.

I hope this helps anyone working on this prop. If you have a specific question I will answer to the best of my ability. I am not open for Commissions.
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Given 2011-08-28
Soul Gem tutorial by ~TheAnna -- Suggester's words: Madoka Magica is a very popular series right now so lots of people are going to be cosplaying the awesome characters from it. This tutorial gives and in depth explanation on how to make your own Soul Gem (a key item in the fandom). Best part? It lights up! ( Suggested by sakkysa and Featured by FantasyStock )
Rozen-Shield Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
This is a nifty tutorial! Say, I have a question though: Where the heck can I find a Bubble necklace egg at? It's the first time I've heard of it.. ^^;
lisanonomys Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015 do you put the light inside the egg in such a way that you can turn it on and off?
Quadrasputnik Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
I'd love to see a soul gem where you can put a figure inside the gem.
tyedyedninja Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this. I am making a Kyubey cosplay for AWA this year, and wanted to make my own. I didn't want to have to buy one!
TheNekoNextDoor Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for making this tutorial - I might have a go at making my own! ^_^
dinonoob Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice tutorial! I actually used this tutorial and some references to make Mami's soul gem and Homura's demon soul gem.
Do you have any idea how I would make a corrupted soul gem? I've seen those soul gems that are ''corrupted'' but seriously all they are are black soul gems with a light flashing when you turn the light on. 
TheAnna Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would do everything else normally, and then add sketchy details with sharpies after it was done while being careful to avoid the gold parts.
AshleytheDragon Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cool tutorial.  I am going to be making some custom ones using these eggs.…
diana5648 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
can you make me one ill pay you just tel me how much!
diana5648 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i dont care how long or how much please make me one
MoonPeachBlossom Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
So amazingly beautiful.
minecraftdudes Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
this is amazing!
RinRin11 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Yay now I can help make my soul gem with my friends!!! ^^ I'm going to see Madoka Magica 3 in theaters and I'm making Kyoko, Madoka, and Homura's soul gems. I'm gonna have Kyoko's, my friend Micky (yes he's a boy) has Madoka's, and my friend londonlights has Homura's. My friend Jaden has Mami's soul gem so I don't have to make hers. (Phew) thank you for posting this tutorial soooo much!!!!
Meepilybuff Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
(I'm going to prank my little brother so well... :evillaugh:)
AnnaDefiesGravity Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist
awesome thanks!!!! <3
Infinteshine Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Tried this,but I made the base a little flatter because the high base sometimes fell over. Seems great.

*reads the end part* LIKE WHAT?
mika-moon Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's so cool.
KittyChow Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Hi, thanks if you answer this but I have two questions, do you have like a picture or something of the egg bubble necklaces? I tried googling 'egg bubble necklace' but came up with something completely different.. Like they're easter egg necklaces available year round? Where? And you said you filled them with enough nail polish, did you like put a couple drops or so in and just swirl it around? And was the nail polish like colored to the character?? I'm just trying to make some guesses from seeing the pictures but not so sure.. Thanks
TheAnna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They look like this [link] . I found mine at a dollar store. This is the most challenging time of year to find them online because they're in high demand for Easter. I put about two teaspoons in there, I didn't measure it but it was a pretty good amount. Yes I used colored nailpolish. Hope that helps.
KittyChow Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Ooh icic! Thanks so much for the pic/link, and thanks for replying, I want to try making one and your tutorials are super awesome, thank you ^^
MagicaPassion Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Helloo. I'm trying this amazing tutorial out aswell and i was wondering, wich color of light do i use for a red soul gem and for a yellow soul gem?

Thankyou! ♥
TheAnna Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Use red for red and white for yellow.
Sephis-Dolls Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Did the LED go 'inside' the egg? So it's needed to make a hole big enough for the lede lamp in the bottom side of the plastic egg? @.@
TheAnna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Floralyte is the base with the actual LED part of the Folralyte sticking inside of the egg via a hole in the bottom. You need to make a hole in the bottom of the egg about the same diameter as your pinky to achieve this.

Does that make sense?
Sephis-Dolls Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup, thank you! I want to be really sure and don't damage the egg useless ^^
alyssacaamal Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
This is awesome
Anonosity Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, wow, this is really cool! It's easy to follow and not made with crazy supplies and the end result is stunning???

The gems that are in the girls costumes though (Sayaka's crescent moon, Mamj's flower, Kyoko's necklace, etc), do you have any idea how one would go about doing that? I'm doing a crossplay of Sayaka (granted I'm doing it in a group with some other people that don't know how they'd do theirs) and it's a simple enough shape to sculpt, but I wanted to keep the gem-like transparent look? I was considering using smoothed glue gun glue, because I've used that for smaller gem-ish things with it turning out pretty well, but I don't know how well it would look when scaled up? Especially since it looks kind of murky when fully dry........ I was thinking of countering that by just using a brighter blue on the base, but I'm still searching out some other options before I try it (actual meaning: I haven't had time to try yet, I'll probably see how that looks and then if I don't like it I'll try again). I'm trying to stay away from resin because I'm not sure of how to use it or where to get the materials, but at this point it looks like that might be the only option for the look I wan.....t...................

That was long and probably pretty incomprehensible but if you could help us out then god would I ever love you ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
TheAnna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply I'm scarcely on these days.

Resin would be the simplest route but it requires some chemistry know-how. You could get some clear Pony beads and melt them down into a mold. I used to do stuff like that with my old easy bake oven. There's also a few transparent clays that you could use Sukerukun is the first that comes to mind but you can find more on Google.

Hope that helps!
SailorUnicornMoon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you explain how to add the nail polish in the egg? When I tried it it didn't go everywhere it just made a few streams : /.
TheAnna Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to use a lot and it has to be a fresh bottle. I haven't made one of these in forever so I can't really recall the specifics off the top of my head.
SailorUnicornMoon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay, I'll try to figure something out : )
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Akippuden Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
i dont undesrtand whats the red thing really is wich looks like an egg
8bitShoppingCart Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
* O * Me and my friend might actually do this!

This is a very easy way to make a soul gem and i find these very pretty! i hope ours turn out good though ; u ;
MerpBunny Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
This helped me so much!!! :iconthanksplz:
Gubreez Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow using an egg I had not thought of that :D It's GENIUS!
Irene-desu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't understand the egg part. If you use a regular translucent plastic egg, does it have to be painted? If you're using a bubble necklace, do you drain the nail polish after you coat it and then put it in the cup?
TheAnna Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's up to you. If it's the right color just do what you want with it. Just remember that Mami's isn't bright yellow it's more on the Tangerine side if you're making hers. [link]

You pour the polish in, swirl it around as quickly as you can, then let it drain in a cup or something, and leave it alone for a while.
oneAWKWARDbird Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i just finished PMMM the other day....i had no idea the fan base was this dedicated to realizing and building off of so many details i never even noticed while watching the show 0_0 this is really nifty and super cool, i'm sad i would never have the patience to pull off making something like this!
TheAnna Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to make Soul Gems as soon as I saw them on the screen. I mainly did the tutorial because I was tired of people asking me to make one for them. Never expected for it to get the amount of attention that it did. C'est la vie.

As far as stuff the fanbase did [link] has always been my favorite. There's another one [link] where someone went through and solved all of the on-screen math problems.
oneAWKWARDbird Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh man, that is so rad. Major kudos to you and all those dedicated fans. Half of the reason I think it got so much attention is because someone linked to this deviation on tumblr, where I know a huge amount off all the Madoka Magica fans are. That's how I got here 8)
Violuminet Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for the help!
AyumixMikage Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Loving this. But I've got a couple questions. What sort of embossing tool are you using, and where did you get the translucent film in your Sayaka gem? Been trying to figure both of those out for AGES.
TheAnna Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hobby Lobby for both. The Embossing tools were in the section with Metal sheets and stuff like that. The Film was in the party section.
AnimePrincess99 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another question: what is the purpose of Clear Coat, and is it a spray?
TheAnna Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It seals and protects your paint job. I use Clear nail polish. The fancy Scratch Resistant type. I wouldn't recommend using a spray for this since it's so small and light the spray could knock it over.
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