I made these monster and NPC pieces for our D&D game. I could have just as easily used pennies or just these glass gems as is, but I wanted my newbie D&D players to really get into the game.
What I used:
Images I found via Google Images (thanks random people I’m not crediting because I didn’t get the information), printed out
Glass vase filler rocks
A red marker or pen (Sharpies bleed through the paper, so beware!) [not pictured because I am a dolt who had to run around to find one when I got to this step]
Cut out your monsters. Then, mark an X or whatever indicator you like to show that your monster has died in combat…if your adventurers are lucky!
Apply Mod Podge to the flat side of your clear glass gems.
Put your monster images on the Mod Podge, X side down. I like to then flip them over and give ’em a good press.
Let them dry. It won’t take long, but I like to give them at least an hour, just to be sure. Also, see how you can see the X through the glass? Neat, huh? You could also make these the other way, but I found that the more intricate the art, the harder it is to see through the glass.
When they are all done and dry, I add them to the monster compote dish. 🙂
That’s it! I used this technique for a work of art I created in college (except you saw the images through the glass on that one). Happy DMing!