All right.. you have entered this thread wanting to clear your jewel. Over the last year and a bit, there have been a billion different posts, and a lot of confusing information. I’m hoping to squeeze ALL of that confusing information into one fantastic thread! Kidding, but having all of the links and information available in one thread makes it a lot easier for everyone.
Jewel - The circular green Xbox logo on the case (XS Case Modding Dictionary)
----- Step 1 –Removing the jewel -----
There are two tried, tested, and true methods for removing the Xbox jewel. The freezer method, and the hairdryer method.
Method One: The Freezer Method (by tester123)
1: Put the top part of your case into the freezer for about 30 minutes. Remove metal shielding first (this shielding is not necessary and it doesn’t matter if it gets damaged).
2: Take it out, and tap directly under your jewel with a hammer or other tappable instrument and she'll pop right off.
The freezer method is the recommended to try first for jewel removal, because it is so easy. However, sometimes that pesky jewel will stick, and you’ll have to try..
Method Two: The Hairdryer Method
1: Open up the case and take off the top.
2: Remove the metal shielding (this shielding is not necessary and it doesn’t matter if it gets damaged).
3. Grab a hairdryer and a small screwdriver, or a butter knife.
4: Set the hairdryer to hot and high. Point it at the back of the jewel for about 5 minutes.
5: Get your knife or screwdriver, lever it under the jewel, and pry it off!
----- Step 2 –Clearing the Jewel -----
The first step is to get that black rubbery stuff off. If you used the freezer method, sometimes you can peel it off like a sticker, or in little chunks at a time. If you can't, try Goo-Gone or some other sticky-substance removing solvent.
Now.. you come to a crossroads of sorts. Do you take off the green paint with a SANDING or CHEMICAL method?
There is only ONE tutorial that you need to read for jewel clearing - written by case-painting and jewel-clearing Danish modder TykSak!
Modzone.DK Link | Xbox-Scene Mirror
Do NOT sand it with a dremel tool!!
WARNING! SOME CHEMICALS ARE CORROSIVE AND CAN MESS UP YOUR HANDS! READ INSTRUCTIONS AND USE CAUTION
The general instructions for chemical jewel removal is to get a bunch of old rags or a roll of paper towel, apply the chemical to the rag or paper towel, and RUB. Do not let your jewel soak in a chemical solution.. it could damage or warp the jewel. Now.. what chemical should I rub the jewel with, you say? Click the chemicals for their tutorials, or the numbers beside them to view threads posted on them by XS members.
Brasso 1 2
Easy-Off Oven Cleaner
Chemicals used with mixed results by different members
Nail Polish Remover (acetone free AND brands with acetone have yielded different results)
Brake Cleaner 1
Non-Recommended Chemicals! Do not use!
PLEASE keep me updated – post a thread about what worked or didn’t work for you, PM me the link, and I can update the list with a link to your thread. Or just post what worked for you in this thread.
----- Step 2b –Removing the silver letting from the Jewel (optional) -----
“After removing the green paint with a sanding or chemical method, put hot glue into the "xbox" letters, let it dry (try sticking it in the freezer to get it to harden quickly), then just peel it out, and the silver should stick to the glue. Repeat the process for any other little bits that don't come off the first time.” – PaCMaYNE. NOTE – this method has not worked for everyone.
Another method is to scrape the lettering out slowly with an X-acto knife.
PM me or post in this thread with other good methods to get out the silver lettering and I will add them to this thread.
----- Step 3 –Reattaching the Jewel -----
Definitive Jewel Reattachement Guide (by feflicker)
----- Step 4 -Misc -----
Jewel still cloudy after all that? Try toothpaste sanding (scroll down to toothpaste sanding portion).
Other questions? Check the Case Modding FAQ
Messed up your jewel? Visit the Jewel Hall of Shame
Buy A Custom Jewel:
If you're going to post in this thread - include some useful info! Include whether you sanded or used a chemical, and what chemical you used. This is not a thread for custom-made jewels.
Edited by brahm2, 22 July 2004 - 09:12 PM.