I have a character who is able to cast major creation and resurrection. He has a CL of 15.

He starts by taking a really small piece of diamond (not enough to cast Resurrection), and casts major creation to make 15 cubic feet of diamond. I estimate that this diamond would be worth more than 10,000gp. This diamond will last 150 minutes, which is more than is necessary to pulverize it into diamond powder and cast resurrection, using the created dust as component.

Is there something in this process that shouldn't work?

I am asking for RAW. I know this could be easily patched, which is what I expect my GM to do, but am curious about the rules.

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    \$\begingroup\$ 15 cubic feet of diamond is about 2.1 million carat, or 424,75 kilograms. That's quite the stone! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 11:34
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    – MrLemon
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 12:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is 150 minutes really long enough to pulverize 15 cubic feet of diamond? \$\endgroup\$
    – stannius
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 19:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasJacobs Psssh. I've seen bigger. space.com/26335-coldest-white-dwarf-star-diamond.html \$\endgroup\$
    – aebabis
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 22:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Note that the spell that does work for this is Fabricate. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 5:54

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No, Major Creation works like Minor Creation, which states:

Attempting to use any created object as a material component causes the spell to fail.

You can create your diamond dust, but that dust cannot be used as material component for spells. You could probably attempt to sell it, make some money, and then use it to buy non-magical diamond dust. But be careful to not get caught.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Set up a diamond dust laundering service. "I'll give you 15,000gp worth of dust in exchange for your 10,000gp worth of dust..." \$\endgroup\$
    – GreySage
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 16:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ How can you tell the magical from the mundane diamond dust? Dispel Magic? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 18:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Detect magic should be enough. If they are all mixed together, then you probably need Dispel Magic. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 18:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ Magic aura manipulation spells do exist and should be used prior to any fraud attempt to prevent immediate detection by any non-idiot merchants. \$\endgroup\$
    – Perkins
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 20:35

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