Archive for the ‘3D Design’ Category
Sharing your 3D design work has always been a bit ,well, awkward. You pour your heart and soul into a model and all people see is a flat representation of it. There are various web GL viewers available, but those always require downloading plug-ins which, let's face it, is not something you want to spend your time doing. For a short while now, Sketchfab model embeds have been natively supported within Wordpress blogs. So, ta-daa; here's a test piece - an apple blossom bangle model that hasn't made it to the production, but demonstrates the functionality well. All fellow 3D tinkerers can join through this link.
Recently, I got an assignment to create custom work for two music teachers. Personalized and reasonably priced were the only guidelines. Otherwise I was given free rein and let my creativity go wild. Well, not that wild, but I had fun. The obvious choice for custom personalized jewelry was to create 3D models and then get them 3D printed.
In the picture above, you can the see cufflinks for a piano teacher with initials TH. Each letter is surrounded by two octaves of miniature piano keys. The material is silver plated polished brass.
The other piece was a pendant for a viola teacher. It had to be delivered as soon as I got it from the service bureau, so the picture below is a rendering. On the note lines you can see the alto clef which is also called viola clef because it's often used with viola music. Also the notes, D and G, represent her initials. This pendant was made with 18K plated polished brass.
When designing and wearing jewelry, I like to go with selected statement pieces. Same seems to be true with graphic design work, or even interior decoration. One big bold piece with lot of negative space keeps it clear and simple. However, when I mean bold, I really mean bold. So, no wonder I ended up experimenting with a statement bumper sticker.
Although I try to keep my bumper stickers to bare minimum, I enjoy reading them. Sometimes political, often funny and occasionally outrageously obnoxious, they reflect car owner’s personality and provide infinite entertainment on long car rides. But really, are these people being paid for advertising ski resorts or local coffee shops? I thought your own car (and bumper) should remain the free zone for expressing yourself, not promoting some random business.
If it wasn’t clear to everyone who’s reading my blog, I row. I row competitively. I love rowing. Rowing is now build into my core with such force that being out of the water for longer than a day causes physical withdrawal symptoms. One big bold statement word on my bumper should naturally be ROW.
The bold statement sticker (or in my case, magnet) should of course be in-your-face, metallic and 3D. I modeled it with Rhino and got it printed in strong nylon. After adding the magnets and giving it many (many, many) coats of spray paint, it was done. The material turned out to be rather porous and the final color wasn’t as chrome-like as I would have liked. The next step will be to experiment with different materials to achieve better finish.
PS: Adding a little bit of gangsta bling to my preferred sleek European car definitely appeals to my screwed sense of humor that I so proudly nurse and cultivate.
The editor at MJSA Custom Jeweler called for an interview about my business insights and advice. At first, I thought I have nothing to say. Really, I should be selling a lot more jewelry than I do now. Turns out, I have a lot to say. People even commented on the story at the recent industry conference, MJSA ConFab.
The refreshingly simple artist’s statement that is the headline for this blog entry comes from the amazing sculptor Anthony Howe. His mesmerizing kinetic sculptures are made of sheet metal. Somehow the movement caused by the gentle wind makes them also really organic. Some resemble a flower opening from the bud, some are like an ever moving ocean floor. Some reflect the nature around them from dozens of tiny mirrors.
Howe builds the pieces using traditional metalworking techniques, but the elements are first conceived with different CAD programs which command a laser cutter.
Mr. Howe worked first as a painter, but then got “bored with everything being static in my visual world”. I’m so glad for that boredom.
I was super excited to get the latest Art Jewelry Magazine in the mail. This highly regarded national magazine is always full of great articles and beautiful jewelry pictures. To get published is an honor, and on the July 2013 issue they prominently featured my Rings Ring. You can see it in the picture above. Close-up on the left. They also posted it on the online gallery for the featured work.
This ring made out of rings is symmetrical, balanced and perfectly proportioned, reminding us of a more ancient art of jewelry making. It is 3D printed stainless steel and gold plated.