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Mutant Crystal Necklace Prototype Becomes a Flavor Flav Moment…

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So I put the Mutant Crystal prototypes on chains, in a very temporary fashion. I wanted to see how they worked as pendants. Honestly, in person, the large scale is a little too Flavor Flav. But only a little.

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And as Meredith pointed out, the pendant should have a "back," and that back should be flat so it can lay comfortably against the skin. I'm excited to rework this a bit, and to wear it!

 

Mutant Crystals featured on Shapeways Friday Finds

Yay! Mutant Crystals were just featured Shapeways Friday Finds. Now if only I can figure out how to get them for sale in my Shapeways store.

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Mutant Crystals arrived in the mail today from Shapeways!

I drew these mutant crystals in Rhino recently… In addition to exploring more "perfect" and refined geometric shapes like my diamonds, I'm interested in "imperfect" ones like these. They have a more hand-drawn sensibility (even though they were entirely designed in CAD).

I printed out one version comprised of just the structural lines. My friend Michael was just commenting that it looks like some kind of secret military spacecraft, and that he'd like a tchotchke for his desk shaped like it. Maybe I'll make one!

And I printed out a version with some of the facets "shaded" with lines. I made sure the lines were kind of irregular, like someone was drawing them by hand. I love the idea of something "handdrawn" coming out of the 3d printer. My friend Andrew thinks they'd make good Christmas ornaments too. I agree.

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One of the "shaded" ones has a loop at the top, so I can try it out as a pendant. The other doesn't; I wanted to see if maybe the chain would look better going through the structure.

I could also see making a necklace out of multiples of these irregular shapes (designing additional ones) and having them joined end to end.

These models are made of shapes that are 1mm thick — they're pretty thin and delicate, for this scale of a model. They flex and bend a some as you hold them. Though the "shading" makes them a bit stronger. I don't know whether I should make them thicker for use as a necklace or not. Guess I'll find out 
how delicate they are by wearing them.

A new fan

This week, I was sitting in a coffee shop, assembling Wireframe Diamond Earrings for some recent Etsy orders (thanks Andrea and Jesse!). And I saw someone approach out of the corner of my eye. It was a 7 or 8 year old boy holding a skateboard, and he was looking intently at the diamond pieces. I told him how they were made, and he said "I just wanted to tell you they are really cool. I mean really cool." Made my day!

Stainless steel diamond earrings

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This week I received a version of the Diamond Wireframe Earrings, 3-D printed in stainless steel. It's very interesting to look at, because you can see every "pixel" of the metal used to make the model — the manufacturing process is very evident in the finished product. The design has a lot of texture to it –it's not smooth. Ironically, it reminds me a little bit of metal jewelry and hardware manufactured to look "antique" or patinated. 3-D printing creates a whole new aesthetic with its capabilities and quirks.

I like the way this turned out. It's a little heavier than the plastic versions, and a lot stronger. I'll try wearing it soon to test out the weight.

I'm also interested in creating these designs in a shiny metallic finish. A couple of colleagues have made suggestions on processes I might try.

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