Joely at Fashion Beyond Forty did a really nice blog post about the Motherhood Knot Necklace she received. Here are a couple excerpts:
“I think that this would make a heartfelt gift to any woman, especially a mother, grandmother, or mother to be. It has a meaning behind it, is handcrafted, and 3D designed which brings the old world charm into the future if you think about it.”
“With this necklace and all the other pieces from D&O Celtic Jewelry, when someone gives you a compliment, and they will … you can come back with not just a simple thank you, but a conversation about how the piece is 3D designed, as well as the symbolism of the piece itself!”
Recently I had the pleasure of doing a short interview with Fashion blog Ansel & Opie. They asked a few questions about my work and featured several pictures of my designs. Here are a couple questions from the interview. You can read the full interview here.
You have a very unique product, describe your process a bit?
Many of these knot patterns have been around forever and these are just my take on them. Others, such as my leaf pendant, are original. For my original ones I might see a shape that I like or that means something to me. I figure out how to make it into a knot pattern. Once I have a sketch I can start to 3D model it. Once the basic 2D shape is modeled I extend it into 3D and make the interwoven pattern. This can take time to make sure the pattern is nice and uniform and smooth. Once I have a model done then I have to check the integrity to make sure it can be 3D printed. Sometimes I do have to revise or start over if it cannot be made or is not turning out how I had hoped.
How do you get a piece of metal jewelry from a 3D printer?
Some of the metals are made with 3D printing. They have a powdered metal that is sintered together for their stainless steel material. Then it is hardened and plated with gold or bronze or whatever you want. The other metals such as brass, bronze, silver and gold are first 3D printed in wax. Then they make a mold and cast it, then polish it. But the fact that they had so many metals available and for reasonable prices is one big thing that drew me to Shapeways.
I want to give a big thanks to Lindsey Simon. She featured the D&O Trinity Knot Necklace in her latest post on the Nomis Niche fashion blog. Below are a couple pictures from it. Click this link to see her full post:
Recently I was interviewed by Jessica Hedstrom who is starting a new web site called Printing Everyday. She is interviewing a number of Shpaeways shop owners and others using 3D printing to teach people about 3D printing and how it is used. It was a real pleasure talking with Jessica, and I wish her luck in starting up her new site.
It’s fun to look back at where we came from once in a while. I started designing for 3D printing in the Summer of 2012. It took me several months to learn the 3D modeling software. Then it took me another several months to learn the limitations of 3D printing. A ton of my early designs were rejected by Shapeways as “unprintable”. Then some of my others that were printable just didn’t quite turn out as I had hoped. After about a year of learning and trial and error I was finally turning out some decent designs. It was during the summer of 2013 that I did a lot of my early designs. I only got serious about selling these designs in the Fall of 2013. I did good enough last Fall that I decided to stick with it in 2014. So 2014 has really only been my first full year of selling my designs. Thanks to all of you for making it a very fun and successful year! Here are some highlights from the year: