Category Archives: Jewelry

4 Ideas To Make With New Pastel Acrylics

New Materials In USA Catalog: Pink, Cream & Aqua Acrylics

Pastel colors aren’t just for spring parties and Easter celebrations. These soft, muted colors are popping up everywhere from New York Fashion Week runways to London’s chic catwalks. In fact, the romantic shades appeared at nearly every UK show, according to WWD, most notably J.W. Anderson, Peter Pilotto and Emilia Wickstead.

And it’s not just haute couture playing with pastels. LeBron James added “pastel pink” and “mint green” to his exclusive line of Nike kicks.

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Stories behind 3D Printing: Meet Jewelry Designer Noah Hähnel

From growing up in the German countryside to living in China, Noah Hähnel’s inspiring story is the focus of today’s blog post. This young designer will explain the highlights of his experience with 3D printing and will give some tips for 3D-printed jewelry beginners. How did you start designing jewelry and what was the first design you ever created? Ever since I was a little kid, I loved to create and early on I discovered my passion for films. Through films, I also got interested in visual effects and that made me want to learn 3D modeling. With 3D modeling, I discovered 3D printing, which gave me the opportunity to turn my ideas into something physical you can hold and feel. My first ever design for jewelry was a simple pendant with two arcs in it that I made as a present for a relative and printed it in stainless steel. She loved it and friends of her asked me to do more. Like every designer, I live for approval and attention. In 2013, when I was just 14, I tried my luck at a competition by i.materialise where you had to design a traditional Japanese hair piece. I made it to the 10 best designs and the piece was shown in Tokyo. That’s when I got the idea to sell jewelry. Even though my passion still lies in filmmaking and becoming a director, I continue to create jewelry that can be worn by a broad audience. I can put my ideas and stories inside them, just like with movies. Where did you get your inspiration for your latest project, the Garden Collection? This collection consists out of five new designs and it was inspired by an idea for a short film, about a mystical part of a forest that never has been touched by mankind. One ring, for instance, is made of vines that grow around your body. Also, I am in love with nature. I grew up in a rural area in Germany. We had horses, cats and dogs, and we are surrounded by cows and forest. That is why I often use nature in my designs.  What is your design workflow for a new project?  My workflow is mostly spontaneous. I do not tell myself: “I need to get new designs every week”. I design when I feel inspired, or someone asks me for a piece. Sometimes I draw the basic model on paper, even though I can’t draw at all, but as long as I can see what it’s supposed to be it is fine. But most of the time I just start on my computer with an idea and see how it develops. For example, the idea for the Garden Ring came from a short film idea of mine. I first started by designing vines and several flowers. After that, I thought about where to use it. I often design something first and then see what kind of jewelry it should be used on. After I have finished designing, and have exported and double-checked that no triangle is missing and no sizes were changed during the export process, I finally hit “Order”. I am in love with nature. I grew up in a rural area in Germany. That is why I often use nature in my designs. Which 3D modeling software do you use for jewelry? I design with Cinema 4D. I started using it when I was twelve. Later I noticed that many German companies I was a trainee for used it too, which was helpful. I think it is a really powerful and user-friendly program that developed from a pure motion graphics tool into an all-rounder, with a focus on modeling, sculpting, animation and visual effects. What is your favorite 3D printing material? My go-to material is bronze. The wax 3D printing allows for incredible small details and cheap prices. Bronze is beautiful, durable and can be changed with acids. It is also not likely to cause allergies and is affordable for most people. All of this adds to the fact that bronze looks a lot like gold, which is my favorite color. Bronze and gold have been used since ancient times and combining these with a modern technology such as 3D printing feels and looks amazing. One of my philosophies is to make something that cannot be achieved with traditional methods. I often see designs that are beautiful but very “simple” and I ask myself: why not use the full capabilities of 3D printing technology? Bronze and gold are used since ancient times and combining these with modern 3D printing feels and looks amazing. What is the most critical step in your design process in 3D? The greatest challenge for me is the export of my designs. Sometimes it takes me days to clean up a design so no triangles or walls glitch and disappear. While modeling, I do not really care about technical stuff so the exported models are as messy as my desk or thoughts. Can you give some good advice for 3D jewelry designers? I try to keep my files as editable as possible. When I started out, I finished with one completely merged object which was easier to export, but difficult to make alterations on after completion, like changing wall thickness, or the size of certain details. As an example, the flowers of the Garden Ring might be printable now, but if I scale down the whole model to a smaller size they might become too small to print. So I only scale down the vines to achieve a smaller ring size. This technique also allows me to only change small details for each customer and thereby make the object a little more unique. Furthermore, I can increase the ring size without increasing the bounding box, which allows for cheaper prints. While modeling I do not really care about technical stuff so the exported models are as messy as my desk or thoughts. Another important thing I have learned when

Making Jewelry For Beginners

An Introduction To Jewelry Making

Jewelry. Humans have been adorning themselves with it for thousands of years. In fact, jewelry is one of the oldest types of archaeological artifacts, with 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewelry. But the first signs of established jewelry making didn’t happen until around 3,000-5,000 years ago in Ancient Egypt.

Since then, much has changed, yet much has stayed the same.

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3D Printing News Sliced Ricoh, EnvisionTEC, ITRI, Concept Laser, Autodesk, GE, EOS and more

Sliced in today’s 3D printing news digest: EnvisionTEC, ITRI, Materialise, Ricoh, Concept Laser, Autodesk, GE, Cooksongold, BMC Gioielli, EOS, ProPhotonix, Mazak, 3DCeram, 3D Matters, Model Solution …

SHEYN, a 3D Printing Jewelry Brand That Highlights the Beauty of Unconventional Geometries

SHEYN, a jewelry company based in Vienna, creates outstanding wearable 3D-printed design pieces that highlight the beauty of unconventional geometries. Meet Nicolas Gold, the “wild” part of SHEYN, an architect with an incredible passion for jewelry design, and Markus Schaffer, the “down-to-earth” manager and CEO, who helped turn SHEYN into a 3D printing success story. Nicolas Gold, an Israeli designer and the co-founder of SHEYN, had already developed a strong passion for complex geometries and digital design during his architecture studies at the Tel Aviv University. Later, he deepened his knowledge in this area when he did his master’s degree at the studio of the internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid in Vienna. He noticed quite early that he was the most passionate about geometrical representations of architecture and therefore he found himself applying all his well-established design techniques to a field where the esthetic of the shape is its most important quality: jewelry design. And that is where it all started. In 2016, Nicolas decided it was time to challenge himself and start his own jewelry company. He knew he needed a strong partner to do this and found an Austrian entrepreneur, Markus Schaffer, to complete the team as SHEYN’s CEO and manager. As Nicolas told us: “While I am the “wild” part of SHEYN, Markus is more thoughtful, maintains everything and brings me back down to earth.” The success of SHEYN is based on this incredible combination of two guys that have a completely different perspective on life. But, how did SHEYN come to life? They strongly believed that the name of their company needed to evoke the description of their designs, as well as the connection between the both of them. “SHEYN” is the Yiddish word for “schön”, which means “beautiful” in German. Also, every single piece in their collections receives a unique Yiddish name such as “Eidel”, “Gitel” or “Sender”. But, why Yiddish? Yiddish is a language that blends together Hebrew and German and it perfectly resembles the connection between the Israeli designer, Nicolas, and the Austrian manager, Markus. This blend represents what SHEYN is all about: a small but dedicated design studio that merges different worlds. They couldn’t have come up with a more suitable name for a jewelry brand. Nicolas’s inspiration for his designs comes from the new wave of digital design tools and latest technologies. He applies all the knowledge he gathered during his architectural education to every design. He likes to describe SHEYN’s philosophy as “a formalistic and artistic approach towards design”. When Nicolas is working on a new design, he uses digital design software that originated in movie character design and applies it to the design of jewelry. Each time the results are surprising, as the geometries are not at all conventional. Nicolas focusses on researching forms that evoke emotional reactions. He is continuously exploring new techniques and tools in order to be able to develop new aesthetics that can be applied to wearable pieces. The results are wearable 3D printed design pieces that highlight the beauty of human morphology. He considers this methodology endless, and the final pieces reflect a small number of snapshots in this process. That is what you call a truly innovative designer! Five years ago, Nicolas designed his first jewelry pieces while he was working on his thesis project at Tel Aviv University. The designs were a result of the process of 3D mapping a professional dancer performing on stage. It was at that time that he came across 3D printing technologies for the first time. He was immediately fascinated by the possibility of creating incredible details on such a small scale. Nicolas told us that ever since that moment, 3D printing has played a crucial role in his design process. The duo uses 3D printing not only for their final jewelry pieces (which are 3D printed in precious metals) but also for prototyping the pieces to perfection. For this, they use the technology of stereolithography. Sometimes they even print more than 50 iterations of one single design until they find the perfect proportions for the final shape. If you would like to see more of SHEYN’s stunning jewelry, don’t forget to visit their website. Did you get inspired to print your own designs? Upload your 3D model, choose your favorite material and get an instant price quote. If you don’t know how to create a 3D printable model yet, get in touch with our freelance 3D designers and don’t let that stop you from turning your idea into reality. Good luck!

This Brand Creates Tribal Jewelry with Titanium, Steel and Silver 3D Printing

Learn how Danish jewelry brand Primal Crafts and its founder, Kristoffer Rønn-Andersen, create stunning 3D printed jewelry in titanium, steel, and precious metals. Kristoffer describes himself as a creative soul with a taste for the odd. In Copenhagen, you will often find him hanging out at the local FabLabs. Growing up in Denmark, he developed a natural interest in Scandinavian minimal design traditions. Besides the aesthetics and arts, Kristoffer is equally interested in the technical aspects behind them: how are designs made? How are objects produced? From engineering to a jewelry brand Kristoffer is a recent engineering graduate who worked as a playground designer before taking his Master’s degree. With Primal Crafts he then started his own jewelry brand – something that even the founder himself wouldn’t have dreamed of a while ago. “I sort of stumbled into the jewelry business, rather than pursuing it directly. I started out doing a couple of designs as gifts for my girlfriend and my friends, and from there on it sort of just took off,” he told us. Now, Primal Crafts is Kristoffer’s full-time occupation. This means he does everything from product design, marketing, running the webshop and even accounting himself. With his own brand, he seeks ways to produce alternative jewelry: “I like to challenge the ordinary, both in terms of esthetics and style, but also in terms of the distribution and manufacturing, which is where 3D printing fits in the brand.” The fusion of mythology and minimalism Kristoffer’s designs are a fusion of alternative inspiration and minimal design. In addition to this, the design DNA of Primal Crafts is tightly intertwined with 3D printing as it embraces the raw surfaces and finishes of the manufacturing process. The inspiration for his designs comes from many places. For many of his designs, Norse Mythology, but also artists, musicians, and painters, have been a great source of inspiration: “I feel my broad line of influences gives my jewelry a uniqueness that gives the business a breath of fresh air.” We can definitely see that this fusion of fantasy, mythology, and minimal design creates a unique and distinguishable style and feel for his products. Kristoffer says that “In the beginning, the individual pieces were not that similar, but over time my design language has become more refined, which has created a more coherent assortment of designs.” 3D printing jewelry designs To turn his designs into physical objects, Kristoffer relies on 3D printers. “3D printing offers several benefits in my view. With 3D printing, designs can be updated in real time to allow instant improvements, custom sizes can be made without adding complexity and the boundaries of esthetics can be pushed even further than with traditional manufacturing processes. 3D printing brings great opportunities when it comes to customization and flexibility. I believe these elements are great for a business, especially in a world where personalization and changing business environments are only increasing. With 3D printing, it is also possible to reduce stock to a minimum. I believe that this is a great thing for me as a business, but also for my customers. Without having to think about selling old stock, customers can always be presented with the best and latest version of products.” However, 3D printing is more than a manufacturing process for the Danish designer. “3D printing democratizes manufacturing – it makes it easier for people without the financial means to start something at low risk. If 3D printing had not been as accessible to me as it is, I would probably not have started Primal Crafts. So without 3D printing, Primal Crafts would never have existed,” Kristoffer admits. When it comes to 3D printing materials, Kristoffer most often chooses steel or silver for his designs. However, he currently has a new favorite: “Right now I have a crush on titanium, though. I love the material and really think that 3D printing will expand the use of Titanium in the jewelry and fashion industry.” Designing for 3D printing In order to create new designs, Kristoffer either starts with a rough sketch drawn by hand or by jumping directly into his 3D modeling software – Rhinoceros for the most part, but depending on the design, the 3D file might take shape in SolidWorks or Blender as well. The biggest challenge and most crucial steps when designing for 3D printing is the material-specific optimization of the 3D model, especially when it comes to choosing the right wall thickness: “To me it is crucial that these aspects are integrated into the early design of the pieces, otherwise they might not turn out well, either because the piece is not printable or because you have to make last minute changes to the dimensions which ruin the design.” Get Primal Craft jewelry or create your own 3D print If you want to learn more about Primal Craft and browse more designs, take a look at the Primal Craft website and the i.materialise web shop. If you want to print your own creations in more than 100 different materials, simply upload your 3D file here for an instant price quote.