In this lesson, we are going to start using our computer, blender 3d, and our elegoo mars 3d pritner to design and print a prototype pendant that a customer has asked me to make for them. I really hope that you enjoy this, and find it informative. I’m not the perfect teacher, so any advice would be appreciated, and if there is something that you would like to cover, please let me know and I’ll try and make a video about it… (Related to Jewelry and Watches)!
What Do We Need to Start?
So, for starters, here is a brief list of the items you will need to do this kind of work at home…
- A Computer I use a laptop with a good video card
- Blender 3D www.blender.org
- Some fancy gemstones, or any that you wish to work with
- A Good SLA UV 3d printer, i.e. Elegoo Mars or AnyCubic Photon
Follow my video on making a custom pendant!
Using Blender 3d!
Well, this is a loaded statement, because Blender 3d is a complicated modelling program to use. However, the quick and easy way to learn and use it, is to not use all the features it offers.
You’ll find that most of my models are designed in Blender, because I’m very used to it and have gotten familiar with its basic modelling features. I tend to not utilize all of its fancy tricks.
I’ve done some videos and written some instructions on using blender. Click here, to see a list of articles and videos. If you like the way it works, then I suggest searching Youtube for “learning Blender 2.8 to get started.
In this video, I used some of the basic mesh shapes to design this pendant. Boxes, that I’ve converted into rectangles, torus’, to make the rings. I’ve also used my jewelry library of parts used in the jewelry industry. This library will be available on this site, very soon. The library includes heads, gemstones, rings, pendant parts, and lots of miscellaneous items to help you customize jewelry for yourself or customers.
Getting your hands on gemstones is not very difficult. you can get them on Amazon or Ebay, from jewelry stores that specialize in custom jewelry, or any other website online that you trust.
As a jeweler, I have access to many vendors whom sell all times and shapes of gemstones. I work with Gem Cutters also, although I do not cut gems myself, as I prefer to work with the metal. However, as a jeweler, you have to know the properties of gemstones, and how you can work with them. In some of the next few articles I’ll be covering some of these in depth to help you learn more about the day to day work we do in this industry.
Click here to see a huge selection of gemstones available on Amazon.
Other places to get stones from would be older pieces of jewelry that you may have, or family members may have. You may be surprised to find how family members will give you older items like this, whether they are real gems or imitation. Most of the time, they can be re-used.
A Good 3d Resin Printer and some Resin!
The last part of this lesson includes the best part. At least it is the best part for me. The UV Printer!
The Elegoo Mars is very easy to use, and I’ve made written about it, as well as made a video reviewing it. Click here to see that article.
These printers are easy to use, maintain and come ready out of the box. There are a few things you need to get with the printers, i.e. resin, filters, gloves, respirator. Most important, however, is the resin.
For modelling prototypes of jewelry, I use the basic resins. most 405nm UV resins will work with either of these machines, and some of the resins have special slicing and uv burn times, so read the instructions carefully. Click here to see a good selection of UV Resin.
Finally, you will need to prep yourself for 3d printing for jewelry, by getting your hands on Castable Resin. This is a bit more expensive, but it will offer the best burnout of any resin, and acts more like traditional wax casting. I’ll be reviewing this castable resin in the next video and article. Please tune in for that.
Good luck gang, and please let me know if I can help answer any questions.