This long rope, statement necklace will attract attention. The red and black cube sections have been 3D printed in a material called polyamide, which is extremely lightweight and very hard wearing. Looking at the piece you think that the cube details are solid metal but when you pick it up, you are amazed by how light and comfortable the piece is to wear.
This necklace has silver cube details on top of the large black piece at the front to add a bit of luxury, glamour and sparkle to catch the eye from the matt black surface of the piece. Each of the smaller red, black and silver cubes can be slide along the rope, creating a different look each time. You can wear the piece long or you can wrap it around 2 times or even three times to make it more of a choker piece. It has a silver plated, tube, twist, magnetic catch and can be opened to wrap around your neck or wrist (if you wish!) as many times as you want to wear it.
The larger of the back cubes is approximately 6cm x 3cm, with the smaller cubes being 1cm and the medium cube being 2.5cm x 2cm. Currently this is a one off piece. If I was to produce a piece like this again I will rearrange the silver sections and stone detail, making each piece unique.
The whole rope length is 52″ with a silver plated twist, magnetic catch. Wear it as you please!
The story behind my 3D Printed Collection
With the advances in new technology, I never want to be left behind with my practice so I decided to experiment with 3D Printing to create my new collection of jewellery. However as handmade skills are extremely important in my practice I also didn’t want these skills to be lost in the making of the new collection. So I have incorporated 3D printing technology with handmade skills to produce my new Gothic Cube Collection.
This collection has been designed by using the Cloud 9 design programme, by Anarkik3D. The programme is really fun to use as you can design serendipitous shapes with a haptic mouse. The haptic mouse is sensory so you can feel a sensation when you touch the object with the curser, so it allows you to feel like you are sculpting and moulding the shapes.
I use the programme to create shapes that I wouldn’t be able to make by hand (or at least they would be extremely difficult, time consuming and costly to make!) Then I get these shapes 3D printed in a hard wearing, but lightweight material called Polyamide. Getting them printed in this material, allows me to produce really chunky, statement pieces, without them totally wearing you down. I love to wear chunky pieces but as I have an underactive thyroid, I have a weak neck and decided to experiment making large statement pieces that aren’t heavy to wear. The solution is my 3D printed collection.
Each piece is solid and looks like chunky metal, but each of the coloured shapes are made in Polyamide, so they are durable and light to wear.