Tuesday 4 December 2012

Maxi Gossamer's Second Life Jewellery Esapes To The Real World

My Shapeways order, 3D prints of some of my Secondlife mesh jewellery, has arrived !! YAY !!

Shapeways and 3D printing is something that many SL creators could start thinking about right now. We can build in mesh for Second Life and then take those meshes and send them to the awesome Shapeways (3D printing bureau and shop), upload them and make them available for sale as real world products too, offering lots of different materials from Sterling silver, to bronze and other materials. This is really quite an amazing opportunity for digital creators of all kinds. 

Here's me in Second Life wearing the Marrakech Heart and also some photos of the real world version of the heart

My Shapeways Order Arrives

My First Shapeways 3D Print Run

 I also had a few rings 3D printed to test detail levels and resolution, I'm learning as I go. I am most pleased with the Marrakech Heart, it's perfect and just how I imagined it. It's printed in glossy silver and polished by the Shapeways team. I will be oxidising/antiquing the heart to bring out the design and detail. I'll post more pics of the oxidised silver heart as soon as it's done.

I'm in a bit of a tizz about all this and the possibilities. I still have a lot to learn about how to get the best from 3D prints, for instance, how deep to etch in the designs to get the best and most accurate results for the real world. My Sea Anemone ring lost a bit of detail but right now I'm not sure if that's to do with the resolution of the Shapeways 3D wax printer or perhaps a little too much polishing or maybe I just didn't put deep enough etched detail in the model itself. Lots to learn.

Click HERE to visit my Second Life Marketplace Shop
Click HERE to visit my inwolrd Second Life shop on Ooot Ooot sim
Click HERE to visit my Shapeways Shop where you can buy real world versions of my jewellery

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