This is NOT a how-to series. This is an observation of my creative process to give people a better idea of how my pieces are made.
How long I take to do my research depends on how much I may already know on the subject, the scale of the design, and the overall complexity of the project.
The larger or more difficult designs (i.e. moving parts, interlocking designs, designs that require LED installation, irregular shapes, floating/overlapping patterns, etc.) will usually require more careful thought and consideration while designing.
Like doing my research, how long I take to do my sketches will also depend on how much I may already know on the subject, the scale of the design, and the overall complexity of the project.
Generally, the larger the concept, the more time will be required for sketching.
If the client wants a design that is custom fitted to their face or body, it would be ideal if the client already has their own clean 3D scan. If you do a quick Google search, there are now many available 3D scanning services. However, there is the other option of using the good ol’ tape measure and calipers. I would provide guidance on the necessary measurements I’d need for a design.
The patterns on my masks and other designs are all hand drawn and later 3D modeled.
Watch videos 3-6 in the playlist below. Depending on the size, complexity, and detail, overall sketching, pattern drawing, and 3D modeling the design can take anywhere between 30-150+ hours of labor.
The client can virtually explore the final 3D model before proceeding with 3D printing. It can take 1-3 weeks for an item to 3D print.
My Dreamer Masks are 3D printed via the selective laser sintering (SLS) process, which involves a laser fusing together powder. The jewelry creation process is slightly different. It is first 3D printed in wax, next a liquid plaster mold is poured around it, then it is cast in the desired metal, and finally it is polished.
Dreamer Masks (or other wearable non-metal designs) are typically 3D printed in a flexible nylon plastic or a very flexible elasto plastic. Please note that my earlier mask designs printed in nylon plastic do not have the flexibility of leather or cloth and may feel stiff on the face or body. While the material is fairly sturdy and can often withstand a minor fall, it should not be deliberately tossed, pulled or thrown.
However, my newer mask designs printed in elasto plastic can withstand quite a beating and are extremely flexible as you can see in the Instagram clip below. Even so, the masks designs should not be deliberately thrown…because that’s not nice 🙁
It’s so bendy! 😀 More tests with new elastic mask materials and non-cracking flexible paints. #sculptureart #3dart #3dprinted #3dp #3dprinting #shapeways #masquerade #mask #dream #filigree #carnival #dreamer #Venetianmask #blender #dreamermask #lumecluster #wip #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasyartist #masqueradeball #masqueradeparty #masquerademask #fairy #fairytale #ethereal #elven #elves
Depending on the size, complexity, and detail of the design, this can take anywhere between 10-80+ hours of labor (not including curing time).
Metal designs are polished and don’t require painting and finishing. However, non-metal products do require painting and finishing. Materials include filler, sealer, acrylic paint, and protective acrylic finisher.
Other additional items like LEDs or resin cast gems are sometimes included depending on the design.
I hope this offers more inspiration and insight behind what goes into 3D modeling and 3D printing art. If you’d like to see more photos and videos of how the Dreamer Regalia was made, you can check out these three posts: