I’d like to think I’m not taking photos of your art, I’d like to think I’m making art with you, that I’m your partner, that I complement what you do....
October 28, 2014
February 18, 2016
The invisible neck.
March 3, 2015
I was contacted by a new client, Beth Farber, who wanted something different, something that looked unique and at the same time show the best of her pieces, 2 beaded necklaces, with a cloth like drape, which makes very difficult to shape them, it is like trying to shape a strip of cloth, it might work if you lay it on a table, but we thought that the look we wanted was something that looks exactly like if the piece was it on an invisible neck, which will display the piece is it was intended to be used, hence, the best possible shape.
But when I had the pieces on my hands and I was able to fill how was taking the shape of my palm and fingers, I figured nothing conventional would work. Hang the piece with invisible thread would give uneven shapes, and be way too complicated to do it again, if need, and take too long, and just a little moving thing could make it wiggle… So I thought that may be a display neck could be the solution, and made a few tests, but even if I was able to find a transparent one, Which was important for me, since I wanted to be able to light it from behind too, not only the front, I was not happy with the shape, they were anatomically incorrect, or too wide for the piece, or to narrow and the piece hanged too much.
I liked very much the shape it had when my wife was wearing it, so I thought, I need my wife neck for the photo. How could I get that?
So I remembered that some time ago I purchased a 3D scanner that I never used, and I thought that I could scan my wife upper torso, with the necklace on, and then 3D print it. So was the perfect excuse to get that 3D printer I always wanted to have, plus I had another few ideas for which I needed to have a 3D printer.
So here are some of the steps it took to make this happen.
This was one of the first tests, over a purchased neck, too wide, but in the right direction.
Next step was to scan my wife torso wearing the necklace
Same with the texture
Based on this scan I did a first test 3D print.
And after that model it, into something more useful and neat.
Here you can see the front part, plus a back part which is a bit bigger, enough to photograph the back side keeping the right shape
And the model right out of the printer before cured and polished.
And here is the photo of the front part
And the back part, which is actually exactly the same form, so it respects the true form of the necklace.