I received the 3D prints of my Druid Signet ring, the Druid Glyph ring and my set of Gearpunk dice. Shapeways does good work… though it looks like I need to do a little still with the D24 to make it read cleanly. (So to the one person so far who has ordered the ten die set, I’m sorry! Please contact me via the contact info up there on the About tab, and once I get this D24 model all happy again, I’ll print out another one and send it to you. It’s not really Shapeways at fault here, I didn’t design the numbers well enough.)
It looks like I was aiming too small for the detail work, but overall, for custom 3D printing, these turned out really well. Only a decade ago, this would have been absurdly expensive to do. Now, for all three prints, it was around $50. It’s not practical for big stuff, but for little cool widgets and wodgets, this is awesome.
The big ring is size 10 and the small ring is size 6. Bigger is better for detail work, apparently.
Both of those are on my fat-fingered hand. Note to self: hands on the same person can vary in size somewhat… the ring almost got stuck on my right hand, but fit just perfectly on my left (it fit nearly as well as my wedding band; it’s quite comfortable).
I fully intend to dye the dice black and drybrush them with metallic paint to get the proper steampunk feel, but that will come later.
In the meantime, there’s also this little gem that I burned 12 hours on over the last few days. A World of Keflings, now in Sculpey! (Based on this promotional poster, direct from NinjaBee, my employers.)
Wire, armature wire and tinfoil armature on wood, 2 hours. This is really the crucial part, because it’s the skeleton of your sculpture. It needs to be solid (though you can fudge it a little bit with a thin layer of Sculpey you put on and then cook, then put on your detail layer) so you don’t have trouble with the structural integrity. Like a figure drawing, you really need to nail down the proportions or else all the detail work in the world won’t help down the road. (Notably, I should have made Doug’s arms longer so his face would be more visible, but once I got the clay on, it was too late.)
Tools of the sculpting trade, Super Sculpey and a pair of simple plastic tools. Yes, this is really all I used beside my own two hands. You can do a lot with simple tools if you’re careful.
Base and some detailing, 3.5 more hours. Most applications of the Sculpey are 1/4″ or less. Thinner layers bake better and faster, and are lighter so the armature doesn’t get overloaded.
Finished product, 6.5 more hours, plus cooking. 45 minutes at 200F, standard electric stove, cooled for 1 hour before I took it out of the oven.
Grand total, 13 hours or so. Totally worth it. Maybe someday I’ll paint it with acrylic paints, but for today, I’m happy with it in this “raw” state. There’s a certain appeal to the basic sculpture.