Something Beautiful in Fashion Jewellery – ELIXIR by Kali Ratcliffe

For this month’s Something Beautiful in Jewellery, I present a jeweller and fashion accessory designer Kali Ratcliffe, and her new brand ELIXIR.

Embossed leather hat, made with Rhino and a CNC milled mould

Kali is a graduate of the Royal College of Art who has studied under several jewellery and silversmithing masters before collaborating with a few London-based fashion labels. What makes her work so interesting is the diversity of approaches she’s willing to take to make the piece she wants, combining resourceful application of Rhino and Zbrush with laser engraving and control over metal and leather to make quite diverse (yet cohesive) forms.

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Nylon 3D Printed Jewellery as a Product – Rebecca Wilkes’ Flower Jewellery

As TCT Magazine recently reported, recent Birmingham School of Jewellery graduate Rebecca Wilkes has been experimenting with full colour nylon SLS printing for producing 3D printed jewellery. With the help of the nylon 3D printers at Digits2Widgets, she has been garnering attention at trade shows for her collection of wearable objects with interchangeable components.

I have to say, it’s nice to see a new generation of students taking chances in seeing how far they can push 3D printed materials as an end product. While the materials aren’t perfect, this work proves that if you can find the right product, 3D printing itself is a viable manufacturing medium for products.

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TCT Magazine Article – 3D Printing Blossoms in Nylon

 

Guardian Article – 30 Things Being 3D Printed Right Now

It’s an old article, but it’s still fun to see what’s out there.

The Guardian’s technology section has assembled a pretty respectable list showcasing the weird and wonderful variety of things currently being manufactured using 3D printing. The list items vary from inane to brilliant, and it’s worth a read. In particular, the article’s choices of 3D printed jewellery services are quite interesting– it’s not every day a jewellery company brags to their customers about making their jewellery primarily using 3D printing.

Guardian Technology Article - 30 Things Being 3D Printed

Poor Keanu. He’s been 3D printed in full colour plaster.

The Guardian – 30 Things Being 3D Printed Right Now (None of Which are Guns)

3D Printing and a New Generation of Jewellery Design

La Gerbe Gold Bracelet by Dyvsign

With the new upsurge in 3D printing’s popularity, there seem to now be a cluster of jewellery designers (both amateur and professional) riding on the crest of the wave of popularity, pushing the limits of both the low end plastic printers as well as the higher end counterparts. I’ve picked out a few interesting jewellery examples worth noting:
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