Always wanted to try my hand at modeling, metal casting, and stone setting a tennis bracelet. My understanding is that they can be quite tricky to make because a good tennis bracelet is semi-rigid laterally with just enough flex to be comfortable. Not to mention that assembly is fiddly and the cleanup work repetitive.
Modeled in Rhino3D/MatrixGold today.
NEXT STEP: Printing a few test links in a wax-based resin for casting.
SUPPORTED FOR TEST PRINT
Ambitious project for a first go. I’m impressed.
Test pieces printed fine… but those tiny hinges going to be fiddly!
NEXT STEP: Cast and polish.
SECOND test casting in silver before moving on to 14K Gold. Had to make the hinges 50% larger than I originally modeled them for strength.
Now to cast a whole bunch of links… also have to do variations that will be for the start and end link, as well as some with earring backs and pendant jump rings. Yikes!
Very nice work. Look forward to seeing it finished.
Ya! All the pieces parts are printed… think they’ll be cast Monday or Tuesday of next week, then it begins!
Castings came out good… and surprisingly loops nicely without being loose laterally! Now to solder!
That’s turning out really professional looking Brad. Great job.
I’ve been paying CLOSE attention to your Jewelry Journey Brad, and I’m impressed with your progress. I really like what I’ve been seeing. Keep it up!!!
Thank you, Michelle! It’s hard to see progress sometimes and it helps to have someone remind you to step back and look!
Are you making your jewelry at makeict? I didn’t think we did casting. Casting is what I’m interested in most, I would of hit that department up long time ago If I knew
The jewelry lab has what you need to cast small amounts of precious metals