Bottom Up V3+ 3D printer build and test

As part of my jewelry business, I use 3D printing for the creation of Castable masters for some of my jewelry. Mainly making unique and complex pieces for my clients, I need to quickly and faithfully print wax masters for our creations.

I started my work on 3D printing in 2015 with the purchase of a 1200 Project 3DS printer, an honest review of which is published here (in French). I then changed my printer, for a Draken 3D printer from the company 3DFacture which is also an SLA type 3D printer offering a larger printing surface than the 1200 and the freedom to manage the light exposure parameters at will, allowing me to work with resins more economical than those of 3DS and especially castable.

 Then, I now turned to a 3D printer, still SLA, but of a new type for me since printing from the bottom up, unlike the two previous printers which are of the Bottom-Up type.

3D printer software

September 17, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Gold name bracelet

When it comes to making an original gift, on the occasion of a birth, a birthday or a particular family event such as the wedding, jewelry customization is an idea that hits all shots.

This is the case of the customization of an 18-karat gold bracelet with the first names of a couple's children, as we will see in this article.

gold name bracelet

June 16, 2021 — Hugo Maherault

Custom family crest signet rings

Signet rings are centuries old, and while they are not used anymore as seal ring as they used to be in the past, they are a symbol of pride and elegance nowadays.

There are still synonyme of durability and in most of the case are an heirloom to the future family generation.

3 family initials gold signet rings

We mary ancient craftmanship with modern jewelry tools as 3D rendering and 3D printing to get amazing results. We detail here below the way we proceed and the making process used to craft your bespoke signet ring.

June 16, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

18k gold Scorpion ring

Scorpion is a symbolic animal, having its own constellation in the sky and its place in Greek mythology: Scorpius was ordered to kill Orion by Gaïa, the goddess of the Earth.

Symbol of desire and passion, it is an excellent subject for the making of zodiac-inspired jewels.

If we had the opportunity to make many animal-inspired jewelry, this is the first scorpion topic we had the opportunity to make.

It's a signet ring representing a scorpion in the sand with a 2,5 millimeters large HSI diamond on the tail and initials buried in the sand facing the scorpion. You will notice the details of the shell of the scorpion, the claws, its head the 7 paws (in spite of 8 as we worked this design from the 3D cad model from our client).

Scorpio signet ring

June 10, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

The different types of necklace chains links in jewelry

Faced with all the existing chain maille weaves for making chains, used both for bracelets, necklaces and anklets, it's normal that you feel disoriented when you search for an internet purchase.

To find your way around, we offer you this guide which includes most of the chain maille weaves used for bracelets, chains and necklaces.

big silver chain for men

May 06, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Creation of a gold heart pendant

Although the heart-shaped pendant is a classic jewelery gift for women, there are endless ways to personalize such a jewel.

Indeed, if you want to get away from the classic 18-karat gold heart pendant personalized by the engraving of a simple name, you can totally embark on the creation of an original heart design that will please your spouse.

This is the case of this project that we could make in our jewelry workshop.

Gold heart pendant

October 11, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Crimping in jewelry

Historically, precious stones are set on jewelry by crimping.

This technique revolutionized the goldsmithery previously limited to the work of precious metals to create jewelry : the art of highlighting the jewels on precious metal frames in gold or silver.

Crimping the ring Crimping the ring
October 11, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Pyramid ring for men

Egypt has had a millennia-old culture prior to European civilizations and has been a great source of inspiration in terms of myths and symbols.

Like many Egyptian symbols used for jewelry making, I think of the cross of life in particular, the Egyptian pyramid serves as inspiration for this project of men's ring.

The massive ring body is 925 silver while the pyramid is 18-karat yellow gold.

Pyramid ring

October 09, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Signet rings for men

The signet ring is the perfect gift for a man.

Apart from the bracelet, the signet ring is indeed the only jewel that can be worn elegantly without being too visible either, especially in a strict working environment.

Yellow gold signet ring

Catholic gold signet ring 

Yellow gold signet ring

Portugal gold signet ring 

October 07, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Signet rings with onyx stones

Onyx stone is a fine stone that is neither rare nor precious, yet onyx is the most popular stone for making signet rings for men (fr).

Much more than signet rings with amethyst stone or turquoise.

As you certainly know, signet rings are the type of men's favorite ring.

gold signet ring with onyx

October 06, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Sigillary ring : armorial signet ring for seals

By definition, a sigillary ring is a ring with a large tray (also called kitten) on which is engraved a pattern, usually a coat of arms, which can be used as a seal to seal documents with wax.

Gold templar ring Templar seal wax
October 04, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Price of a custom signet ring

Men prefer signet rings to rings.

Wearing little jewelry, they are usually oriented towards making unique signet rings personalized according to their tastes.

Of course, the price of these signet rings suffers and has nothing to do with the price of simple rings manufactured in series that are found in jewelry dealers.

Gold signet ring with black diamond

 

October 03, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Custom name ring

At the birth of a child or for the birthday of his wife, the ring name is a very good choice of gift.

This kind of customizable ring is engraved with the names of the children of the family, arranged around the ring and framed by two fine rings for a good reading.

In this case, the name ring in question includes the three first names of a sibling, each name being separated by a small heart with a diamond set closed in the center.

Gold name ring

September 30, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Big diamond ring

Whether for an engagement or to celebrate a wedding anniversary, a diamond ring is the most sought-after jewel for this type of occasion.

Big diamond ring

September 24, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Wedding rings duo

For a couple considering their wedding, the choice of a pair of matching wedding rings is an important moment.

It will be necessary to agree on the design and the dimensions of the alliances which will be worn by the man and the woman, during a whole life.

Celtic wedding rings duo heart wedding rings duo Biker wedding rings duo
Initials wedding rings duo Leaves wedding rings duo Fleur de lys wedding rings duo
September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Manufacture of African gold ring V-shaped

For the last 5 years, African jewelry is in fashion.

Driven by the appeal of ethnic art, new creations are emerging from patterns and colors of the black continent.

In this case, it is not a novelty since this design of African V-shaped ring is already well known, it is a classic.

By cons we will show you how is made this ring by hand.

African V-shaped ring

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Wedding ring engraving

The exchange of wedding rings between the spouses remains the highlight of a marriage.

However, the engraving of these is what will remain definitively on the rings that will accompany you all your life.

So, as much choose an engraving that suits you.

Gold opal ring

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Creation of a gold claddagh ring

Although the claddagh ring is of Irish origin, it is known throughout the world.

It is offered either to make engagement requests or to be worn as a wedding ring.

This symbol of love or friendship has surpassed the Irish community alone because of the symbolism it represents.

gold claddagh ring

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Gold ring of Portugal

For lovers of Portugal or descendants of Portuguese migrants, wearing a jewel stamped with the image of the country of origin of their family represents a strong emotional symbol.

It is possible to wear the image of Portugal as a pendant, the map of Portugal is well suited, or in the form of a ring engraved with the symbol of this country, as we will see here.

Portugal gold ring

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Skull jewelry

Skull jewelry is on the rise.

This morbid symbol is slowly passed in the nineteenth century taboo in fashion clothing, being tattooed on the skin and is now declined in all forms jewelry.

Skull ring

September 20, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Abalone mother-of-pearl jewelry

Mother-of-pearl is very popular in jewelry making. Mother-of-pearl shell jewelry mounted in a necklace or bracelet has been used for thousands of years by man.

Mother-of-pearl is the result of the secretion made by molluscs that covers the inner part of their shell. This secretion accumulates over time to form thick mother-of-pearl that is used in jewelry among other things.

choker necklace black pearl 18k gold earrings with pearls diy necklace with pearls

 

September 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Milanese chain bracelet in gold

This article details the manufacture of a Milanese gold chain bracelet.

Custom made to be mounted on the watch of our client (fr), we detail here the manufacture process of the Milanese chain.

This is a flexible bracelet with articulated links made in 14-karat white gold.

gold Milanese chain bracelet

September 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Big 14-karat gold ring

Men usually wear fewer rings, but tend to choose big pure gold rings or signet rings (fr).

We present in this article the creation of a large rectangular ring topped with silver initials.

Big gold ring

September 13, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Forçat chain in 18-karat gold

Forçat chain maille weaves are a classic of jewelry, often worn by men in general, giving a masculine style to 18-karat gold necklace even when they are fine.

They are in great demand for making gold necklaces and bracelets. Although of classic design, we can easily customize them by choosing the size of the links and the length of the chain, in order to adapt them to each one.

Forcat chain 18K gold

September 13, 2019 — Hugo Maherault
Jewelry with lapis lazuli stone

Jewelry with lapis lazuli stone

Lapis lazuli stone has been exploited for making objects, amulets and jewels for thousands of years.

She was particularly appreciated by Egyptians who considered it a precious stone.

Timeless stone, it is still used in the fields of jewelry, jewelry and watchmaking in our time.

lapis lazuli ring

September 10, 2019 — Hugo Maherault