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A 3D Printed Vase And Fabric Flowers
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Regular visitors to my blog will have seen an assortment of 3D printed items appear in a variety of my blog posts since my nephew first got a 3D printer. I have posted several times about both the trials and tribulations of this first 3D printer as well as his developing into a designer of his own 3D items. A quick search for 3D in the box above will I’m sure bring up those things if you are interested.
But for today’s post the 3D element is a Vase – and for the design I went back to Thingiverse for the file. Unfortunately the print failed a a little before the top (due to a blockage in the nozzle causing first under extrusion then zero extrusion) so won’t look exactly as the designer intended. But, having had a good look at it, and takeing off the top few layers that had not adhered properly, I decided that it would still work as a vase for the faux flowers I was makeing.
Just in case there were other weak bits in the printing that wasn’t obvious to the eye, I did decide to paint it inside and out using ModPodge, which acts as both sealant and glue.
You will notice that it is printed in several colour tones – this is because I used a “varigated” filament.
The flowers were made using some Craft Buddy flower making items, wire stems and florist tape. I wanted each flower to stand individually therefore didn’t completely fill the vase of add foliage.
What I Used To Make The Vase
- 3D Printer Used – Creality Ender 3 Pro
- Design – Flower Vase large twist by mistertech (Licensed under the Creative Commons – Attribution – Non-Commercial license)
- PLA Filament – Noulei PLA Filament Silky Shiny Rainbow Multicolor – The 1Kg reel of filament has lots of colours in it, it just happened that these were the colours at the end where we started from – a sort of pale maroon red through to silver. When I get my nephew to print me something else from this reel it will start at the silver and go into another colour.
- Glue/Sealant – ModPoge, Glossy
The Finished Vase
This is what the vase looked like after tidying it up and brushing over ModPodge.
And a bit closer look.
What I Used To Make The Flowers
The Finished Flowers
This is the box of material flower layers, plastic components and tool I started off with.
I made up lots of flowers using several different shades of flower layers that I thought would work together as one flower or as flowers put together in a vase. Some flowers have a touch of yellow or green on individual layers.
Some are made with more layers to make the appear fuller.
I put them together in the 3D printed vase, bending and curling the ends of the wires to give different height to the flowers, rather than cutting the ends off. This mean that I could make the ends of the flowers intertwine and help support each other in the position I put them in – I didn’t want to fill the vase until tight as I wanted the individual flowers to stand out. For this reason I didn’t add greenery either.
Looking at the vase of flowers from a top angle.
A view from further down.
And a further view of the flowers in the vase.
Sorry for the messy background. The kitchen had the best light conditions when I came to take the photographs, and I had several crafting totes and other things still out from a crafting session.
I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.
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