Exhibitors 2015

Handcraft porcelain jewels from 3D print
Handcraft porcelain jewels from 3D print

Handcraft porcelain jewels from 3D print

When you build a 3D printer the first things that you'll print are cubes. You need them to understand if the machine is calibrated. My first results were more or less this: Yes, no, now yes, oh no, no... no, wait, wait, wait...no...

Tired of being so scientific I decided to start enjoying myself, so I decided to print a bunny.

Finally I was happy with the result of the shape of the object, but certainly not with the material. That's when it came to me to use the 3D print as a positive to make a mould.

My first bunny jewel was in ceramic, but neither the shape or the material of it satisfied me. So I decided to try with porcelain, knowing really nothing about the features of this material I had to learn a lot, for example that the porcelain during the baking process has a shrinkage of the 20% or that the mould needs to be designed to be removed without breaking the piece.

But viewing the finished object I had no more doubts I created a jewel.
So I could define my production process, after the creation of the prototype the process to make my jewels is to do a mould also designing it first. And at this point after the form is suitably reshaped where there is an excess of material it's backed, a first time to solidify the porcelain letting the water out, the second to fix the enamel.

For my last models I've been designing also the metal parts, experimenting wax 3D printing and micro fusion. In this case I had to learn a lot about metals, the possible thickness achievable and which of them are adapt to be bathed in gold, all information essential to convert my ideas into reality.

I never thought that such a small object could raise so many questions in the making process.
My intention is to maximize the potentials of both techniques to obtain the best results from their merging.
Each of my bijoux is the result of careful mix of digital and manual skills and is unique and is an example of how a dialogue between technology and craftsmanship is not only possible but desirable.

Handcraft porcelain jewels from 3D print

Biancamaria Marchioro

My background is that of Architectural restoration. Materials and their characteristics have always been my passion and the focus of my investigation. Some of the materials which I'm more connected to are certainly for sentimental reasons ceramics. I grew up sorrounded by tiles and decorative hand painted ceramic objects because my parents are interior designers and they have a passion for these kinds of materials. The choice of porcelain to give shape to my jewelry was then an election dictated by my personal experience and taste.

The use of digital technology within my work is thanks to a Masters in Digital Architecture I attended in the IUAV University of Venice. Then my personal interest led me to continue on the path of 3D printing and the artisanal part of the process is due to the desire to create somthing unique and valuable.

I think the learning process that I followed was contrary to what is normally followed by the craftsmen. From Digital Maker to Artisan I had to understand and learn the peculiarities of my final production material to be able to respect those same issues underllying, that also characterize the shapes of my jewelry.

I'm sure that the skills I acquired to merge the digital and artisanal toghether will allow me to develop other projects, this is just the beginning of an exciting adventure, the combinations between digital technology and craft are endless.

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