Making a Digital Necklace into a 3D Piece!

This is another blog post by Siyu Hu our George Brown College 2020 intern, and now graduate!

During the third-year study at George Brown College while interning at Jewel Envy I made a necklace. The inspiration is from a combination of natural beauty from terrace fields and my interpretation of them. All the elements including the clasp, the chain, and the shapes of the main pieces are inspired by terrace fields.

Terrace is a piece of sloped plane that has been cut into a series of successively receding flat surfaces or sections.

Rhino is a 3D product design software which is widely used by jewellers. It can show your design in different ways such as technique drawing view, pen drawing view and the rendering view. I used Rhino to create a digital necklace design and chose green to be the base colour for every elements since it is the colour of the farmer plants I was inspired by.

Hand rendered drawing of design.
Rhino rendered drawing of design.

Once the design is drawn in Rhino it is printed in 3D and then each piece is cast in sterling silver separately. Then the pieces are finished and I used enamel to create the natural lanscapes colour.

The finial piece is as below:

Terrace Fields Necklace by Siyu Hu
Material: Sterling silver, 14K nickel white gold

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