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Picture of String Art Earrings and Necklace

I was looking at some spirograph art and string art while entries for the Weaving Contest were coming in and thought it would be fun to use 3D printing and string to make some simple and lightweight earrings and a pendant necklace. I went for a pretty basic triangular design, but you could certainly use this technique to try out some other fun designs.

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Etsy

You can buy this earring and necklace set in my Etsy Store or if you are just interested in purchasing the 3D printed pieces so you can make your own, just let me know!

Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies

Besides the 3D print designs I talk about in the next step, you will also need the following supplies. Also, though I 3D printed the base, I'm sure there are numerous ways the base could be created including hand cutting plastic or another material or laser cutting it.

Supplies

  • 3D Printer - I use a Prusa MK3
  • Filament - I decided to make the design really stand out and used Clear/Natural filament
  • Tapestry Needle - a dull needle makes it easier to weave the thread on but isn't necessary
  • E6000 glue - I originally used super glue and it sort of discolored the thread (made it darker) and made it obvious where it was
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Jewelry bits
    • Earrings
    • Jump Rings
    • Chain
    • Clasp
MarietteM418 days ago
Very cool. Teardrop shapes would be nice too.

For example: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/48/63/f9/4863f9f5c0...
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  MarietteM417 days ago
Thank you :) Yeah, I have earrings just like that actually, it's a good design for sure!
Ham-made21 days ago
Hey Penolopy!
Beautiful design and great use of 3D printing! Just curious, due to the susceptible nature of string, do you think they would lose tension and begin to unravel due to changes in humidity over time? Simply wondering as I've seen this happen to other string art pieces exposed to high humidity environments such as bathrooms and I wouldn't want it to happen to your beautiful jewelry if you have them in the bathroom with you while you're getting ready!
Cheers!
Mr. Ham
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Ham-made21 days ago
Honestly, I haven't thought about it too much. I did think about long term durability in general which is why I created the version with holes to try to hold the string in place better. I also debated putting glue around the whole outside to hold the string in place everywhere.
When it comes to humidity I haven't thought much about it. I know I keep my jewelry in the bathroom, but I also know you aren't supposed to because of high humidity :)
babybayrs22 days ago
Cool!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  babybayrs22 days ago
Thank you :)
MaraCreates25 days ago
I love using variegated threads and these are gorgeous!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  MaraCreates24 days ago
Thank you :) And I agree, variegated yarns are fun to use :)
Cliffsclips26 days ago
These look great Penelopy, I always enjoyed spirograph designs when I was a kid. Thank you for sharing.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Cliffsclips26 days ago
Thank you :) I appreciate the comment!
Marvellous!
Thank you :)
RoseB3626 days ago
Would this pattern also work with craft wire? Or would it get too bulky?
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  RoseB3626 days ago
You would use craft wire instead of string? It's certainly possible as long as it's bendy enough :) If it's a thick wire, it might bet too bulky, but you never know till you try!

Or do you mean bendy wire for the 3D print part? That might be a little trickier just for getting the string to stay put, but you could probably get it to work if you wrap it all the way around the edge before moving to the next location around the circle.
These are so awesome! I love the bases you designed and printed and the wrapped pendants and earrings are just beautiful!
Thank you :)
Wow, these look amazing Penelope
Thank you :)