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Colored Marbles [message #8967] Thu, 14 January 2010 20:07 UTC Go to next message
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The Colored Marbles had arrived.

index.php?t=getfile&id=2285&private=0

That's very cool to have the multicolor prints in my hands!

There are 3 models of marbles (a 4th is coming soon), all being 7/8" and available as co-creators so that you can put your own image:
- Solid Marble
- Hollow Marble
- Bistable Hollow Marble

The Solid Marble is a simple Sphere. It is not hollowed and has no hole, hence it is the most expensive. I propose it as a co-creator for those who do not have the time, the patience or the knowledge to make and upload a textured sphere, but as I am a little bit reluctant to pretend I invented the sphere Very Happy , I also propose it for free (well, for no markup).
Just download the file wrl below, zip it with a jpeg (2048x1024 pixels recommended) that you will name "image.jpg" (all in lower case, including the extension) and upload it in your designs. In this way, you won't have to pay the markup!

Some words about the images: 2048x1024 is recommended (that's what I used, but I guess that smaller image can be OK (say 1024x256 or even 800x400). But they must be twice as large as high. The texture will be wrapped on the sphere, so the first and the lines of pixels will become 2 points at the poles, and the line at half heigh will become the equator. When there are holes, they are at the poles. So sometime you will have to turn the images 90, like for instance for the Happy/Sad Face:
index.php?t=getfile&id=2290&private=0
(not my best drawing, it is just for you to understand)

The Solid Marble is suitable for a number of holders that can act as Pendants or Keyrings:
- the Big Marble Pendant v2
- the Big Marble Pendant v3
- the Marble Cage
Currently only White Strong Flexible has been tested for those designs.
The two fist ones need some flexibility, but the last one has been design with Stainless Steel in mind (no need to be flexible), and I am quite confident that Transparent Detail could also work with it.

The Hollow Marble is 3mm thick and has 2 holes of 2mm.
It is less expensive than the previous one.
It is suitable for the 3 previous holders but also for
- the Roll Pendant
- the Earth Pendant (the inclinaison of the axis is the one of the Earth, so it is perfect for a Earth texture Razz ).
Obviously, you can also use this marble as a bead.

The Bistable Hollow Marble has been specially designed for the Roll Pendant. It is like the previous one, but the holes, instead of being circular have the shape of an ellipse. As a consequence, it has two stable positions, so you can use each time you have to make a choice with two options: for instance with texures like Yes/No, Happy Face/Sad Face, Wife's Picture/Mother in Law's Picture etc.

index.php?t=getfile&id=2286&private=0
index.php?t=getfile&id=2288&private=0

Let me know your opinion!

[Updated on: Thu, 14 January 2010 22:00 UTC]

Re: Colored Marbles [message #8968 is a reply to message #8967 ] Thu, 14 January 2010 21:48 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Cool and interesting! Great looking marbles!

Thanks for the info!
Re: Colored Marbles [message #8970 is a reply to message #8968 ] Thu, 14 January 2010 22:02 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I appreciate all the more the compliment that it comes from a specialist !
Thank you very much!
Very Happy


So many things to design, so little time...
Re: Colored Marbles [message #8971 is a reply to message #8970 ] Thu, 14 January 2010 23:05 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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looks great!
how does the texture look,, in your eyes!
does it look good? or is it blurry?

words tell me more this time then the pictures! Razz
Re: Colored Marbles [message #8980 is a reply to message #8971 ] Fri, 15 January 2010 07:15 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That's pretty cool. I already have an idea for what to put on one. I may get one when I place my next order.
Re: Colored Marbles [message #8996 is a reply to message #8980 ] Fri, 15 January 2010 22:23 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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To Jettuh: the texture looks really great. I was amazed by the precision. I would say, to give a comparison, that it is the same quality as a paper print (not on a photo-paper of course, but on a regular paper).
Of course it looks a little bit fuzzy probably because you can still see the layers of the material printing (and this adds a kind of granularity) but I think definitively that is worth trying this new material!

To Wolfdagon: I am convinced that there are a lot of creative designs to do by changing the image on the marble and I look forward seeing your customization!
Re: Colored Marbles [message #9202 is a reply to message #8967 ] Sun, 24 January 2010 19:20 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Great idea. Simple but very useful for people who want their own custom gifts.

How did you go about setting up the custom picture uploading? I created a box from a popular "character" that was mapped with a single side and I'd like to let others upload custom textures for it.

-Chris

[Updated on: Sun, 24 January 2010 22:13 UTC]

Re: Colored Marbles [message #9206 is a reply to message #9202 ] Sun, 24 January 2010 22:22 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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For me, the most difficult part has been to texture the model...
If this is done in your case, then the remaining stuff is easier:
1) export your model in WRL format
2) open it in a text editor: you should see a line that reads
texture ImageTexture {
          url "dice.jpg"
        }
(obviously "dice.jpg" is the example in my own file, you will probably find any other name in yours Smile)
3) rename the image your receive from your client with the name in the file (or do the contrary: modify the WRL file so that the name in the text match the name of the image that was sent to you
4) zip the WRL file and the image file together and upload the zip file for your client

How you receive the image from your client and how you upload the custom model to him is explained in the co-creator tutorial (you have to ask Shapeways to transform your regular model into a co-creator one).

If any step is unclear, please fill free to let me know.

Regards,

Magic.

EDIT: the co-creator tutorial link is now available just near the co-creator button on your models' pages (when you are logged in, and you visit your own shop of course).

[Updated on: Mon, 01 February 2010 22:12 UTC]

Re: Colored Marbles [message #9226 is a reply to message #9206 ] Mon, 25 January 2010 19:38 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Aah, figured it might be a manual step. Thanks for your help!
Re: Colored Marbles [message #9227 is a reply to message #8967 ] Mon, 25 January 2010 20:06 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Sounds like a update request. Have it so people can just upload an image to a co-creator, view it, then order it. No middle man (shop owner) in-between, no "build time" upload the image, 10 days later you have it.


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Re: Colored Marbles [message #9237 is a reply to message #9227 ] Mon, 25 January 2010 22:53 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I am not sure to understand. What do you call an "update request"? I am not familiar with this concept. Is there an hidden tutorial for that? Very Happy
Re: Colored Marbles [message #9249 is a reply to message #8967 ] Tue, 26 January 2010 13:32 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Well that's another update request I've seen before. A place to actually put update request and bug reports so the forum isn't littered with them in every section, and we can follow them to see the status of them.


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Re: Colored Marbles [message #9258 is a reply to message #9249 ] Tue, 26 January 2010 18:35 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ok, sorry, I get confused because I though the update you were speaking about was the update of the jpg image in the zip file Very Happy
Yes you are right, this could be a new feature request. For sure, if the change of the jpg image could be automated, I would lower my markup on the co-creator model...
Re: Colored Marbles [message #9466 is a reply to message #9258 ] Mon, 01 February 2010 18:39 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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In the first message of this topic, I mentionned that a 4th marble would be available soon.
The time has come to unveil the Event Bead.
I call it Bead, because it is not intended to be used with any holder: you just have to insert a necklace in one hole, and make it exit by the opposite hole.
These holes are not centered on the bead but there are moved upwards. In this way, if you print a picture on the bead, it will always show it (instead of turning randomly).
To make a comparison with the Bistable Marble, let's say that it is a Monostable Marble Very Happy .

So, I already explained why I call it Bead, now let look in more detail why it is an Event Bead.
One usage of this bead is to outline the significant events of you life, such as (but not limited to):
- your birth,
- your graduation,
- your first job,
- your wedding,
- the birth of your children,
- your discovering of Shapeways...
For each event, you can make a bead with at the recto a picture illustrating the event, and at the verso some text that would give some explanations or precisions (like a date).
When you put all the beads together, you obtain the "necklace of your life" Very Happy.
Attached to this message is an example of image for a birth, so that you can understand the layout for the co-creator.


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[Updated on: Mon, 01 February 2010 18:39 UTC]

Re: Colored Marbles [message #9478 is a reply to message #9466 ] Tue, 02 February 2010 06:24 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Sounds like a cool idea. Look forward to seeing some actual prints combined into a "life necklace".
Re: Colored Marbles [message #10535 is a reply to message #9478 ] Sun, 07 March 2010 10:04 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi Wolfdagon,

You can now see a video here of the Life Necklace (with only one bead though...).
Re: Colored Marbles [message #10992 is a reply to message #10535 ] Sat, 20 March 2010 21:19 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I received a new version of the Marble Cage.
This is a redesigned version (see the previous one here).
This time (and you know I like that) the two moving parts have exactly the same shape, and there is a little it more room for the marble to roll freely.

I received them in White Strong and Flexible, in Transparent Detail (that needed some extra cleaning for the smallest rings) and in Stainless Steel which is a best material if you want to lock it with a keyring.
Here is a picture in Stainless Steel:
index.php?t=getfile&id=3009&private=0
You can also watch this video on Youtube.

Re: Colored Marbles [message #13937 is a reply to message #8967 ] Thu, 24 June 2010 08:35 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Delayed Response Wink This is great, like the holder for it too.

Saw an ad for it in the Shapeways package today Wink

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Re: Colored Marbles [message #13954 is a reply to message #13937 ] Thu, 24 June 2010 21:42 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you Madox. Happy that you like the marbles and the holders.
I also received this ad... Razz It was a very pleasant surprise for me! Shocked (thanks Shapeways!)
The Hollow Marble is my most successful object so far.
Then comes the Earth not so flat, which is a similar concept...
I also sold some couples of holders, but not so many...
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These are SO ingenious! Congrats!

Is full colour sandstone suitable to wear as jewellery though...?

I would like to make some pendants of my traditional art, but apparently the sandstone is covered in a wax coating... would that wear well? And if it all wore off, would the picture still be safe...?

Have you by any chance worn these beads for a while and tested their durability...?

Thanx for your help!
Re: Colored Marbles [message #18987 is a reply to message #18979 ] Wed, 13 October 2010 06:32 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks for the kind words Facenna.

Honestly, being only a male Rolling Eyes , I do not wear those beads.
The ones I have at home are still as good as the first day.

This being said, I am not a fan of the wax coating: you can scratch the surface with your nails and cannot wash them with water, soap and a brush. If you do so, the surface become white and opaque.
To get rid of the scratches and of the opacity, you can put the marbles in an oven at 60°C: the wax become transparent again.

So I guess that if you put the oven at more than that (Sandstone without wax can stand up to 280°C) then you will probably get rid of the wax.

As a post-production, I guess that sanding them and then coating them with an epoxy spray should work very well (read this).

But clearly this is still an experimental phase for Color Sandstone as jewelry...
Re: Colored Marbles [message #19471 is a reply to message #18987 ] Wed, 20 October 2010 22:27 UTC Go to previous message
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Thanx so much for taking the time to help! Smile

 
   
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