Deer Brooch Clip pin success

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by MuseumofSmallThings, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. MuseumofSmallThings
    MuseumofSmallThings New Member
    My partner and i thought we would try out a brooch design. We looked for a standard brooch pin to use in the beta design and if successful in all future designs. We found a local supplier of brooch pins and decided to test one out. Today the beta design arrived and the brooch pin clicked in very solidly with no issues what so ever . We are calling this a successful design and will use this clasp solution going forward.

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  2. duann
    duann New Member
    Very nice...
     
  3. MuseumofSmallThings
    MuseumofSmallThings New Member
    Thanks Duann,
    This is the first model we have ordered in WSF Polished. It's awesome! Such a nice finish.

    Leigh
     
  4. lensman
    lensman Well-Known Member
    So it clicks on as opposed to being glued on... nice. I have about 100 of those brooch pins and this was one of my back-burner projects...

    Glenn
     
  5. MuseumofSmallThings
    MuseumofSmallThings New Member
    Thanks Glenn,
    I had this awful fear that a glued in clasp would come unstuck and fall out. I am happy with snap in also for the speed of assembly. I would defiantly recommend it.

    Leigh
     
  6. ana_xyz
    ana_xyz New Member
    Hi Leigh, I included the Deer Brooch in the WSF edition of Friday Finds. If you do set this model as sellable at any point, let me know so I can switch the link. ;)

     
  7. MuseumofSmallThings
    MuseumofSmallThings New Member
    Thanks Ana, that's awesome!!
    I plan to get it up for sale at some point. I will let you know.

    Leigh
     
  8. mrgm
    mrgm New Member
    that is a cool idea
     
  9. dhawktx
    dhawktx New Member
    Leigh, if you decide you want it even more secure on the pin, you can use a soldering iron or wood burning tool to melt the plastic down a bit and 'rivet' it to the pin back.

    Also, I'm having great success fusing WSF with a Thread Burner - if you find yourself in a situation where a design is too complex to print at one go, you can fuse rather than glue...

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  10. lensman
    lensman Well-Known Member
    @dhawktx - Could you post a new thread regarding fusing - sounds interesting.

    Glenn
     
  11. dhawktx
    dhawktx New Member
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011
  12. Pherja
    Pherja New Member
    If you made the 3 dots of plastic a little longer and straight, you could just use a regular flat tipped soldering iron and push the rods down against the metal. They'd flatten out and make a nice, snug lock.

    I would hope Shapeways would add this feature, because we can't really sell them directly if we have to do this ourselves.
     
  13. dhawktx
    dhawktx New Member
    @Museum of Small Things: Have you had a chance to test the longevity/strength of the clip-in solution? I'm very curious how well it stands up to repeated strain.

    Thanks,

    Donna
     
  14. MuseumofSmallThings
    MuseumofSmallThings New Member
    Hey Donna,
    We have an example brooch we use to show people and it gets quite a tough work out. It is still solid with no signs of weakening yet. Melting the pins down though is a great idea.

    Leigh
     
  15. dhawktx
    dhawktx New Member
    Leigh,

    Thank you so much for the follow up! Like everyone else, I wonder how well some pieces/designs will hold up under 'real world' conditions. The tension snap fit was an absolutely brilliant idea BTW!

    Donna
     
  16. lensman
    lensman Well-Known Member
    That sounds like a great idea; gluing AND melting the pins would make for an unmovable clasp...

    I have a ton of these clasps at home and was wondering what to do with them!

    Glenn
     
  17. This is such a cute design! I love it!
    It's also very nice you can finish it yourself with a standard pin