Yarr! It be Pirate treasure of silver - update with Patina and Macro shots

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by bendansie, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. bendansie
    bendansie New Member




    The gold plated glossy one arrived a couple of weeks ago and the silver (not silver glossy) one on Monday. I've been madly trying to improve my photography skills since then.

    While the gold plated one has a nice 'sunken treasure' type of finish too it, it's the print quality of the silver one I'm particularly thrilled with. Naturally I tried ordering silver glossy, but I had a reply stating that the detail level was too small to risk polishing it off again. That being said, the quality of the non glossy silver did not disappoint. Even the slight pupil indents in her eyes came out, which was a pleasant surprise.

    Overall, very happy with the quality and I hope you will be too!
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  2. Nice one Ben, great to see the details came out in these.
    Looks like you lost a bit in the gold print as we guessed, but its still looking good, silver really is one of the more impressive shapeways materials. :)
  3. DarioScapittaDesign
    DarioScapittaDesign New Member
    Wow! Beautiful detailed pendant! Very great in silver and very wel designed! Cool!!
  4. Fairesure
    Fairesure New Member
    Cool details, realy great in silver :)
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2012
  5. Silverbeam
    Silverbeam Well-Known Member
    I would love to see the detail in fud!

    Beautiful model!
  6. cadalu
    cadalu New Member
    Fabulous model! Are you going to patina the silver one? I bet a little black would really highlight your remarkable details!
  7. archenemy76
    archenemy76 New Member
    Wow amazing level of detail in these, especially when you see the scale comparison photo (with the coins). Really well done!
  8. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member
    Amazing, great details!
  9. bendansie
    bendansie New Member
    Thanks all, wasn't quite expecting this level of response already!

    @Silverbeam - I have a couple of Frosted Ultra Detail ones on the way, mainly for the curiosity factor.

    @cadalu - Not sure about post processing. I think I'll at least keep it in the condition in which it arrived from Shapeways for a while in case the need for new photos arises. I'm certainly curious though.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2012
  10. Lovely detail on the back!

    You can also try oxidizing the silver. Some people have gotten really cool antique finishes that way.
  11. lensman
    lensman Well-Known Member
    Beautiful in silver. I'm with cadalu - A patina would really make this pop. No need for chemicals either - just put the silver piece in a closed container with a couple of hard boiled eggs cut open. It might take a few hours so use a glass contaianer so you can check progress without opening it. Get it as black as possible and then polish off the patina from the raised surfaces leaving the recesses dark.
  12. ceramicwombat
    ceramicwombat New Member
    Wow, this has the perfect level of detail for the silver. The smirk is very well done.
  13. MarkHeuvelman
    MarkHeuvelman New Member
    WOW, this makes the choice of making Silver objects much more easier.

    Great detail! Great model! Great Job!

  14. bendansie
    bendansie New Member

    Once again, thanks for the comments/feedback and thanks Shapeways team for the Friday Finds mention!

    Above is a photo of the FUD prints that came through. They are obviously quite detailed, but it's quite hard to see in person, let alone photograph. I just took a few quick snaps for now, this being the better one.

    Cleaning then painting them seems the way to go, but no real rush on that as I basically got them out of curiosity as mentioned. Would rather get on with the next design.

    I've also finally got a rendered turntable up from Blender's new Cycles Renderer, given that I don't have any side or angled photos online.


    Both are identical videos, just pick your site of choice.

    Thanks again and I look forward to posting more work here!
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  15. bendansie
    bendansie New Member
    Hi all,

    A bit of a thread bump, but I figure it was better than starting a new thread.


    I finally got around to trying patina as suggested. It will need a bit of practice to do it repeatably with a nice finish, but so does everything else worth while.

    The other thing that will need some practice is using my Macro Bellows. Took a little while just to figure out how to get a decent focus with it, but loving it once I got that sorted.

    I tried the patina option with the boiled egg, which worked on the smaller rings I used as test pieces, but I couldn't get any sort of even patina on the pendant. So I heated the pendant up to more or less remove that patina and tried some Liver of Sulphur which worked much nicer.

    More photos:








    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  16. leorolph
    leorolph New Member
    looks really nice... my favorite patina is just bleach, just put it in bleach for between 2 and 5 mins and give it a light polish. I find the egg or sulfur gives the nice rainbow coulours but the bleach just makes a black which for the rings i do looks more even than the egg and gets right into the crevices, also the bleach will over time continue to get darker.
  17. lensman
    lensman Well-Known Member
    Yeah, that looks freakin' awesome now... Could we get a photo showing the whole thing again with the patina?

  18. bendansie
    bendansie New Member
    Just a quick snap that isn't as well focusssed, but it is a bit more representative of the look to the naked eye.


    The Patina under a lot of direct light looks more of a dark grey than a black with colour. When looked at outside when overcast and other situations with more of a bounced light scenario the patina really helps it pop. I guess it might go a bit darker over time, but it shouldn't surprise me that metal patina reflects different in different light setups like clean metal does...
  19. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member
    Wow, this is really a masterpiece!
  20. bendansie
    bendansie New Member
    Hi all,

    A bit of a thread bump with a question about Liver of Sulphur. I understand the chemical used in making the patina is a bit hazardous and requires care. That's fine, I can do careful.

    Something that is just me thinking aloud and probably being super cautious, but is the resulting patina on the metal itself hazardous at all? After proper neutralising in bicarb soda solution and a thorough rinse of course. Just thinking in terms of a ring that would be worn all day for example.