Finally, I can post some finished art again!
Edit - New photos from new camera.
These were designed as gifts for my sister and cousin for their 21st birthdays this year. They get along well. As such they aren't for sale on Shapeways, but I rather enjoyed the experience so I'm hoping to do different items for sale later on.
Previously I'd done all my jewellery by 'hand' but I saw this thread http://www.zbrushcentral.com/showthr...r-s-Work-Bench
and I was inspired to give the 3d printing another go. I'd tried before, but for various reasons I'd never actually had a piece printed.
The basemesh was modelled in Blender, sculpting of the feathers and other tweaks were done in Zbrush. I then used the 3d print exporter from Zbrush and did some final final tweaks in EasyFIT as recommended by the Shapeways support team.
The main technical hurdle was wall width and resisting the urge to make parts too delicate. But then you take a step back and realise you are working on an area to be 0.6mm wide...
Overall, very happy with Shapeways. The polish/finish on the back of this pair could have been a little nicer, but thats about it really. Nothing a tumbler probably couldn't fix if I had access to one. For those who know the site, this is 'Silver Glossy.'