Sparkle Polishing

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Sparkle Polishing by Printed_Solid Jun 9, 2013
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My daughter wanted me to make her a crown. She wanted me to make her a sparkly crown. I looked at RichRap's Sparkle Printing process, but don't have any clear PLA as I mostly use ABS. I also wasn't really keen on the idea of intentionally sprinkling contamination into my printer enclosure.

Then I got to thinking about how sticky the parts are when they just come out of vapor polishing... and sparkle polishing was born.

I consider this to be primarily a derivative of the RichRap thing:14912, but the source file is the crown from thing:66757.


NOTE: Still working on how to do this. This is actually the first time in my life that I can recall picking up a container of sparkles. Any suggestions from people with crafting experience are welcome.

1) Print something in ABS.
2) Vapor Polish
3) Remove from polishing bath
4) Shake on sparkles. This should be done when the surface is still almost liquidy. Alternatively, you could probably roll or dip into a bucket of sparkles. Or maybe put it into a bag and shake it around?
5) Allow solvent to fully evaporate.
6) Present thing to your favorite princess.
7) Bask in the glow of being the coolest dad or {insert whatever your relationship is here}.

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Modge Podge dries clear, and there's one with sparkles. Can also be used as a glue and sealer.
"Modge Podge Extreme Glitter, Glue, Sealer and Finish" $6.59 at Walmart for an 8 fl oz container
Have fun!

i've done this by gently "brushing" glitter on with a small house paint brush then vapour smooth after

That's a much smarter method. 3 years later and I still have sparkles all over the place from this experiment!

Haha yes well "sparkles" have a tendency to have that effect unfortunately I can't reply with a photo but by using a probably about a 1/2" soft household paint brush I found that static seemed to be enough to hold the sparkles ( I used samples of Car Paint Metallic Flake Additives, not that there's much difference) on the piece then after smoothing the surface was smooth with the sparkles well embedded in the surface.

I was quite a good effect really, I only did it to see if it could be done, but i liked it

I know nothing about 3D printing, but do about princess crowns.

Would rolling it in sparkles work? Like rolling a patty in bread crumbs?

Is there a way of embedding rhinestones (big ones) in the shape as it is being printed, so that the crown partially moulds around the rhine stones, holding them in place?

Can you cut out spaces in the crown to create a filigree embellishment? eg. holes in the shape of flowers or My Little Ponies, or her name?

I'm sure this would elevate Dad's hero-ness.

Yeah, the rolling thing would probably work. You'd probably have to roll it and then hit it with an extra polish to get rid of finger/glove prints and to sink the sparkles into the material.

All of your other suggestions are good ideas too. A crown with embedded customized text or image might be a pretty cool customizer project.

Just a fyi, depending upon the percentage of sparkles you want on the surface,
traditional crafting would just have a coating of a glue and shake the sparkles
onto the surface or a glue/paint/sparkle mix.

Also there are numerous craft paints with sparkles in them.
and sparkle hot glue as well.

using the method you posted would surely work as well.
the only concern with that method would be if the sparkles react
to acetone in a way that gives a negative result.
(sadly I have experience with sparkles and macaroni art)

Yes, there are definitely other ways we could have made the crown sparkly.

But I wanted to try this. Daddy gets to do an experiment {with flammable vapors no less), daughter gets a sparkly crown, and everybody is happy : )

The sparkles don't appear to be affected by the acetone exposure (although I am color blind) and there is actually a nice clear coating over many of them.