Faerie Bottle or Bud Vase

by Whystler, published

Faerie Bottle or Bud Vase by Whystler Aug 29, 2011


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Here is a fantasy bottle I designed by digitally sculpting a form by hand, if you will. I used 3dCoat, so the process is very organic. The point of this excercise was to depart from a mathematical look, and see how organic a form could be executed. I like it :)

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LICENSE ADDITIONS: 1. You may also rescale the item in any direction to fit your needs. 2. You may use photographs of your printed items in any way, including commercially. For example, if you are selling pretty roses and you want to display them in a bottle, this is permitted. For example, if you are advertising a 3d printer you have for sale, it is permitted to show a picture the bottle as an example print. As a courtesy, I ask that you provide a credit to me as the designer of the bottle if possible. However, credit is not a requirement that will be enforced.


You will need some kind of support structure to print this nicely. The bottom ridges, in particular, have a hard time. WIth the pp3dp printer, I used it's default (50 degree) support settings.

Also, to hand paint the item, I used sharpies of all things! You can layer sharpie colours and they will blend nicely with the scrubby/brushy techniques, as the solvent in the ink dissolves into the under layers of ink. I think I was told that the solvent in the ink is related to acetone, and that may be what enhances the glossiness of the print when painted with sharpies.

Oh, one more thing, which I have not yet tried. In another "thing" someone had mentioned that they use a polyurethane coating on the inside of vases to seal them and make them watertight. They suggested that the cavity be filled with polyurethan, then emptied, and left to continue to drain/dry upside down. I will let you know how this works out.

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Thanks very much for sharing this design, it's one of my favorite things I've printed so far. Very organic and creative. Your sharpie finish is eye catching as well, sort of a caricature of jade.

Mine printed fine with no support, and no raft. The bottom ridge on one side drooped a tiny bit, but that's about it. I did PLA from monoprice, .21mm layers with 20% infill, 190C extruder, 55C bed, and had the fan on when doing the perimeters.

did you use acetone or something as a finish?

I've been trying to articulate some sort of art in this medium and this blows me away. I have an idea that's kind of cartoony, and definitely still floating in the gray matter. Inspirational work, Whystler.

Thanks Buddy! You user name through me for a loop because it reminded me of a character in a book series called Wraeththu that is not widely known. I looked into it, but the character's name is spelled Theide.

Really nice shape. I like the spirals, I think you should do a snail shell next :).

Great idea! hmm...

The supplied STL extends above the max height for my printer. I would like to scale it down to fit, but your license having the "no derivatives" stipulation bars me from doing that legally without permission. Is scaling for my use okay Whystler?

Hi Bartee - I have augmented the license to include resizing. If you look above, you'll see now in the description that I have added resizing as an option.

By the way, the next thing you should try is an Ocarina (that is what I thought it was before reading the title). ;)

What a cool idea. I have thought about making an ocarina in 3d before. I have made many with clay. I think this style would work well for an ocarina. Thanks for the tip!

Do not be bound by geometric shapes. Go organic! 8-)

It looks great.

Could you share a picture of the set-up you use to color the part?

Surely! Imagine my left hand holding the bottle firmly, and my right hand, carefully applying layers of colour :) Sorry, I hope you didn't think it was an automated process.

More info, if you're interested:

For this bottle I used three sharpie "fine point" permanent markers - a turqouise blue, a neon green, and a bright yellow. The fine point markets don't have a tiny tip .. they are your basic iconic sharpie marker.

Step 1: I started by painting the recessed areas
with the neon green marker, leaving all raised areas white.

Step 2: I painted the raised area with the yellow marker, taking care to blend where it met with the neon green areas.

Step 3: I repainted the recessed areas using the turqouise marker, which turned the neon green into a nice deep emeral
d colour.

Step 4: I took the neon green marker and used it to blend the areas where the yellow met this new recessed colour. Sometimes the blending was done with a scrubbing motion, and other times it was useful to just use a sketchy brushing motion.

Step 5: I went back with the yellow marker
and touched up the areas that needed brightening. I used a scrubbing motion for this to really "bleach" out the areas needed, such as the little raised dots.

Hope this helps!


Thank you for the explanation. I was indeed hoping for an artistic talent devoid process :-P. The effect is great and now I know why.