Faerie Bottle or Bud Vase

by Whystler Aug 29, 2011
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gotta love this chicken breast hand

Not sure I understand the reference, or the figure of speech? Can you explain?

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.