This pendant is part of a series, inspired by mythological creatures that embody the power of the elements.
If you would enjoy owning this pendant printed in metal or a higher quality plastic, please consider dropping by my shapeways store.
Earth is represented by the Leshy, a guardian and ruler of the forests from Slavic mythology. He would rarely show himself to humans, but his voice could be heard and his companions seen, as he liked to surround himself with packs of wild animals. To protect his forest and the creatures living therein from harm, he would mislead hunters and woodcutters on their path, leading them astray and erasing their traces behind them so they could not find their way back.
The series is designed so that each pendant can be hung by two loops at its top and can be personalised by the wearer. The design allows the pendant to be incorporated into a necklace with pearls or other trinkets, giving room for further embellisments to be hung both between the top loops and to dangle from details in the design. Or if you're not a person for pendants, this design also works nicely for all sorts of decorations!
I'm relatively new to 3D-modelling and -printing, but this piece printed nicely for me, so I hope it works out fine for anyone else that wants to give it a try.
Enjoy and let me know how yours turned out!
While prints in bigger scales should not be a problem, I would not recommend going smaller with most printers. For bigger scales, you can most likely safely decrease the infill.
Honestly, this also makes for a great pendant without any painting - I personally find it particularly stylish in black.
To go with the forest-theme of the pendant, I wanted one of my prints to have a bit of a wooden appearance. I scratched some holes into it to mimic some natural imperfections and painted with acrylics. I used a lighter and a darker brown and, after a base layer, painted each while the other was still wet, so that I could blend them more easily.
I finished off with clear spraycoat. The matt acrylics also looked pretty good, so if you want to go for a wooden look for yours, maybe give a matt topcoat a try!
I'd imagine a metal effect might also look particularly good, as might a bone-look. If you want to decorate your pendant further, consider hanging some small trinkets off of the loops in the antlers - some leaves, runes, or some chain-loops spanned between the two sides, for example.
Enjoy painting and decorating!