Print #14, #15, #16, #17, and #18 – Arwen’s Necklace

My wife liked the One Ring I made for her out of Anycubic black resin and she indicated that she would love Arwen’s necklace, so I figured that would be a perfect project for Anycubic clear!

Example of Arwen's Necklace from LOTR.
Example of Arwen’s Necklace from LOTR.

I found a file on Thingiverse and set to work. I decided to print the file flat with supports as it worked well for the One Ring. The first attempt, Print #14 failed.

Print #14 - Arwen's Necklace Attempt #1 - Failed.
Print #14 – Arwen’s Necklace Attempt #1 – Failed.

Print #14 fell from the supports during print and figure malformed. I decided to try again, this time I enlarged the file and added more supports.

Print #15 - Arwen's Necklace Attempt #2 - Failed.
Print #15 – Arwen’s Necklace Attempt #2 – Failed.

It also failed. It did better, but the flat part of the back was uneven and malformed. I made more revisions to the file, this time I put the model on an angle a bit.

Print #16 - Arwen's Necklace Attempt #3 - Failed.
Print #16 – Arwen’s Necklace Attempt #3 – Failed.

A lot better, but still a fail. The back of the print looked better, but the supports around the fragile ends caused the piece to snap. I reworked the file with more supports around the delicate areas and I put it at around 45 degrees for angle.

Print #17 - Arwen's Necklace Attempt #4 - Failed.
Print #17 – Arwen’s Necklace Attempt #4 – Failed.

Almost a perfect print, except it failed at the bottom area closest to the print bed. I reworked the design again, put more supports along that bottom part. I anxiously hit print once again.

Print #18 - Arwen's Necklace Attempt #5 - Success.
Print #18 – Arwen’s Necklace Attempt #5 – Success.

Success at last! I had a good print and after washing and curing it, I very carefully trimmed away the support and did not break the piece! My wife loves and it was a surprise so that is even better! I think I’m going to put away the clear resin until another special project and move onto gray.

Here’s a comparison of each of the five attempts:

Prints 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 of Arwen's Necklace for comparison.
Prints 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 of Arwen’s Necklace for comparison.

Bonus picture of the cool glowing of the clear resin in the curing station:

Print #18 - Arwen's Necklace in curing station.
Print #18 – Arwen’s Necklace in curing station.