Making of the cursor necklaces

 

It started with a change in priority

Not all HIJ designs get made, because we listen to you! Applying software development methods and processes to jewellery design means that it’s not all up to the designer! 

The cursor necklace design was sketched up and shared on social media. And it got loooooots of likes! 

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We manage our product roadmap with a basic trello board (to do, doing, under review, done) - helping us plan the design and releases each month. Every month we’re doing all of the following:

  • Sketching ideas from the 'to-do' list, and sharing them with our community for feedback 
  • 3D modelling, prototyping and testing our 3D prints - from the 'doing' list
  • Product release planning - packing, pricing and photography - when the design moved to 'under review'

The cursor necklace was somewhere far down the 'to-do' list - but after getting such a great response to the design we moved it right up to second! #powertothepeople

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Computer interface cursor necklaces

Cursors are probably the most useful but missable GUI (graphic user interface) element. They’re your avatar in the screen - doing as you say, performing what function you dictate and representing your movements within the interface. Something we’re so used to using that we often forget it’s there. 

Point, click, select, load, move, unavailable, zoom in and zoom out. 

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We picked cursors from iOS, Windows and one from the archives - the hour glass. 

Fun fact: did you know the mouse cursor used to be pointing directly upwards? 
Back when screens had very low resolution - drawing a straight line (left edge of arrow) and a line at a 45 degree angle (right edge of arrow) was more recognisable than the straight cursor.

3D printing

Then the cursors were 3D modelled in CAD (computer aided design) software. Keeping them small and roughly 1:1.2 life size. 

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Then we ordered 3D prints! The two types of 3D printing we use are: 

  1. Material jetting - 3d printed wax - that is cast in silver or gold
  2. Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) - additive manufacturing - in titanium. 
 3D printed wax - post print with the support material. 

3D printed wax - post print with the support material. 

 3D printed wax with support material removed. 

3D printed wax with support material removed. 

 3d printed wax that has been cast in silver

3d printed wax that has been cast in silver

 3D printed cursor pendants - in titanium (the darker ones) via DMLS (Direct metal laser sintering) and 3d printed wax that has been cast in silver. 

3D printed cursor pendants - in titanium (the darker ones) via DMLS (Direct metal laser sintering) and 3d printed wax that has been cast in silver. 

 DMLS 3D print in titanium and 3D printed wax that has been cast in silver. 

DMLS 3D print in titanium and 3D printed wax that has been cast in silver. 

We shared samples with our community - and everyone loved the silver vs titanium finish. So why produce the design in a material people were not interested in? 

We’ll save titanium for other designs! 

Same with the chain options - we shared a few options and let you all choose the type of chain that you think looks best with the cursor pendants. 

 Everyone preferred the box chain (on the right!). 

Everyone preferred the box chain (on the right!). 

 

Customised and co-designed by you

It’s so much fun to be able to include our community in the design process. You really are customising the designs with us! 

 

And here they are - customised by you!

Point, click, select, load, move, and zoom with the 3D printed cursor necklaces --> 

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 Just like the original sketch! Designed with you - thanks team!

Just like the original sketch! Designed with you - thanks team!

 

What do you think? Like the size? Should we do another cursor? Which is your favourite?
Would love to hear from you - hi@hijewellery.nz 

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Amelia Diggle