These earrings are my first foray into acrylic thermal-forming. They are a work-in-progress and therefore there are no findings on them yet.
I began the design process by playing with paper prototypes to see what shapes and forms can be derived from a flat piece, and also the variations that can be achieved from one single, initial shape. There was also consideration on the visual intrigue created by the interplay between two kinds of materials, two colors (especially two pieces of acrylic in different color), two textures (wood and acrylic)...
The photographed piece pairs up acrylic and silver, but for this contest, I'd like to create the earrings in combinations of the materials offered by Ponoko. The pairing would either be: 4-6mm acrylic and 2-3mm acrylic, or 10-4mm wood and 2-3mm acrylic. The wood piece would be steam-bent and will take on the shape of the acrylic piece shown in the photos. I picked out a variety of materials to show the possible combinations. As shown in the photos, I will also bevel the edge of pieces to give them a softer, more elegant finish -- unless this is not allowed for the contest...?
Silver earring posts or ear wire will be attached to the finished piece.