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Necklace printing by Cris Thompson

We keep it hyper local when it comes to our 3D printed necklaces. Maker Cris Thompson is based less than a mile away from our Walthamstow design studio and prints all the jewellery on site.

PLA comes on a large spool and is loaded into an extrusion printer much as you'd thread a reel of cotton into a sewing machine. The end of the filament is melted and used to build up a 3D print, one layer at a time.

The process means we can produce striking statement necklaces on demand, with virtually no waste and no "jewellery miles".

Cris, 3D printing, Walthamstow, who made my clothes, phannatiq
This is Cris. The photo is by his friend Robin Young

Cris, 3D printing, Walthamstow, who made my clothes, phannatiqWe send him the design and then he programs it into his 3D software

Cris, 3D printing, Walthamstow, who made my clothes, phannatiqHere is the final mock-up

Cris, 3D printing, Walthamstow, who made my clothes, phannatiqIt get's printed using the extrusion method, squeezing melted PLA out of a nozzle like a minute cake icing machine. You can see a time-lapse of it in the film below.

Cris, 3D printing, Walthamstow, who made my clothes, phannatiqIt has to cool

Cris, 3D printing, Walthamstow, who made my clothes, phannatiqThe finished article on the print bed.

Cris, 3D printing, Walthamstow, who made my clothes, phannatiqFinally it's threaded onto the nylon coated wire and sent to us