Every now and then we collaborate with visionary artists & designers - who share our vision on 3D printing - to realize their designs.
Alissia Melka-Teichroew is one of those artists, her design studio byAMT approached Freedom Of Creation to help her with manufacturing & finishing of the Jointed Jewels line.
Jointed Jewels represents a union of new and old, organic and industrial, functional and decorative. At the heart of the project is the intention to transform complex and separate elements into a new kind of whole. It started as an exploration of ball joints, commonly found in cars and hip replacements. Alissia Melka-Teichroew had the idea of creating a ball joint -normally assembled with separate parts- as one single piece.
We produced the jewelry through use of selective laser sintering, in this way it is possible to literally make a ball inside a ball. Hence, the industrial connecter was transformed into an object of beauty and wonder. A clean and striking jewelry collection was created around this innovative concept. Each piece has been made with the same technique: it seems like an intricately assembled object but is in fact one single piece that was made in one go.
Although the jointed pieces share the same birthing process, each item has a different identity. There are round, square, long and tubular forms that pick up references from recognizable icons of classic jewelry. Many of the bangles, necklaces and rings are interpretations of renaissance and Victorian jewels and there are also references to intricately made and very precious pieces by luxury brands like Bulgari and Cartier.
In addition, there are multi-tiered necklaces that display connecting joints that resemble human bone structure. The collection features both colored and white jewelry. The collaboration between byAMT and FOCÂ result in a special rendition of the colors dark blue/grey, pink and yellow, which was presented in during the Salone del Mobile 2010 in Milan, Italy.
Jointed Jewels is a work in progress. As the range continues to evolve and expand, it will be joined by â€œfamily membersâ€ in other product genres.
All the Jointed Pieces share the same DNA, they are based around the 3D printed ball joints and made in one single process.
photo's: Lisa Klappe, text: FOC & Johanna Lenander