SolidWorks model of Anglo Saxon Brooch

Anglo Saxon ornamental brooch modelled by Neil Taylor at Devon 3D CAD

Anglo Saxon Brooch modelled in SolidWorks by Neil Taylor at Devon 3D CAD

This Anglo Saxon Brooch and other pieces of exquisite craftsmanship are in the news again. I wanted to model them in SolidWorks, to see if I could replicate them faithfully.

I only had a low resolution photo from a newspaper to use as the basis for the design and I think I made a decent first attempt. I did a little research and found that it came from the ‘Staffordshire Hoard’ of Anglo Saxon ornaments, coins and military objects from the 6 – 7th century.

Gold Wire Jewellery  Techniques for Anglo Saxon Brooch.

After a little more digging I found a higher resolution photo and a few posts about how drawn gold wire was used to such stunning effect. Now my own work seemed really wanting in technique. I am going to find out more about gold wire craftsmanship and try to remodel it using the same techniques as the original artisan might have used. In fact, it always makes sense to follow the correct design technique rather than a ‘Looks alright’ method. It makes me realise how skilled and artistic the craftsmen must have been. And they made these wonderful artifacts without the use of compters at all!

Look out for a better model from me. I will still use ‘curve driven patterns’ but make more realistic ‘figure of eight’ drawn wire strings.

 

 

3D CAD Modelling in SolidWorks – Fish in a row are fun organic shapes.

3D CAD Modelling in SolidWorks – Fish in a row are fun organic shapes.

3D CAD Modelling in SolidWorks - Fish in a row

3D CAD Modelling in SolidWorks is not all heavy duty engineering. I have been experimenting by modelling more organic shapes like these cute little swimmers.

I based them on a cast iron paper weight, one of my favourite ornaments, so I had something to measure. Here are three of them, each given a different colour. It takes a while to change from straight line design to more organic shapes but it is great fun. This is a straight jpeg file from the raw CAD model, no Photorealistic Rendering package has been used.

I plan to model a lot more of these cute little fellas, so if you need 3D CAD modelling of Organic Shapes, please get in touch.

3D CAD Modelling Organic Shapes - Fish in a row by Neil Taylor at Devon 3D CAD.  3D CAD Modelling Organic Shapes - Fish in a row by Neil Taylor at Devon 3D CAD  3D CAD Modelling Organic Shapes - Fishes in a row by Neil Taylor at Devon 3D CAD