Introduction: 3D Printed Harry Potter Egg
Have you, like me, grown up thinking eggs were really cute? Or did you ever find yourself loving the tradition of painting Easter eggs for the holiday? And do you love the Harry Potter franchise? If the answer to any of those questions was yes, then this instructable is for you! This project will leave you with something much like a Pop Funko or Disney's Tsum Tsums. You'll end up with a cute figure represented the pop culture phenomena, Harry Potter. In this step-by-step guide, you'll learn how to make your design, 3D print the object, and then paint and put finishing touches on after!
Step 1: Step 1: Pick Your Design Software
Before starting on the project, you must have access to a design software that will allow you to create ready to 3D print designs. There are many options across the internet and with some research you can find the perfect one for you. If you have a software you already like, you can use it, but note that this project will rely on the software called Tinkercad. First, you must create a free account on the site then you'll want to create a new project! Open a new workplane in Tinkercad and you are ready to get to work!
Step 2: Step 2: the Egg
The first step in this project is to get the egg shape which is the base and largest portion of the design. On the right hand side of the screen, click open the drop menu on the middle right side of the screen. When you first open the workplane, the drop menu should be open to Basic Shapes. However, for this project you will want to change it characters. Scroll down and select the egg (don't select egg hole). Place it in the center of the workplane and size it to 1.607 inches wide by 2 inches tall. You can do this by selecting the egg and dragging the corners or you can double click one of the corners, then double click the measurement so you can adjust it manually. Once you have done this, it is time for the next step!
Step 3: Step 3: Add the Glasses
Continuing to work from the characters menu in Tinkercad, scroll up until you find spectacles. Drag the object to the workplane and place it in front of the egg. Use the arrows on the keypad to move the glasses backwards until they are directly in front of the egg. If they start to disappear behind the egg, you moved them back too far. Above the glasses, you will see a teardrop shape. Click this and use the mouse to drag it in an upwards motion. This will raise the glasses on the egg. This part is up to your discretion, but you can place them as high or low as you want. I've placed mine higher on the egg. At this point, you can scale the glasses to fit the egg. Make sure the glass are touching the egg on all sides so that it prints as one whole object.
Step 4: Step 4: Export File
In the top right hand corner of the screen, click on the export button. This will open a menu where you can choose how you want to save the file. Export the file as an .STL and save it somewhere you'll remember. Submit this file to be 3D printed. When you submit this project for 3D printing, make sure you get it printed in white or a light grey that can easily be painted over.
Step 5: Step 5: Pick Up Your 3D Printed Object
Pick up your 3D printed object! If, like me, your project broke, reprint the object. Make sure the glasses are touching on all sides of the egg. If you don't have time to reprint your object, try super-gluing the object back together. I would recommend the gorilla brand.
Step 6: Step 6: Smooth/Sand Object
Your newly printed egg might have some of what I call, scragglies. These little flyaway pieces that remind me of my annoying baby hairs. You can take scissors or nail clippers to take some of these pieces off so that you have the desired shapes with clean edges. If you have sand paper available, you can sand down the egg to make it smoother and resemble an actual egg.
Step 7: Step 7: Paint the Egg
So this is going to be a Harry Potter themed egg if you couldn't tell by the glasses. The next two steps will make it even more obvious that that is the theme. The three colors of paint or nail polish you need for this egg is a Gryffindor scarlett red, black, and a yellow. First, paint the egg with the Gryffindor scarlett red. I recommend using two coats to really create a nice, deep color with no white spots. Then, carefully paint the glasses black and be careful as to not let any black get on the egg. Use a smaller brush for this part so you have more control. Make sure you paint all the sides of the glasses, including the inside. You want the glasses completely covered in black to look like Harry Potter's signature glasses. If you got any paint on the egg, you can paint over it. Give the egg some time to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 8: Step 8: Etch in the Lightning Bolt
USE CAUTION WITH THIS STEP! Take a pencil and lightly draw the Harry Potter lightning bolt on the upper right side right above the right glasses lens. Take your time, and redraw the lightening bolt until you get it place where you want and in the side you want. Then, take an exacto knife if you have one, or a sharp kitchen knife. Take great care with this step as you do not want to cut yourself. You are not going to make slicing motions or drag the knife. Simply press it into the egg where you want the lines to be. Don't press too hard into the egg, but hard enough to make the indents.
Step 9: Step 9: Paint the Lightening Bolt
Take an incredible small paint brush and the yellow paint. Carefully place the paint into the lightening bolt. And the egg is complete!!