3D Printed Kali Necklace

Introduction: 3D Printed Kali Necklace

About: Anna Kaziunas France teaches the "How to Make (almost) Anything" rapid prototyping course in digital fabrication at the Fab Academy at AS220. She is also the Dean of Students for the Global Fab Academy progr...

Kali costume for Halloween 2012.  I designed and fabricated the skull necklace and then printed it on my MakerBot Replicator.   I can't seem to upload my STL's and OpenSCAD scripts to Instructables, but you can get them from Thingiverse.

The skulls that make up this necklace were created using a scan I created with 123D Catch and then made into a bead using OpenSCAD.  The bead that has three faces was created with an OpenSCAD script and was then cleaned up and smoothed out with MeshMixer. I didn't have enough white ABS to finish the necklace, so I used Krylon Fusion in gloss white to paint some of the natural ABS skulls white. 

I was in a hurry and ran out of time, so I just used the various divider beads I had been prototyping and strung them together with the skulls.  The gold beads were printed in red translucent PLA, then spray painted gold.

This necklace took about a week to prototype and print. I printed the large skull beads on my Replicator in either white or natural ABS with 13% infil and 0.25 layer height. Each large skull bead took around 3 hours and 20 minutes

I am constantly 3D printing things, often bracelets to give away, so I had lots of bracelets lying around from the past year of printing on my MakerBot Replicator and Thing-O-matic.   I thought I would recycle the bracelet test prints into this costume.

Bracelets that were used in this costume, fabricated by me, but designed by others:
- The 3D printed bracelets on my wrists are "bracelet IV" designed by MakeALot, printed in black ABS and spray painted gold.
- I used emmet's stretchy bracelets (as armbands), also spray painted gold. 

I didn't have time to print the necklace and make the skirt of severed arms, so I purchased 6 arms from Kmart.  They had amazing Halloween sale this year.  Look for it in the future.  Using several coupon codes, I was able to get the arms for ~$2.00 dollars each and free shipping.  I used a tapered hand reamer to make holes in the severed arms and zip ties to attach them to a leather belt.

The rest of the costume jewelry items were salvaged from old Halloween costumes, thrift stores or purchased dirt cheap on Ebay (gold mardi gras beads). 

I did splurge a little and purchase a latex severed head prop. I  slit it down the middle and removed the foam material that it was stuffed with.  I then used a tapered hand reamer to make holes and threaded a black cord through it to make my "head bag".  I used the head bag to carry my keys, wallet and the white chocolate skull treats I was giving away.

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