Saturday, April 14, 2018
Meanwhile, I wondered what I could do with the Shapeways technology. I got myself together a round featuring Djehuty (Thoth):
I uploaded this design into their creator apps. I was quite dismayed that it didn't look like I'd hoped. I was either only going to get stringy thin lines or a square solid thing, but square! I couldn't make it even round! So I decided to attempt this design in a less high tech medium. (It's just a five inch round clay pancake at present...)
Meanwhile, eventually I began to understand the limitations of the Shapeways apps. Anything more sophisticated than positive/negative design (such as what can be laser cut), takes a special 3D program. A complicated 3D program. To get a decent one, that could actually be gradually learned, no doubt takes a costly program.
Meanwhile, simple positive/negative design? I've done that with happy success!
So what is the "Motto" of Sithathoryunet's clasp? Her name means “daughter of Hathor of Dendera”. So her spiritual parent was Hathor. Her earthly parents were king and queen, possibly Senwosret II. The king would want the greatest protection for his daughter, so he wanted to provide her with protective amulets. This amulet says "Neb-Sau-Ankh", which means "full of protection and life".
To render this into flat positive/negative design requires simplification. I wanted to suggest the basket weaving of the "neb" glyph. I got a simpler version for a small size and a more complicated version for a 4x5 inch version.
The render for the larger one, which hasn't arrived yet.
Biggest, 10.2 x 12.7 x .49cm, in gold steel
At first, I was puzzled as how this design would work as a pendant. But the chain goes very nicely through the sau loops, as seen in photo above.
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