Genna Delaney is a jeweller based in Dundee. She decided to incorporate 3D printing into her jewellery as she wanted to expand her practice into into art jewellery, design larger sculptural pieces and go for a more international client base.
3D printing has enabled her to move into art jewellery with bold, edgy shapes that are also lightweight and easy to wear. All her pieces incorporate handmade elements. Her different suites provide modular options such that a customer can select which shape, material, stones they would like incorporated.
Genna set up her design practice in 2006, specialising in handmade bespoke jewellery. Genna’s first commercial 3D-printed jewellery collection was on sale at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016. She is looking forward to using new materials and taking her work into new international markets.
At art school Genna didn’t enjoy using 3D modelling programmes such as Rhino, finding them expensive and complicated. As the Scottish Coordinator of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, she did some research into other 3D modelling systems, discovered Anarkik3D in 2008 and fell in love.
“My jewellery had become 2D flat pieces and I wanted to create more 3D sculptural jewellery…
I applied for the Dundee Craft Makers Award to help push my work in a new direction and was awarded £660 to attend the Anarkik3D intensive course. I absolutely loved how simple and playful the programme was”
To quote Genna “I absolutely love this haptic programme as it’s so much more fun to use than other CAD software packages, which for me are too technical. Anarkik3D’s software allows me to really feel like I am sculpting the object in front of me – you never really know what you are going to come up with once you begin!”
Genna’s 3D printed range of jewellery is printed in polyamide and dyed. The 3D printed units are also scaled and cast in silver and she embellishes pieces with precious and semi-precious stones.
Red_black chain in 3D printed and dyed polyamide
Statement necklace in 3D printed/dyed black polyamide , cast units in silver, set with precious and semi-precious stones
Necklace in 3D printed/dyed polyamide and cast units
Pendant and ring in black dyed polyamide with silver cast units
Pendant and earring in red dyed polyamide
Necklaces, rings and earrings in black dyed polyamide