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water droplet chandelier design made from inert Bio Resin with LED light units concealed in droplet casting

 
 

water droplet chandelier design made from inert Bio Resin with LED light units concealed within the droplet casting
Since the very beginning I have always tried to develop pieces that involve their own light source, and the water motif has never been far away from my thoughts. So I finally pressed forward with this modular water droplet that I sketched up 2 decades ago. Back on the tabe and modelled digitally in 3d then 3d printed and finished to a very high standard; we currently have an FDM 3d printer, a resin printer would negate many of the the finishing stages to remove all print lines and imperfections. This finishing is important as these masters moulds will have silicone negatives made from them, so any imperfections at this stage would be repeated over and over in the final droplets. 

 this design has been on my desk for some time and is now finally being realised in an elegant repeatable and modular way
From the silicone moulds we are able to test the design in a variety of Bio-Resins, each in a varying quantity of organic compounds - so this is like no other resin you will have seen in the past and not plastic based. The resin becomes fully inert once cured so these pieces can never become harmful pollution at the end of their life, a circular design.

water droplet chandelier design made from inert Bio Resin with LED light units concealed within the droplet casting
The light source for these droplets (along with the hanging mechanism) is actually cast within the bio-resin droplet itself, so the light and the droplet become one singular unit. This made for a very complex production as it has not been done before. This design greatly reduced the need for powerful light units to be used. Lighting from within, the droplet actually becomes a lens for the emitters used. Each droplet and led combination are highly efficient producing no heat whatsoever and consuming a tiny amount of power; drawing only 3v DC at 8 mA. Their lifespan when used with a quality power supply (constant current, power curve in and out for on/off actuation) they will long outlive myself which has become a cornerstone of any works leaving the studio, they are built to stand the test of time.

water droplet chandelier design made from inert Bio Resin with LED light units concealed within the droplet casting



the tiny 0.6mm led emitters inside the droplets can be in a range of colour temperatures,
een above in a red/orange at 2800k.


For now the design is being replicated from 45 master droplet moulds, all very different in size and shape just as they would appear in nature. We will be making 100 in both a natural white and warm yellow light. Once we have 100 of each on the table I shall start work in the hanging design and mechanism, initial thoughts are for an organic element to be introduced like the root system from a small fruit tree hung inverted with the droplets delicately hanging from the branches.

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water droplet chandelier design led inside the droplets