How to Make a Scroll Bowl using the 3Doodler
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This is a great craft project for so many people! It’s fairly easy to make, and the results are beautiful! I have a nice bowl for candy or nuts, or I have a great gift to give to a loved one.
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When I was contacted by 3Doodler to try their 3Doodler Create+ Printing Pen I jumped at the chance.
It’s a fun tool that’s a great gift during the holidays. Or, buy it for yourself and make lots of gifts for everyone in your life, gifts like Christmas tree ornaments, package toppers, designs for Christmas cards, jewelry, and much more.
The 3Doodler is available on Amazon, at Michael’s, Blicks, Wal-Mart, Target, and other places.
The 3Doodler is a must-have 3D printing pen that’s easy to use, fun, and a great tool for crafters, artists and designers. See your ideas come to life with this 3D pen.
It’s a slim, light-weight pen, that draws dimensional images, structures, and drawings, and it’s pretty affordable!
The pen was pretty easy to work. Just plug it in, put it on the right setting, let it warm up, and feed the plastic rods into it. As the rods melt, the plastic squeezes out the tip. Very much like a hot glue gun.
I instantly had all kinds of ideas of what to make. And we played around with it for a long time, making all kinds of cool objects.
Ultimately, I wanted to make something that I could use. More than just simply a picture of something, I wanted an object that would be practical.
I decided that I would make a bowl. Something pretty that I could use. I’m sure you’ll see it in more than one of my future food photos!
If you have any questions about how to make this, or if you try it, please come back and leave a comment below letting us know how it goes.
How to make it
I found a small bowl with a nice shape that I liked. Kind of flat and shallow, not too deep, and I covered that with a sheet of plain white printer paper. Just wrap the paper around, kind of like when you buy something from Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn and they wrap it in the paper. Nice and tight though, no loose gaps in the wrapping job.
Then I smoothed down the paper with my hands so that it was all fairly flat.
I wanted a monochromatic simple color to my bowl so it would go with anything. Black seems like a great choice, and I’m so happy with my beautiful bowl!
I chose to use black ABS plastic rods. You can find plastic refills here. There are two kinds of plastics that came with my 3Doodler. The ABS plastic is flexible and melts at a high temperature.
The other kind of plastic provided with my pen is PLA plastic, which is rigid and melts at a lower temperature. The ABS plastic is easier to use, and since I’m still developing my technique, I went with that.
Starting at what would be the top of the bowl, I free handed some scrolls or swirls. You could also draw some swirls directly onto the paper with a pencil, and trace around them if that made you feel more comfortable. But I wanted an organic free flowing look for my bowl.
After the top of the bowl was complete, I moved around to the next level, and continued swirling.
Once the sides were all swirled up, I moved onto the bottom of the bowl.
After I had filled in all the swirls I went back and connected some of the spots that seemed like they needed a little support. The 3Doodler allows you to re-melt the plastic, so you can attach new pieces or smooth out something you’ve already done.
Once I felt it was complete, I let it sit to cool off completely.
Once cool, I simply removed the ceramic bowl template from inside, and gently removed the paper.
And, there you have it, a beautiful scroll work bowl made with the 3Doodler 3D printing pen. I’ll be keeping this for myself, but you could make these for gifts for your family and friends as well.