3D artist and designer Melissa Ng is best known for her stunning 3D printed masks and the full-sized 3D printed suit of fantasy armor that she recently designed for actress Felicia Day. On her blog, Lumecluster, Ng documents the inspiration and design process of all of her creations while also helping to inspire other creatives to pursue their own art. It isn’t just masks and cosplay armor that she designers, either; Ng creates striking jewelry designs and smaller display versions of her incredible masks and sells them online. The stunningly talented self-taught 3D artist has a unique style that is simultaneously elegant, delicate and bold, and it echoes throughout all of her amazing artwork.
Ng’s newest design is a striking Health Potion Pendant that is an ideal gift for anyone who would call themselves a gamer or a fan of fantasy novels and artwork. In fantasy games, health or mana potions are a common occurrence that offer a player the chance to replenish health or hit points quickly so their character won’t need to slow down or rest. Ng’s version can be worn around the neck or simply hung up and displayed like the artwork that it is. The delicate bottle-shaped pendant features her trademark filigree style details that surround a heart-shaped hole in the bottle that holds a healing heart within. Unfortunately as useful as healing potions are in games, sadly this beautifully designed jewelry is as close as we’ll get to the real thing.
The Health Potion Pendant isn’t for sale to make Ng a profit, but rather to help her good friend’s father, who is currently battling stage four lung cancer. While health insurance in the United States has improved recently, it can still be prohibitively expensive to battle a life-threatening disease like lung cancer. Unfortunately Ng’s friend Rishi Gandhi is struggling to help his father manage all of the additional expenses and is in need of some help. Here is Rishi talking about his father and all that he owes him in his own words:
“My father grew up dreaming of moving to the United States, but was unable to see himself through the citizenship process. He was able to work hard, and send me to school in the United States from the age of 13. He worked hard to support me thousands of miles away. While I was in school, he worked hard to also keep my ailing mother who suffers to this day from various illnesses. Today, I want to work hard for my father. My father was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and I need all the help I can get to help deal with the medical expenses. My father is the linchpin that held my family together during the tough times of my youth. I want to come through for him in his toughest time of need,” Rishi wrote over on Lumecluster.
Living with a loved one who is struggling with their health is hard enough, but having to deal with mundane things like medical bills and money issues only compounds the emotional turmoil. So Ng is asking for some support from fans, gamers or anyone who has been there by purchasing their own Health Potion Pendant from Shapeways. The pendant was designed to look fantastic in a wide variety of materials, which means that you can help even if buying an expensive piece of jewelry is outside of your financial means. Not only will you get yourself an amazing piece of jewelry, but you’ll be helping out someone while you do it. It’s a win/win really.
The pendant can be purchased in a ton of Shapeways’ high-quality plastic nylon material options including their Strong & Flexible materials, beautifully polished versions of Strong & Flexible materials, Frosted Ultra Detail and Frosted Extreme Detail materials. It can also be purchased in Shapeways’ entire range of precious and non-precious metals, including gold, silver and brass. Purchasing the Health Potion Pendant in colorful nylon materials will set you back about $15 to $20, steel finishes will range from $38 to $48 or polished metal options like bronze, brass or silver will cost $68 to $108. Are you interested in one of these pieces? Tell us what you think over in the 3D Printed Pendant forum at 3DPB.com.