Okay, so I’ll fess up- my first attempt at a Millennium Ring ended up with it disintegrating in the parking lot of the con and starting what would probably be called “The Mystery of the Golden Chili Peppers”.
So I decided to put my engineering education to good use and make a 3D model! And I took forever at doing this because every detail needed to be exactly perfect and identical to canon. One prototype later and I have my final Millennium Ring model ready to go~!
Pictures and 3D-printed Millennium Item Buying Guide under the cut!
So I tackled the other Items too! The Eye and the Puzzle have been 3D modelled too, though I haven’t had the funds to buy a full-sized Puzzle for myself yet. ;^; Some day I will have my own 3D printer, some day…
Anyways, where can you buy these suckers?
Unfortunately these will not be gold and shiny and ready to wear. They’ll arrive in white plastic after about 2-3 weeks, and you can then paint them with metallic gold spray paint at your leisure.
(Pro tip: internet research indicates that the shiniest shine can be achieved by priming with plastic primer, coating in glossy black paint, and then spraying the gold on top. For the smaller, doll-size versions, too many layers of paint will obscure the details, so just a coat of gold may be better.)
Shapeways is the 3D printing service where you can get these models. This service is slow, but cheap. Shipping is a flat rate of $6.50 in the U.S., so it’s better to order together with friends to save on shipping since shipping, for example, a doll-size Rod and 3 full-size Rods would be the same.
If you need the prop fast, I can get one to you faster by using a different service. Next day delivery is actually possible. Email me at vaguelygenius (at) live (dot) com and we can work out the details. Be aware that it’s going to cost more, and in some cases, way more.
Inspect the prop from every angle once it arrives. If the prop arrives broken, immediately email Shapeways customer support and they’ll ship a replacement to you.
If I have never bought the model for myself, I cannot be 100% sure it won’t have any issues. Each product description will say whether or not I have actually gotten the model. Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do if the prop arrives correctly printed but there was a flaw in the actual file.
Millennium Ring: First model I made! Version 2.0 is ready to go and can be bought here. A hollowed out version that is a little cheaper can be found here. It shouldn’t be significantly weaker because only the strong middle piece is hollow- the pointers and parts the pointers hang off of are not. A cute, doll-size/pendant-size version can be bought here. Fair warning: the small version is very fragile, particularly at the pointer loops.
Millennium Eye: This Eye is the same size as a human eyeball (~1 inch in diameter), so it’s smaller than the anime version because I figured it might look a little silly to hold a baseball-sized Eye up to your face and claim it fits in your eye socket. I will probably make a wearable version later on.
Millennium Puzzle: At this point, every size version of the Puzzle has printed successfully, including a small, charm/doll-sized version! There are two differently-sized models for this one, one that will be proportional to a human being of average size as it it to Yugi (aka. huge) and one that is actually life-size. The proportional model is huge, which is why it’s expensive: try holding up a ruler to your chest and measuring out 15cm/5.9 inches. That’s the width of one side of the puzzle!
Millennium Rod: This model is complete and can be previewed here. It should be up for sale at the beginning of May. Since it’s just too big to be printed in most cases, I’m splitting it into smaller parts that can be screwed and/or glued together. Yes, it includes the hidden blade (though it’s not really a blade as much as a sharp end hidden inside an already plenty sharp end ??? I’m not sure what is the point of it really). Since pointy ends don’t really print well, it’s not actually going to be dangerous at all. I might make a doll-size version and one you can loop off a necklace later on.
Marik Ishtar Earrings/Ishizu Ishtar pendants: I’ve printed these babies out in both plastic and stainless steel plated with gold. The gold plating looks really nice, though be warned that getting it in “glossy” will unfortunately not prevent the print lines from showing, so it won’t be ultra-shiny and perfect (though it will be pretty damn shiny). To get the perfect golden shine, you’d probably have to buy them in gold-plated brass, which is going to be significantly more expensive. Note that Ishizu wears four of these, two on her collar and two around her waist.
Millennium Necklace, Key & Scales: Have all been modeled! These just need to be optimized for 3D-printing and they’ll be ready to go! Here’s a nice render so you can take a look:
Painting Guide: Available here!
If you want a variation of any of these models, contact me at vaguelygenius (at) live (dot) com.
Different sizes are easy to arrange, but even more complex changes are possible!
AU Steampunk design? Millennium Eye that you can put an LED in? Items whose “eyes” can be shifted around will via magnet? Any other variation off the model? Contact me. It may be easier to arrange than you might think.
If you have any questions, please ask! I’m happy to help~!
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