Melissa Ng, a.k.a. Lumecluster, is a creator of the Dreamer Regalia project. She worked with Shapeways to come up with something magical and otherworldly and documented every step of her process in order to inspire and help other artists. She said the Regalia armor “symbolizes the protection for our dreams and is being created in honor of the Dreamer within each of us.”
Ng spent about 10 hours researching the armor and studying ensembles from games such as Guild Wars 2. She decided the armor would be more about looks than function. She then moved into the sketch phase (pics below) before modeling the final design in 3D. The steps just to put the armor together digitally were intense and are detailed in this blog post.
Melissa moved onto the 3D printing stage. As you can see in the above photo, the armor is quite intricate. And though she was comfortable with a handful of the skills necessary to finish the project, she had to learn how to navigate resin casting and work with LEDs. She figured it out though and documented her discoveries in the second part of the build documentation — her updates include a lot of encouragement that all makers need to hear every so often.
Visit Melissa’s blog to get the complete overview of the Dreamer Regalia armor, including seeing Felicia Day model the finished project.
Keep up with Melissa’s new projects on Facebook.