Would you like to make your own personalized 3D printed Christmas decoration? In this guide we will instruct you step-by-step on how to model and personalize your own 3D printed Christmas bell ornament.
During Christmas, we are happy to decorate our homes to enlighten the atmosphere. If you are in the possession of a 3D-printer then you can make awesome Christmas decorations yourself! With the ItsLitho lithophane maker tool, you can make and personalize such awesome Christmas decorations, without spending hours of modeling.
The bell-shaped model on ItsLitho is perfect for this purpose. The most stunning feature about this model is that it’s perfect for a lithophane! This means that you can project any photo or multiple photos on your 3D printed Christmas bell. In other words, you add intrinsic value to your Christmas decoration.
The great thing about this 3D print in combination with Christmas is that the lithophane needs light to show these photos. Christmas is all about lights creating a cozy atmosphere, so this is a match made in heaven.
With some creativity, you can hang it up in your Christmas tree for example, or display them on top of your table. You also can add different light colors to it. In short, there are many ways to express the Christmas bell lithophane!
First you should go to the ItsLitho lithophane maker tool preferably in a different tab to follow this guide alongside the ItsLitho lithophane maker tool. Once you’ve done that, we can begin to create our unique Christmas lithophane.
The first step is to go to the upload image tab in the upper left corner of your screen. In this tab you can upload one image or as many images as you’d like by pressing the upload button. Once you’ve selected all images and are displayed on your screen, we can move on to the next tab.
In the edit image tab you can, as the name suggests, edit your image(s). Although not strictly necessary, it can greatly enhance your lithophane! Adjusting the brightness and contrast settings may significantly improve the results of your lithophane. Most often increasing the contrast slightly and increasing/decreasing the brightness to prevent oversaturation, will do the trick.
The most important tab is where you’ll create your Christmas lithophane, the “Create Model” tab. If the images don’t look as good on the 3D model as expected, then we can easily go back to the edit image tab and customize the image.
The Christmas bell shape is one of the many shapes possible with the additions of the new revolve shape. Therefore, we should first select the revolve shape. As we select the revolve shape, a carrousel appears. We have added many preconfigured shapes to make your life easier!
One of these predefined shapes is the “Bell” shape. Swipe this carrousel one to right by dragging the carrousel or by pressing the button on the right. This will automatically configure your christmas bell shape. You can tweak individual diameters to style the shape more to your taste. You can also make the bell larger or smaller by increasing or decreasing the “All diameters” option.
We have made a large and small bell lithophane to test this shape. By default the bell is quite big (156 mm). This can easily be reduced by reducing the height slider. All diameters will automatically be adjusted to keep the bell shape. Our small bell lithophane was only 70 mm in height and looked really cute. Moreover, it was printed in just 7 hours!
At last, we like to have a darker band at the bottom of the bell to better resemble a real Christmas bell. You can do this by adding a frame to the bottom of your lithophane. This can be done by selecting the frame. After this you should activate the advanced options and check the bottom checkbox only.
The only thing left to do is to download your christmas lithophane! Press the download button in the lower right corner of the lithophane preview screen. Your high quality lithophane is now being generated which might take a few seconds. After this your download is ready! Just press the lithophane button to download the christmas bell lithophane.
The next step is to slice your lithophane and print it! Luckily the christmas bell lithophane is really easy to print, no supports are needed. If you kept the default diameter settings, then the overhang at the top of the bell is not too large.
We already printed two christmas bell lithophanes to test our new shape. This came out perfectly and it has found a permanent place in our Christmas decoration. We’ve found out that seamless christmas textures work very well. But of course family pictures will also work well. To get the most out of your picture, make sure that the faces are approximately located at the horizontal center line.
We would love to see what you will create! Tag us in your lithophane posts on social media, and let us know what you created!
With ItsLitho you are able to design your own unique lithophane in an easy and adaptive manner. Keep track of your design with the preview model, choose different shapes, add handy attributes and customize it the way you want!