Virtual Designs in Sketchup #17: Illusionist's Heart Pendant

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Blog entry by rance posted 10-07-2012 08:17 PM 5684 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Seeing that many folks seem to be interested in the construction of the Heart Pendant that Daftehh built, I asked him if he was planning on posting further instruction. He said he wasn’t, and gave me permission to step in.

Many of you know by now that SketchUp is my Go-To tool for design. I truely use it as one of my woodworking ‘tools’ to determine dimensions, angles, etc. By drawing the heart out as two individual halves, I began with the basic ‘Pill’ shape. I experimented with the location of the diagonal separation line, but not a lot. It is actually pretty easy to locate it. You just have to make sure it is symetrical.

Another view shows it twisted to its heart shape. As for grain direction, you can choose your own to achieve your own desired look. I’ve also included one option of type and placement of hook for attachment to fit my needs.

I will not be providing actual dimensions for this blog as they are sorta irrelevant. I imagine what most folks have the most difficulty with is the connection between the two halves. What I want to convey here primarilly is how this pendant works and how to design your own.

For my purposes, there is no reason for me to draw this to the point of actual look. Given that, I can draw a blocked style of components.

Looking at the half(with the hook), lying it on its back and looking directly at the edge where it joins its mirrored half, you see a mere rectangle.

Locate a crosshair in the exact center of that surface. This is where you will install your swivel of choice. From a view with one face removed, you can get a better idea of the construction.

Be sure to not drill all the way through to the ‘show’ edge. I do plan on actually building one of these. On mine, I plan on using micro Rare Earth magnets to keep it in place.

So what are the real ‘tricks’. Start with the Pill, separate it with the diagonal line. Then simply center the pivot point in the exact center of the face that meets its mating piece. Lastly, the edges can be rounded and shaped as you see fit.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 08:30 PM

Got me thinking. May have to try this.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-11-2012 01:35 PM

Locating the pivot point seemed to be the hard part of this project. It seems very obvious now that you’ve told us how to do it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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