This was a custom martini glass of 3 bear cubs climbing a pine tree. The client provided some photos for inspiration and specific volume requirements for the martini. Originally conceived as a 3D printed piece through Shapeways, I designed around the requirements for their process. However, because this was a luxury item, the client opted for using a traditional foundry and had the glasses cast in stainless steel.
Because of the need for precision for the glass, I modeled the basic form in Rhino. Then I exported that Geometry and brought it into ZBrush for the sculpted elements. I looked at a number of materials from porcelain to steel to give the client some options for materials, as each material has different specifications for minimum wall thickness.
The basic bear cub was modeled in ZBrush, and 3 different copies of it were posed on the stem of the martini glass
The details of tree bark, branches, and roots were sculpted on the geometry that I created in Rhino
The foundry used a 3D printed pattern to create traditional molds and then cast the final glasses in stainless steel.
I thought that this project was interesting because I was able to combine the precision of CAD, calculating the liquid volume, with the artistic freedom of digitally sculpting in ZBrush. I also liked how well it turned out, as an actual martini glass.
The client was also very pleased with the results. and says that the metal also serves as an excellent heat sink, keeping the martini cool!