How I became a jewellery designer and why the internet enables us to be so much more.


I’d like to write about this wonderful website called Zazzy.

Sketch something on a piece of paper, take a photo and about 5 clicks later, you’ve created your own 3D printable jewellery that you can sell online.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds a lot like wizardry to me.


When I first discovered Zazzy through Product Hunt, I was at work. One of my colleagues is well known for always drawing exactly the same cat in exactly the same way, so 30 seconds later he had drawn his cat and I had taken a photo. Just like that, a beast was born – we had created a cat necklace. How exciting.

When I got home that night, I thought about what else I wanted to create – something cool, something edgy, something with double meaning. I’ve always liked the Penrose Triangle so I started with that.

I first mocked up the design in illustrator:

And then uploaded it to Zazzy:

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Hey presto.

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I needed to do more – it was too great. The whole process was too easy to stop at one design. I went back to illustrator and played around until I had made some more fun geometric illusions that I was happy with:

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Of course, if I were to have any idea what these were really like I would have to order some – you know, for research reasons.

I’m a big believer in the concept of ‘treatin’ yo self’, so I ordered all three.


A couple of weeks later they arrived and I can honestly say that I really love them. I opened the box and pulled out these exquisite, beautiful, suddenly real pieces of jewelry that had started out as just a thought – it was absolute magic.

Out of the three the metal one is my favourite – there’s something about the weight of it that I really enjoy compared to the lighter vinyl.0f401c56efea11e4b0ac42010af07cce

I think these pieces are great – I made them and I love them. I’m so pleased with the whole process and I get so much joy out of them now. I get a lot of wonderful positive comments too!

Zazzy necklace vs Chris Hadfield

Zazzy necklace vs Chris Hadfield


At the end of the day, I think this whole process goes much deeper than just creating pretty things. I find that this is a prime example of how the internet enables us: I don’t have a 3D printer and I’m not a jewellery designer, but somehow, suddenly I am. It’s empowering and surprising and delightful – exactly what the internet should be.

If you’d like to buy any of my pieces, have a look here, here or here. If you’d like to design your own (which I would definitely recommend), have a look here.


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