For those new to my blog, I am recreating the set of the famous TV show "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel". In her kitchen there are many dishes that have to be recreated. Among them are two clear very simple looking 60's style cake stands.
Since I have started to design my own 3D printed items, I have quickly learned that the best way to approach a dish is to look at the most elementary shapes. 3D printers like to add supports to any area that is not attached to the print bed. A cake stand has two tiers one of which is floating above the other so that would mean a lot of supports that would have to be removed later on. So I figured why not try making the cake stand out of resin. Basically two circles of varying size and a stem are needed. So after digging through my stash of molds, I found some circles that would work.
If you do not have a mold on hand, you can make your own out of crafting clay. Just press the end of a cap into the clay and let it dry. Once dry remove the caps and pour resin into the imprint. After the resin cures, you should end up with two circles like in the image above. I poured a bit of resin to make a stem, but you could use a toothpick and cut it to size to fit between the two tiers. Resin can be colored by mixing color into the resin before curing or afterwards. I needed clear cake stands, so I just used clear hard resin.
To balance the larger tier over the smaller one, I had to lean the stand against something while gluing. I did not touch it for 24 hours to make sure that the glue sets properly.
And here they are! This is a super quick and easy way to make a cake stand for pretty much any scale. Once colored and embellished the design possibilities are endless.