I’m toying with an idea to design a pendant in SketchUp for 3d printing. I am aware that SketchUp is not necessarily designed for creating 3d jewellery, but since it’s the only 3d program I’m vaguely familiar with, I’d like to give it a go.
Any ideas how would I go around it? I don’t want to stick to just push/pull tool, because I don’t want sharp edges, it needs to be quite smooth. I can easily create the base round medallion with smooth oblique edge around it, but when it comes to getting the central piece to look nice, I’m lost.
Let’s say I want to create a small relief based on a design like this:
(borrowed from https://www.behance.net/gallery/11707675/Lion-Head-Logo-Template page)
One idea I had was to create some extra contour lines inside, elevate them and use the sandbox option, but I either lack the skill to do it, or it’s a lost case. I know the Artisan plugin has some sculpting options which would probably work, but before I consider spending money on it, do you think I have any other options?