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 Jewel for JUUL       

This was a commissioned project for my client to proactively design and prototype accessory pieces for the JUUL brand e-cigarette. The intent of this project is solely to showcase physical prototyping, but in no way am I personally affiliated with or support the brand and its associated ties.

 3D Print Shells

A structural shell allows for the required tight tolerance for the e-cig to slide effortlessly in and out, while providing

a surface for an external skin to be applied

via heat and pressure.

 2D Patterns

When precise dimensions are required to skin the shell, a pattern can first be drawn out on Illustrator, then laser cut. 

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Leather Prep

  1. Split leather to desired thickness

  2. Rotary cut  the leather 

  3. Soak leather in water, then roll out excess in towel

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Forming

  1. While damp, press the leather between 3D printed mold with clamps

  2. Leave alone for at least 2 hours before removing 

  3. Let the formed leather air dry

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Gluing

  1. Apply leather glue between layers

  2. Final press the 2 sides between molds and a buck

  3. Clamp the mold again and let set at least 12 hours

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Finishing

  1. Remove piece from mold, and place on cutting jig

  2. Trim the excess leather flange using X-acto knife

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Sewing

  1. Add accent stitching, edge paint, or laser engravings 

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