Who I am
I'm a science believer, science lover, scientist lover (because I'm married to one) and a former scientist. I'm also a nature lover and a 3D-printing design fanatic. During my years in the lab, I came to appreciate how scientists identify with their organism. My designs are inspired not only by the symbiosis between scientist and organism, but also by the intricate and iconic patterns and shapes that can only be found in nature.
How I create
Ontogenie jewelry and 3D-printed designs are created using a combination of modern and ancient technology. Using three-dimensional CAD software, I sculpt my designs by hand in the virtual reality of my computer. I send the sculpt file to Shapeways, my production partner in the Netherlands, where it is 3D-printed in wax before being cast in silver, bronze or brass by lost wax casting. Most of my cast metal pieces are then lightly polished to give them a smooth glossy texture, whereas the more ornate pieces are left unpolished to preserve fine detail. The stainless steel is created by 3D-printing of a binder onto a bed of steel powder followed by bronze infusion of the 3D-print and baking in a kiln. The nylon plastic pieces are also hand-sculpted with CAD and then printed using a laser to melt and bind nylon plastic powder in layers followed by a gentle polishing step. See the Materials page for examples.
When you order
To prevent waste and overstock, the jewelry is not made until you order. Unless I happen to have the piece you order in stock, please allow 2-3 weeks for printing and shipping. If you would like to know what I have in stock at the moment, please contact me. All items are gift-wrapped in original, recyclable Ontogenie packaging and then shipped insured by registered mail, worldwide.
Other places to buy
This online shop is new, but I've been selling my jewelry on Etsy since 2014. I'm proud to say that I have a lot of happy Etsy customers. You can read their reviews here: Ontogenie Etsy Reviews
If you have questions that I haven't answered, drop me a line through the contact form, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org