bronze archaeopteryx fossil pendant
Archaeopteryx pendant sterling silver on model Ontogenie
Archaeopteryx Pendant
archaeopteryx pendant in gold plated brass
bronze archaeopteryx fossil pendant
archaeopteryx pendant in solid sterlin silver
bronze archaeopteryx fossil pendant
bronze archaeopteryx fossil pendant
archaeopteryx fossil naturkundemuseum berlin

Archaeopteryx Pendant

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The Archaeopteryx pendant illustrates an important fossil with features of both birds and lizards. Like birds, Archaeopteryx had opposable toes, a wishbone and feathers. Its neck curved in a gentle S-shape like herons and egrets. Similar to dinosaurs, it had gastralia, i.e., free floating vertebrae in the trunk that are only seen in dinosaurs and modern day crocodiles. It had three fingers with claws extending from its wings, something birds do not have. Archaeopteryx had teeth, unlike birds. Finally, Archaeopteryx had a long bony tail to which its tail feathers were attached, whereas modern birds have a "pygostyle," a much reduced and fused caudal vertebra to support the tail feathers.

One of the most beautiful Archaeopteryx fossils ever discovered can be seen at the Naturkundemuseum Berlin. It has been called the "Mona Lisa of Fossils."

The Archaeopteryx pendant is 5.6 cm (2.2 inches) long below the loop. WARNING: The design has many pointy features so I am only offering it on a 60 cm (24 inch) chain so that it hangs on your shirt and not on your skin. Neverthless, please be careful when wearing this pendant as it could scratch your skin or snag your clothing. The interior wing is folded closer to the body of the Archaeopteryx than the outer wing to prevent it from scratching the wearer.

The pendant shown is 3D printed in solid bronze. The pendant is also available in 14K gold plated brass and sterling silver. Please note that the silver and bronze versions of the pendant are only polished lightly to preserve fine details. The pendant is finished with a 60 cm/ 24 inch chain to match and is ready for gift giving with a gift box, polishing cloth, and care instructions. 

Please note: the video is a computer animation designed to show all sides of the pendant and may not accurately represent the color of the metal.

To learn more about Archaeopteryx, check out this blog post: On Dinosaurs, Birds and Bavaria

 Jewelry Shipping

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Jewelry in stock at Ontogenie will be shipped within 1-2 days.

Delays may occur due to coronavirus-based shipping disruption.

Australia      UPS 6-8 days free
Canada UPS 3-5 days free
European Union UPS 2-9 days free
Germany DHL 1-2 days free
Iceland UPS 3-5 days free
Japan UPS 3-5 days free
Norway DHL 2-4 days free
Singapore UPS 3-5 days free
South Africa UPS 4-6 days free
Switzerland DHL 2-4 days free
Taiwan UPS 3-5 days free
United Kingdom UPS 3-5 days
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United States UPS 3-5 days free
Rest of World please contact ontogenie3d@gmail.com


You will be notified by mail when your order ships and given a tracking number so that you can follow your shipment. Ontogenie jewelry is shipped internationally from Germany via UPS and DHL. Your jewelry will be gift-wrapped in original Ontogenie packaging.

Please note that shipments may be delayed for reasons beyond my control. In the unlikely event that your jewelry shipment is held by your local customs office, you are responsible for paying any fees incurred.

T-Shirt Shipping

T-shirt shipping is free.

T-shirt printing requires 2-7 days fulfilment time. After fulfilment, your shipment should arrive in 3-10 business days.

In the unlikely event that your T-shirt shipment is delayed by your local customs office, Ontogenie is not liable for any fees incurred.

tick silver earrings

Ontogenie jewelry is 3D printed in wax and then cast in solid sterling silver, solid bronze, or solid brass plated with 14K gold. The sterling silver and bronze pieces will tarnish and discolor slightly over time. This is completely normal for these materials. Moisture, chlorine, sulfur (i.e. onions, garlic), hand sanitizers, and the oils in your skin may accelerate the tarnishing process. I recommend that you don't wear the jewelry in water, e.g., while bathing, showering or swimming. After wear, it's a good idea to polish the jewelry with a soft cloth and store it in a dark, dry place to slow the oxidation which causes tarnish.

If the jewelry should tarnish, it can be returned to its original brilliance and color by using a gentle, non-abrasive cream silver polish. I do not recommend silver wipes, baking soda or toothpaste as these can scratch the surface of mirror polished jewelry.

Highly detailed and textured pieces will be more difficult to polish because of surface variations. To polish these, I recommend using a very soft toothbrush with the cream silver polish to allow cleaning of small crevices. After polishing, you can remove excess polish by rinsing the jewelry in water and then washing the piece with a gentle detergent followed by a final water rinse.

xenopus frog lapel pin bronze

The gold-plated materials, however, should not be vigorously polished as the plating is likely to wear off over time. The gold-plated materials are much less susceptible to tarnishing and will probably never need to be polished except with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints.

All of the jewelry should be protected from impact against hard surfaces as this can cause scratching. 

3D printing offers a diverse array of materials for jewelry design.

Cast metals

The cast metals are first 3D printed in wax with a high resolution printer using my design file. A plaster mold is then poured around the wax and the plaster is allowed to set. The wax is melted away, the plaster form is filled with molten metal and the metal is allowed to harden (lost wax casting). After being released from the mold, the metal piece can be polished to a shiny gloss or left unpolished.

mitochondrion pendant in silver bronze and 14K goldplated brass

The photo on the left shows the Mitochondrion pendant design printed in polished sterling silver, polished bronze and 14K gold plated brass.

Both silver and bronze will tarnish slightly over time. Bronze tarnishes to a warm brown and silver to a darker gray. This is completely normal for these materials. They can both be brightened with a gentle silver polish and soft cloth. The 14K gold plated brass material is a brass with a thin coating of 14K gold. Care should be taken that the plated jewelry is not exposed to friction as this could result in small areas of the plating rubbing off.

If you would prefer that your jewelry be printed in solid platinum, 14K gold, 14K rose gold, 14K white gold or 18K gold, please contact me for a nonbinding quote on the price.

Steel

In contrast to the cast metals, steel is created by 3D printing a liquid binder onto a bed of steel powder. The resulting print is infused with bronze and baked in an oven to harden.

zebrafish pendants steel comparison
Depending on the amount of bronze infusion, the print can be more silver in color or more bronze. Shown on the left is a photo of two color variants of the Zebrafish pendant.

 

 

Steel can also be plated with various metals after printing.
axoneme gold plated steel
Some of my designs are available in gold-plated steel, for example. Steel is an interesting material with a slightly pitted surface and a vintage feel but is only suitable for larger pieces with no thin parts. Shown to the right is the Axoneme pendant in gold plated steel.

 

For more information on the chemical composition of each material, please consult the following:

Sterling Silver: 93% Silver, 4% Copper, 3% Zinc

Brass: 80% Copper, 15% Zinc, 5% Tin

Bronze: 90% Copper,10% Tin Alloy

Gold plated brass (14K electroplated gold on brass)

Steel: 60% Steel, 40% Bronze matrix material

 


 

 

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