Thrips Earrings

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Material

These earrings depict the insect "Thrips" of the order Thysanoptera. Thrips are tiny insects approximately 1 mm in length. They have slender bodies and feather-like wings that cause them to fly slowly by an unusual "clap and fling" method.  They feed on plants by sucking and are a major pest of crop plants and greenhouses.

The earrings are 1.8 cm (0.7 inches) below the loop.
Each earring weighs just 3.7 g, making them comfortable to wear.

The earrings are available in solid sterling silver and solid bronze and finished with nickel-free sterling silver or rose gold plated silver hooks to match.

 Jewelry Shipping

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

Delays may occur due to coronavirus-based shipping disruption.

Australia      UPS 6-8 days 16.89 €
Canada UPS 3-5 days 15.86 €
European Union UPS 2-9 days 12.50 €
Germany DHL 1-2 days 4.99 €
Iceland UPS 3-5 days 15.86 €
Jena, Germany 10 km radius local delivery free
Japan UPS 3-5 days 15.86 €
Norway DHL 2-4 days 28.44 €
Switzerland DHL 2-4 days 28.44 €
United Kingdom UPS 3-5 days
18.26 €
United States UPS 3-5 days 15.86 €
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.

In the unlikely event that your jewelry shipment is delayed by your local customs office, you are responsible for paying any fees incurred.

T-Shirt Shipping

T-shirt shipping costs 4 Euros.

Ontogenie T-shirts are printed in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA and Riga, Latvia in Europe. 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 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 brass and solid bronze as well as gold-plated brass. The silver and bronze pieces, and to a lesser extent brass, will tarnish and discolor slightly over time. This is completely normal for these materials. Since moisture tends to accelerate the tarnishing process, I recommend that you don't wear the jewelry in water, e.g., while bathing, showering or swimming. The oils in your skin will also contribute to tarnishing. I recommend polishing the jewelry with a soft cloth after wear and storage in a dark, dry place to slow the oxidation which causes tarnish.

If the jewelry should tarnish, I've found that it can be returned to its original brilliance and color by using a gentle, nonabrasive silver polish. The more detailed and highly textured pieces will be more difficult to polish because of surface variations. To polish these, I recommend using a very soft toothbrush with the 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 in 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.

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

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