Thanks for the kind words, all. This is straight out of the box -- really sweet work by the production folks! @Andy, I'm sure it's not just you. As a biologist, I conceived of the model in part as a way to separate those who think they like scarabs from those who actually like scarabs. (Happily my girlfriend is in the latter group.)
Wow, a big day for a little beetle! >1000 hits so far, mostly from BoingBoing. Whatever happens, thanks mostly to the SW community for all the feedback and ratings (and orders) over ~2 years, which led to tweaks and tests and many revisions (currently v8, but I remember the days before SW had versions!), which provides some confidence that -- forgive me -- the bugs have been worked out.
I think I've already posted some very nice shots of my Silver Enlightened Pendant, before and after adding a patina to enhance it's appearance. I even set a gemstone in my finished work... http://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=5780&start=0&