Wing Earrings

by improbablecog
Wing Earrings 3d printed Art Jewelry Hand Polished
Hand Polished
  • Stainless Steel

    Bronze-infused stainless steel with visible print lines and rough feel.

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Resembling a bat or dragon, these biotech earrings are the wings of an alien exoform.

This piece has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License due to the support of the following patrons:
BJ Becker, Boon Sheridan, brepettis, Brian Hawkins, CatFord, Edvard Immonen, Edward Henderson II, GothicCharmSchool, Helen, Ian Nusbaum, Jack C, Jake von Slatt, James Ian Burns, Jess, Jezcabelle, Johnny B Jackson, Katt Tewksbury, Kim Dancy, Lastwear, Leila Smith, Libby Bulloff, Lucas Richter, Lyssa Chartrand, Malcolm Tredinnick, Marguerite Kenner, Melody Burdett, morbidity.unlimited, Nick Setten, Patrick Ball, Peter Simon, Raymond McCauley, Robert Schouwenburg, Sara Mitchell, Sigrid Ellis, strand, Sue Jackson, Theodore Minick

Because of their contributions, you are free to print this model at cost, download the original model files from my website at:, use it, modify it, and even sell it, with the following restrictions:

- All derivative work must be released under the same license.
- You must attribute the original design to Noah Beasley or Improbablecog, and to the URL

Also, if you do anything cool and interesting with this model, please drop me a line and let me know about it! I would love to promote your modifications, and point people your way to see it.
If you do decide to sell physical prints of this model, that's also allowed so long as you attribute the design. I would be glad to list you as a local reseller on my website as well if you let me know about it :)

That's it, otherwise have fun!


IN: 2.75 w x 2.903 d x 0.335 h
CM: 6.986 w x 7.374 d x 0.85 h


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@SueParr Thanks a lot Sue !
May 13, 2014, 5:37 pm
@Dimitri_Safarikas Now you can read the details in improbablecog's answer to me.
May 13, 2014, 4:54 pm
@improbablecog Thanks - that satisfies my curiosity.
May 13, 2014, 4:54 pm
@SueParr My apologies for missing your question. You're right about the thickness, these earrings go below 3mm in quite a few places, but are still printable. My understanding is that the Shapeways minimum thickness information is more of a best practices policy than a hard and fast rule. Where the thin spots are also makes a big difference. That being said, these are definitely pushing the limits, and I've had to modify them a few times. As far as the shape goes, they are pretty pointy, but they hang flatter in practice than they would appear from the images. I think a 90 degree twist would be too much, and make them dig in more, but a slighter twist might be a good idea. If anyone's reading this who has a pair, do you have any thoughts on the wearability?
May 13, 2014, 4:42 pm
@Dimitri_Safarikas I didn't get an answer from improbablecog, so I can't answer you. Sorry.
May 13, 2014, 11:07 am
@SueParr I would also be VERY interested in the answer about the 1mm thickness. It doesn't seem to be printable in steel, and yet, it is ?
May 13, 2014, 10:33 am
I downloaded this to look at the width of the part that goes through the ears, and it seems to me, if I've calculated correctly (my units don't match Shapeways' units), that it is only 1 mm thick, but the minimum thickness for stainless steel according to the comparison sheet, under "Materials", is 3 mm. But it is printable? If I were to wear those earrings, the pointy parts would stick into my neck. They would either rest against my neck, and irritate me, or, if someone came and gave me a hug, they'd push the spikes into my neck. If the hook was rotated 90 degrees, the shape would sit flat at the side of the neck, which is more practical.
July 14, 2013, 7:50 pm
These are much lighter than you would think by their size (which is a good thing). However, the stems are really large and therefore potentially difficult to get through your ear.
May 12, 2013, 8:50 pm


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