I started working with braid designs to make a wedding ring and matching bangles for my fiance. In these designs the braid is wrapped into a cylindrical shape, like these bangles or this ring. Playing with the concept some more, I turned the braid on its side and discovered a pendant that looks like a sort of braided starburst. These earrings are a smaller version of the braid that I made to make a set with the pendant. The model contains a pair of braids.
The wire that traces the braid has a pentagonal shape, so one side of the earring shows a flat face and the other side is ridged. The photos show the design printed in stainless steel, which also gives it a bit of heft.
We offer complete earrings made from this model (with earwires and sometimes other pieces added) in our Etsy shop, although we don't keep the full variety of materials that Shapeways offers in stock. (If you're looking for a particular material or variation and don't see it, just ask!)