As celebrated artist Doug Bucci debuts his Islet Necklace at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum this week, we’re proud to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the necklace’s creation. Bucci’s ingenious creative process was inspired by a deeply meaningful, if unlikely source: his own diabetes-related medical data. Learn about how the artist turns that data into art jewelry and how Shapeways has played a part in bringing his work to life. Plus, get a rare view of the acclaimed necklace as it travels from powder bed to museum exhibition.

For a deeper look at how Bucci creates the gradient dye effect on the Islet Necklace, make sure to check out his expert tutorial on dyeing Strong & Flexible nylon plastic jewelry. And don’t miss the full range of the artist’s work on his website.