The Caltrop seed (or water chestnut) is the fruit of an aquatic plant that grows in slow-moving fresh water up to 5m deep in warmer climates. I was inspired by its interesting shape to create a piece of jewelry from it. The seed was meticulously 3D photo-scanned in high resolution to retain all the natural textures of the seed. The result is a definite conversation piece!
About the material finishes:
◼️ Polished STEEL has a rough, aged appearance (even after polishing). It is 3D printed using a binder jetting process and is later infused with bronze, creating a material that is 60% steel and 40% bronze and can range in color from a silver gray to reddish bronze.
◼️ Nickel-plated STEEL has a more shiny, smooth appearance, but is still rougher than cast metals like silver. Just make sure you don't have any nickel allergies.
◼️ BRASS, BRONZE, GOLD, and SILVER are first 3D printed in a high detail cast-able wax, and then cast using a traditional lost wax process. Because of this, these metals are smoother and more detailed than the STEEL.