About this project
This kickstarter is to help launch my chromosome jewellery collection. The rewards are items of bronze and silver jewellery showing human chromosomes. Each piece has been designed and modelled from microscopy data and produced using 3D printing technology. Layered together, the chromosomes produce a variety of beautiful shapes and forms.
In order to sell the jewellery pieces online and go to craft shows I need a stock of items that I can either photograph or show in person. I have invested a fair amount of money in prototyping each of the designs and printing the items you see in the images on here. However, I cannot afford to have them all printed in silver and bronze, which is where the kickstarter comes in. Upon reaching my goal I will be able to print the collection in silver and obtain professional images for an online store. If I go over goal I can build up stock to take to craft shows and present to retail business owners. The goal set is the minimum amount I need to fulfill pledges, pay Kickstarter fees and be able to print the designs in silver.
Who am I?
I am a passionate electron microscopist. Seriously, I love all things microscopy based, so much so that I have my own websites dedicated to microscopy, my microscopy art (Miniature Horizons) and have been selling some of my prints and items on my online Etsy store. I have already had one successful Kickstarter for a calendar of my artwork http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1627392371/electron-microscopy-art-calendar-2014
Why Biogenesis Jewellery?
Biogenesis is the formation of new organisms or parts of organisms. I have used the structures of organisms and interesting shapes found in cell biology to create a range of jewellery items. DNA and chromosomes are an essential part of our personal biogenesis and are the basis for this chromosome collection. I will be releasing other collections in the future if this project is a success.
Plus, the other geeks in my lab like it. ;)
DNA, Chromosomes and sciencey background bit, if you are interested. If not, skip to the rewards!
We are defined by the genes in our DNA and the environment that we grow up in. DNA is arranged into chromosomes. Each DNA containing organism has a different number of chromosomes and they, in turn, can exhibit a wide variety of shapes. Each time one of our cells divides the chromosomes condense and form distinct shapes that can be seen by a normal light microscope. The chromosome shapes I have used for my jewellery pieces come from this stage.
We have 46 chromosomes in our cells arranged into 23 pairs. One of these pairs forms the chromosomes that determine our sex, the X and Y chromosomes. Two x chromosomes, XX, gives rise to a female child, one x and one y, XY, gives rise to a male child. There are some variations that give rise to XXY individuals and triplets of chromosome 21 (Down's Syndrome).
The Jewellery Collection.
The collection consists of several items of jewellery. Rings, pendants. earrings and cufflinks. Each item is available with XX, XY, XXY or a triplet of chromosome 21 (added by request). There are also two ring designs featuring all the human chromosomes (karyotype designs).
Karyotype 1 has the chromosomes arranged with two xx chromosomes and one y chromosome in the middle, followed by all the other chromosomes in order on either side. this creates a crown-like effect.
Karyotype 2 design simply has all 24 types of chromosomes arranged 1-24 (anticlockwise) with the centromeres (the part where the two sides are joined) lined up. This makes the ring look strange in the images, as some of the centromeres are at the top of the chromosomes and some at the bottom, but when worn this effect is great.
The jewellery is made out of either stainless steel, bronze or silver.
Thank you rewards
Each backer will have an acknowledgement on my website. I appreciate all contributions and it all helps, so thank you!
Each item of jewellery has been designed by myself. I have printed out prototypes of each design in plastic and some of them in stainless steel, raw and polished bronze and polished silver. The images below show a combination of metal jewellery pieces and, where I have not printed in metal, images of the designs.
Stainless steel rewards
Stainless steel is the only metal that comes in different coatings. please be aware that it is not suitable for people with nickel allergies even when coated.
Why not commission your own jewellery pieces?
I am offering the opportunity to have your own one-off jewellery pieces designed and made in bronze or silver based around human chromosome shape. A full set of items, including a pair of earrings and pendant set, two rings and a pair of cufflinks. I will provide three designs based on the brief you give me. You will then be able to select a design to print into your unique jewellery range.
Wouldn't that be fab? In case it does happen, here are a couple of stretch goals.
Risks and challenges
I have prototyped each design with the company I will use to produce the final article, so there should be no issues getting the each piece produced. There may be unforeseen design issues that will need to be addressed. However, I am confident that with the ongoing good relationship I have with the printing company and the ability to modify the design there should be relatively few delays at this stage. I have deliberately built in a potential buffer aspect into the timeline based on past experience that, despite best intentions, delays can and do happen.
It is possible the volume of orders will cause slight delays, I have factored this into my timeline. The company I am working with deals with a large number of orders daily and is established at producing large numbers of 3D printed items. Unless a significant unforeseen event occurs I am confident that they will be able to produce the items in their estimated time frames.
The silver jewellery items will require hallmarking. Hallmarking is a legal requirement for selling silver and gold items in the UK. It is a guarantee of purity as determined by an assay of the metal. This has to be done at an official assay office and will take a few days. I will test a few items first to ensure there are no issues before getting all the pieces hallmarked.
I have run one successful kickstarter already and all but one of the items were delivered within time. The one item that wasn't was delayed during the shipping process for reasons outside of my control.
If there are any issues I am happy to discuss them with backers and will endeavour to do my best to resolve concerns. There are several ways in which I can be contacted, please see the main project description for details.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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