Inspired by a Pictish stone carving in Aberlemno, dating from the 8th or 9th century, of two intertwined kelpies. Although the original inspiration was a flat carving, we gave our model some nice curves with the two kelpies joined at the hip with their tails swooping around, as if they are swimming together.
A kelpie is a water horse from Scottish folklore. They can live in any sizable body of water or stream and have a fearsome reputation for luring the unwary to their deaths.
This item is offered in a range of finishes. Rhodium plated (default), 14k gold plated, 18k gold plated, polished bronze, or in polished bronze steel (steel infused with bronze).
The price shown is for rhodium plated, other finishes are available and can be selected on the Shapeways site (after clicking Buy on Shapeways).
|Look and feel||Precious Plated Metals are cast in Shapeways’ Brass before going through extensive hand polishing to create a smooth surface texture. After being cast, we underplate the brass with palladium to provide strength and durability. Your products are then plated with .5 microns of the precious metal of choice. The outcome is a beautiful shiny luster with a high level of detail and smooth surface finish.
Shapeways' Brass consists of 15% zinc, 5% tin, and 80% copper. The palladium and precious metal electroplatings are about .5 micron each, but this can vary based on geometry.
|Handling and care||Precious Plated Metal is a durable material, but can still scratch or wear through. Prolonged surface wear can rub off the finish. To prevent damage, we recommend storing your item in a soft cloth pouch away from other products, and avoiding exposure to household chemicals and cleaning products.|
|How it's 3D printed||Precious Plated Metal models are fabricated using a complex seven-step process. First, the model is printed in wax using a specialized high-resolution 3D Printer. It is then put in a container where liquid plaster is poured in around it. Once the plaster sets, the wax is melted out in a furnace, and the remaining plaster becomes the mold.
Molten brass is poured into this mold and set to harden. The plaster is broken away, and your product is carefully cleaned and hand polished. Each product goes through two plating steps - first a layer of palladium is applied to provide strength and durability. Then your selected precious metal plating provides the finishing touch.