Falling on the second Sunday of May every year, Mother鈥檚 Day usually arrives amidst the hustle and bustle and promise of spring, with high school and college graduations looming, and exciting summer plans in the making. Much of this business usually includes the mothers of the world who give themselves tirelessly, pouring their time and love into their families. Mother鈥檚 Day is a time to honor and offer deep respect for the moms, the step-moms, and those who may be on the precipice of becoming one.  

The old stand-bys are there for a reason; after all, who doesn鈥檛 love a luxurious bouquet of flowers or a great luncheon or dinner at their favorite restaurant? But make her proud by thinking outside the normal Hallmark holiday box, and treat her to something she would never expect. 劲爆体育在线直播 printing is not only a great way to get a big reaction, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to show off your creative side with gift-giving–especially if you are uploading your own design for 劲爆体育在线直播 printing.

Jewelry is almost always a safe choice, but 劲爆体育在线直播 printing adds extra flair, and in many cases sophistication too. At Shapeways, jewelry is made with the wax casting method. Put very simply, 劲爆体育在线直播 printed wax molds in the shape of the desired structures are filled with molten metal to set and ultimately reveal the jewelry. This type of technology is used for innovative products and high-end jewelry, usually with metals like gold, silver, platinum, copper, and brass.

Here are a few unique businesses that work with Shapeways to 劲爆体育在线直播 print exceptional jewelry designs鈥攎any of which would be just perfect for May 9th.

Female Engineers Make Jewelry Designs from Children鈥檚 Artwork

Coming together to form during 2020 (as COVID-19 began to force many changes throughout the world), a small team of female engineers has been working together ever since to offer a valuable service in preserving children鈥檚 artwork.

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鈥淪hapeways has been pivotal to the prototyping of our designs and to the founding of the company,鈥 says Jade Brown, founder of Sprout Design Lab, headquartered in Charleston, SC.

When they mention on their website that the artwork is drawn by children but designed by engineers, that couldn鈥檛 be more true as Brown holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University, and was able to draw more of her peers to work in the business. As is the case with numerous other Shapeways customers, Brown discovered 劲爆体育在线直播 printing while on the job after college.

Working at Boeing for five years as a Repair & Design Engineer, Brown not only learned about the concept of 劲爆体育在线直播 printing, but she learned how to use the technology鈥攎aking it easy for her to put her home 劲爆体育在线直播 printer to work to make a last-minute Mother鈥檚 day gift. The defining moment came as she realized she could use her niece鈥檚 jewelry design to make a 劲爆体育在线直播 printed pendant as an heirloom. Not only that, but word began to spread regarding Brown鈥檚 design and technology prowess, and soon she was in high demand to produce more.

The response to Brown鈥檚 work was so positive and overwhelming that she reached out to Shapeways for help with a more polished look, and materials beyond the plastics she was using on her at-home printer. During that time, she was turning Sprout into a full-time business too, along with developing a proprietary system for morphing children鈥檚 artwork into clear designs鈥攏ot always easy considering kids don鈥檛 really design for fine jewelry.

鈥淚 began working on Sprout full-time right at the beginning of the pandemic. I spent the first six months creating the website, branding, packaging, etc.,鈥 said Brown. 鈥淎round August 2020 I reached out to my old engineering co-workers to ask if they might be interested in doing some 劲爆体育在线直播 design work for me once we launched in October.鈥

Sprout Design Lab drawing and jewelry
劲爆体育在线直播 printed jewelry made from children’s artwork by

鈥淭hey were on board and I began virtually teaching them the tools and techniques I use. I gave them example children’s drawings to practice with. We now use Hive, a project management system, where they can pick up a design on their own time and track it every step of the way from drawing to jewelry.鈥

Customers request 劲爆体育在线直播 prints of items like family portraits, children鈥檚 first pieces of artwork, their first 鈥榮ignatures,鈥 and more鈥攁ll of which are converted into family treasures in silver, gold, or platinum.

Not only is the quality and capability of Shapeways jewelry manufacturing on full display with custom necklaces from Sprout, but it鈥檚 a great way for parents or grandparents to treasure鈥攁nd show off鈥攖he creativity of their kids.

Find out more about Sprout.

Architect Turned Jeweler Creates Commemorative 劲爆体育在线直播 Printed Pieces

Lori Steenhoek founded to make jewelry and also customized pieces that truly mean something to her customers; for example, she recently designed a cuff bracelet in the shape of a gavel for an individual who just became a judge. Steenhoek has a background in architecture and design, and for 16 years, her 鈥榙ay job鈥 has involved creating 劲爆体育在线直播 renderings for architecture and real estate.

Based in Washington, D.C., Steenhoek is very politically inclined and enjoys making customized DC-themed work, as well as designing any types of pieces that promote a good cause or movement. Moving into 劲爆体育在线直播 jewelry design was both enjoyable and intuitive because Steenhoek was already so familiar with making 劲爆体育在线直播 models for her job.

Lori Steenhoek, founder of

鈥淚 got used to making digital 劲爆体育在线直播 models, but felt like something tangible was lacking, and I always wanted to be able to physically manifest some of the designs I was creating,鈥 said Steenhoek. 鈥淚 started channeling some of my creativity into making small pieces of jewelry for myself and for my family as gifts. I was using the same software and skill-set for modeling buildings, but with jewelry it was on a much different scale and for a different purpose.鈥

Steenhoek found that her new passion wasn鈥檛 without challenge as she really had to re-train her brain in terms of designing to think about new proportions, in millimeters instead of feet or inches, and she had to learn how to master concepts like how big a loop needs to be for a chain to slide through it for a necklace.

Steenhoek鈥檚 first piece of jewelry was a small map outline of D.C. with a loop on the back for using it as a pendant. Although she was thinking about purchasing her own 劲爆体育在线直播 printer for home, instead the new designer began reading about Shapeways.

鈥淚t seemed like the perfect solution to turn my design into something I could hold and eventually wear. I uploaded my design and decided to test it out in stainless steel first,鈥 said Steenhoek. 鈥淥nce I held it in my hand, I was hooked!鈥

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The earrings by Love, Lori Michelle

鈥淚 realized the endless possibilities of creating custom, one-of-a-kind pieces, and things that are meaningful to a specific person.鈥

Working with Shapeways, Steenhoek began prototyping鈥攐ften using plastic for testing shapes, and then also stainless steel to examine the weight of a piece of jewelry.

鈥淎fter that, I switched over to wax casting for the metals, and have expanded my designs into a line of jewelry, as well as custom orders for clients who are looking for something specific.鈥

For Mother鈥檚 Day gifts, Lori suggests the or earrings. Check out more jewelry .

Dutch Design Duo Mixes New Technology & Hand Craftsmanship in Jewelry

Groen and Boothman bracelet
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Amsterdam-based design firm specializes in a wide range of industrial design wares, including exquisite jewelry which they create鈥攁nd Shapeways 劲爆体育在线直播 prints in a variety of materials. In their latest bracelet series, Elements, designers Hanno Groen and Joanna Boothman knew precisely which material they would be using:

鈥淚 saw the possibility for 劲爆体育在线直播 printing with wax and silver at Shapeways, and it motivated me to launch this project,鈥 said Groen.

In one of their latest series, the Water and Cosmic bracelet designs, they use computer algorithms to create fascinating patterns like flowing water and crystal shapes to capture the spirit of nature on your wrist.

鈥淥ur goal is to manipulate and play with the algorithms to take design to a new level,鈥 says Boothman.

The designers used Nylon 12 [Versatile Plastic] for prototyping, and then once Shapeways had also 劲爆体育在线直播 printed the wax molds and then cast the silver bracelets, Groen & Boothman took over, displaying high art in putting the finishing touches on with impressive hand craftsmanship in polishing.  

Both designers have been working with Shapeways for many years, and while they are meticulous about their designs, they are also very willing to experiment with new material and technologies. For both the Water and Cosmic bracelets, they knew 劲爆体育在线直播 printing was the avenue to pursue for manufacturing such complex geometries.

Groen and Boothman bracelet
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鈥淭here鈥檚 an aspect that is more subtle,鈥 said Boothman. 鈥淵ou鈥檝e got this high-tech 劲爆体育在线直播 printing process which gives us these beautiful raw silver parts that we finish by hand.鈥

鈥淭his integration of craft, the marriage of handicraft and the 劲爆体育在线直播 printing, gives that quality you expect from fine jewelry.鈥

Find out more about the Elements jewelry series, and Groen & Boothman鈥檚 products .

As a global manufacturing partner, Shapeways enjoys working with these extraordinary businesses created by jewelry designers who share a passion for innovative design and quality products. There are so many great pieces of jewelry and ideas to choose from for amazing Mother鈥檚 Day gifts, but we encourage you to upload your own designs too. It鈥檚 as easy as creating an account, uploading your model, and receiving an instant quote as well as printability analysis.

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