The fascination of rapid manufacturing derives from the fact that a complex three-dimensional shape generated in virtual space can be “printed” out. The idea behind the necklace “Einzeller” is to use rapid manufacturing to produce individual jewelry.
Titanium is also called the “space age metal.” It is strong, lightweight and corrosion resistant. Its biocompatibility makes it a suitable metal for jewelry.
“Einzeller” utilizes the strengths of titanium to produce a kind of snap fastener. The individual elements can be snapped together easily; the bond is strong but also not difficult to unsnap. There is no assembly or welding involved in the manufacturing of the necklace.
The length of the “Einzeller” can be altered to go with any wardrobe. A bracelet can also be formed with the same elements. A variable piece of jewelry – it can be integrated into many fashion styles.
Both the design and material are enduring and appealing. With normal use, “Einzeller” won’t wear out or break. At the same time, the weight of the piece is barely noticeable.
Identical machine produced elements are snapped together to form a whole in which a degree of randomness comes into play. The elements are connected by a ball joint and can rotate around their center line and align themselves individually. This creates an ornamental effect that plays with a tension between randomness and intention.
The warm, gray color of titanium goes well with different skin tones. Titanium appears warmer and friendlier than steel. With titanium, there is also the option of anodizing. This electrochemical process can produce iridescent colors on the surface.
Soap bubbles, butterfly wings, iridescent bird feathers – these vibrant colors are not created by pigments. Light waves hit a thin layer on the surface; some of the waves are reflected on the top layer while others are reflected on a slightly deeper layer. Once the waves are reflected, they overlay and then either intensify or erase each other. An iridescent color becomes visible, changing slightly with the viewing angle.
The blue tones of “Einzeller” are those sorts of hues, developed through anodizing. Anodizing changes the surface structure of the titanium on a nanometer scale. Depending on the thickness of this modified layer, a defined color becomes visible. This process is well established, but in order to produce a uniform color and consistency over different batches, a deep practical understanding is necessary.