Museum exhibition gifts offer another dimension

Otago Museum shop communicator Sarah Harkness  displays a grey polished steel 3-D printed giraffe...
Otago Museum shop communicator Sarah Harkness displays a grey polished steel 3-D printed giraffe jaw necklace on Saturday, a replica of an object in the Gifts and Legacies exhibition. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
For the first time, Otago Museum has created a bespoke range of 3-D printed jewellery as exhibition merchandise.

Otago Museum spokeswoman Kate Barron said the merchandise included 3-D printed jewellery, including a gold and polished steel mollymawk brooch, a polished nickel ring based on a moa's tracheal ring and a grey polished steel giraffe jaw necklace.

The limited-run jewellery was made in collaboration with Otago Polytechnic's innovation work space and was based on objects from the Gifts and Legacies exhibition.

''Often the merchandise comes with a touring exhibition but this is the first time we have generated it ourselves.''

Museum design services manager Craig Scott said the objects had the right level of detail for the 3-D modelling process and translated well into designer jewellery.

''If they sell well, we'll branch out into 3-D printing other objects from the museum's collection.''

The exhibition runs until November 23.

-shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

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