MarulaCreative

Nudibranchs, Sea Slugs, Sea Creatures and more!

Wellington, New Zealand On Etsy since 2015

MarulaCreative

Nudibranchs, Sea Slugs, Sea Creatures and more!

Wellington, New Zealand | 200 Sales

Announcement    Hand painted 3D printed nudibranchs / sea slugs for decorating your computer monitor!
Also selling 3D printed jewelry in natural brass, bronze and silver!
www.marulacreative.com

UPDATE on COVID-19:

Production of Natural Silver, Natural Brass, and Natural Bronze are in production again at Shapeways. There is still a chance of shipping delays to some countries.

My hand painted products don't have production delays at this stage, but there is the possibility for delays once it is shipped.

** Please expect delays during COVID-19 and read the information provided on my Shop Policies as well as by Etsy and Shapeways. Thanks for your support! **

Announcement

Last updated on 26 Jul, 2020

Hand painted 3D printed nudibranchs / sea slugs for decorating your computer monitor!
Also selling 3D printed jewelry in natural brass, bronze and silver!
www.marulacreative.com

UPDATE on COVID-19:

Production of Natural Silver, Natural Brass, and Natural Bronze are in production again at Shapeways. There is still a chance of shipping delays to some countries.

My hand painted products don't have production delays at this stage, but there is the possibility for delays once it is shipped.

** Please expect delays during COVID-19 and read the information provided on my Shop Policies as well as by Etsy and Shapeways. Thanks for your support! **

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About MarulaCreative

Sales 200
On Etsy since 2015

Hand painted 3D printed nudibranchs / sea slugs for decorating your computer monitor!

What is a Nudibranch?

Nudibranchs or “sea slugs” represent the mollusc phylum, the largest marine phylum (class). Nudibranchs occur in seas worldwide and live at all depths of salt water. To me they represent the beauty of life under the sea. Nudibranchia (scientific name), means naked gills – it describes the feathery gills and horns that most wear on their backs.

Why Nudibranchs?

My first encounter with a nudibranch was at the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve in New Zealand while scuba diving off a live aboard boat along “magic wall”. The well known scuba diver, Jacques Cousteau, rated those islands as one of the top ten dives spots in the world. Nudibranchs are tiny creatures and can easily be missed, but they are so colourful and interesting when encountered. I was hooked and just wanted to see more of them. I tried to take a photo and realised the skill needed for such a small subject, while fighting with the sea current and the need for good lighting to capture their true colours even at around 10 meters under water. I told people about my experience and not many knew about the existence of nudibranchs. They are better known as a sea slug, but not many are aware of the diversity of colour and variety. The fact that I could locate a book on “1001 Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs” meant my search would be never ending to meet them all. Only half the total number of nudibranch species has been discovered so far, despite this numbering an impressive 3000 or so to date. This year two new nudibranchs were recorded in Norway.

I have dived in two other marine reserves in New Zealand. The F69 Frigate wreck in Wellington and the Kapiti Island Marine reserve with a hole-in-the-wall underwater archway filled with jewel anemones. I have seen nudibranchs at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and also in Fiji. My aim is to make sure we get more marine reserves in New Zealand. I have seen the area before the Wellington region got its only marine reserve and I could spot a big difference myself in the marine life!

There are some types of nudibranchs in regions in the world that are endangered, but I look at the bigger picture of their food supply that is slowly disappearing with pollution, climate change and over fishing. I would like my children and their children to be able to meet the little beauties one day in the future too. Apparently they are not the easiest to keep alive in aquariums which means they would decline this way also when captured and are not easy to breed.

To make a difference I would like to create more awareness to protect their environment – New Zealand has a big coastline. I celebrate their beauty by making everyday products or art to show them off. I would like to bring awareness to the community that it is up to us to make a difference. Marine Protected Areas are established through consultation – have your say. The top things we can do as a society today is: clean up, stop over fishing and create marine reserves.

Shop members

  • UlaRM

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    My background is 3D Visual Effects. I trained as Graphic Designer and later did 3D Modelling and Texture Painting on digital models for movies. I also create custom 3D models for clients.

Production partners

  • 3D printing service company

    United States

    Raw bronze, raw brass or raw silver is used by the 3D printing company to manufacture jewellery that I designed.

  • 3D Printing Service Company

    United States

    Coloured nylon plastic is used by the 3D printing company to manufacture ornaments that I designed.

Shop policies

Last updated on 12 August, 2020
Thank you very much for your interest in buying my hand painted nudibranch/s, sea creatures and/or jewelry!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 45 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 1 hour of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
CourierPost for New Zealand deliveries.
If an item is missing, damaged or delayed see info here which I will follow up on:
http://www.expresscouriers.co.nz/terms-and-conditions/

I will reimburse you if it hasn't arrived after two weeks.


The New Zealand Post Office for international deliveries.
If an item is missing, damaged or delayed see info here which I will follow up on:
https://support.nzpost.co.nz/app/enquiry-form

Please allow up to 45 days for your package to arrive for international orders. It might just be delayed for some reason. I will reimburse you if it hasn't arrived after 46 days - this is the period that started after it was marked as shipped (keep in mind the processing time listed on products before shipping, usually 3 - 4 weeks).


3D printed jewelry gets sent directly from Shapeways via UPS in the United States. Shapeways manages the printing and delivery. Please get in touch if there has been a problem and I will follow up to get the issue resolved. The order can't be canceled once it has gone in to production. The delivery address can't be changed either.

You can return an item within the 45 days of delivery period (please note that you will have to pay for the return delivery cost).

You can change a delivery address for orders that gets sent directly by me (like the ornaments) if it hasn't been sent yet. Just send me a message to check if a change in address is still possible. The change can only be done for an address within your country where the original address is located.
Payment
I use PayPal secure system to receive payments.
Delivery
UPDATE on COVID-19:

My hand painted products don't have production delays at this stage, but there is the possibility for delays once it is shipped. New Zealand is currently in Level 2 Lockdown (Level 3 in Auckland) and we are able to ship products (Level 4 was not possible) - 12/08/2020. Some countries have longer shipping delays than others:

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/contact-support/international-delivery-updates

https://covid19.govt.nz/

Production of Natural Silver, Natural Brass, and Natural Bronze are in production again at Shapeways. There is still a chance of shipping delays to some countries.

** Please expect delays (up to 5 weeks for shipping) during COVID-19 and read the information provided by Etsy and Shapeways. Thanks for your support! **


I use CourierPost with signature for deliveries within New Zealand. It takes 1 - 3 working days depending on where you live. You will be able to track your order:

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/tools/tracking


For international orders (when not selecting a shipping upgrade for items) I use the New Zealand Post Office International Air service (3 - 10 days delivery target). You will not be able to track your order:

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/contact-support/international-delivery-updates

For shipping upgrades I use the New Zealand Post Office International Courier service (2 - 6 working day delivery target). You will be able to track your order:

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/personal/sending-internationally/letters-documents/international-courier

https://www.nzpost.co.nz/tools/tracking


3D printed jewelry gets sent directly via UPS from Shapeways in the United States.

If an order needs to be received by a specific date, please send me a message beforehand so that we can figure out if it will be possible to reach you on time. I list the processing times on each item in my shop listing. Then please allow enough time for the order to be created. For instance if I receive a message about when you need to receive your item, then place the order asap. I can't get it manufactured if not enough time is provided since placing the order. There may be options to speed it up, but that will cost more money. Thanks for understanding.

Please check the customs information for you own country before making a purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
I send your purchased item/s in a plastic bag, wrapped in bubble wrap and put them inside a small taped box.

Orders for jewellery gets packaged and sent by Shapeways.

Brass and Bronze: over time the 3D printed Brass and Bronze products tarnish naturally. This can give some beautiful colour changes. To bring it back to it's original colour, a polishing cloth can be used.

ORNAMENTS:

Previously I have 3D printed plastic ornaments using a 3D Printing Service Company (Shapeways). I now use our own in house resin 3D printer and polishing tools which I 3D print once ordered.

My ornaments are intended for older children and adults (Designer Toy or Desk Toy). It is not intended for small children (under age 8) since it contains small parts that could break.

Some nudibranch model designs have a mirrored option, so that there will be variation if purchasing the same shape with different paint designs. Let me know if you prefer a specific look or else either mirror direction can be expected. I make sure if a repeat customer orders more than one design that I supply both mirror options to create variation.

JEWELLERY:

3D printed jewelry can't be changed once the order is placed. Your order will automatically go in to production with the 3D printing service company, so I also can't change the model or delivery address. The order gets shipped directly from the 3D printing service company to your address.

Please read the information on each item purchased carefully since it may contain information like DIY (Do It Yourself); for instance jewellery that is 3D printed and doesn't have any add-ons - you need to ad your own ring or magnet or safety pin or necklace, etc.

CUSTOM ORDERS:

A custom order is an order that is not something already listed in my shop. You can't purchase a current listing as a custom order, it needs to be requested in writing me a message. I then create the new product (the custom order) and list it as a new shop listing for you to purchase.

Current listings can't be changed, only new listings can be created according to your custom order. Thanks for understanding. This is to avoid uncertainty on what is being bought.