beyondthebulb

3D printed Home Decor, LED Lighting, & LEGO® earrings

Maine, United States · 197 Sales

beyondthebulb

3D printed Home Decor, LED Lighting, & LEGO® earrings

Maine, United States 197 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(40)

Announcement   This shop features 3D printed items, LED light fixtures, earrings based on LEGO® pieces, and some giclee prints of experimental artwork that I've been doing. I'm always adding something new so please look around. Here are some examples of things you might find in this shop:

* 3D printed items like holiday ornaments, tea light holders, and bud vases
* One of a kind handmade LED light fixtures
* Earrings made from interesting combinations of LEGO® pieces.
* Unique designs that don't have a broad enough appeal for mass production
* Experimental prototypes that I made to try out a new concept
* Some math-based artwork based on LED diffuser patterns I've made

Regarding Taxes: If you're located in Maine, Etsy should add the sales tax to your order. If you're located anywhere else, no taxes will be collected. I think everything is set correctly for this but if anything doesn't seem right, convo me. *** People outside the US, please note that you may be responsible for customs duties. ***

Gifts: I have shipped items as gifts and I can include a note if you want, but I'm not a gift wrapper and wouldn't do a good job. I don't ship to addresses if paypal has a problem with them, and this is due to the possibility of fraud. I don't know how they decide these things and I let them figure it out.

3D Printed stuff: I have a 3D printed and I'm doing some interesting things with it. I've started to create holiday ornaments, tea light holders, and bud vases with geometric designs that are formed by trigonometric equations, and I'm experimenting with other unusual ways of using the printer. So far it's working well.

The Lights: My designs are usually minimalist and sleek. Someone once said that I had an industrial esthetic and I think there's some art deco influence. You can decide for yourself. I'll tell you all about each light in the store: What it is, why I made it, technical details, and if I'm likely to build another one. The first items in this shop were all based on a new heatsink I designed, but others are coming together and I wish there was a place to post pictures of works in progress. Many of these items could be made for wholesale, some can't.

The Earrings: They're fun but I'm moving away from them so if you see something you like, buy it soon because I'm probably not making any more. LEGO®, the LEGO logo, DUPLO®, BIONICLE®, MINDSTORMS®, the BELVILLE, KNIGHTS’ KINGDOM and EXO-FORCE logos, the Brick and Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group of companies, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

The Art: I actually made some graphics similar to these in the 70's, but the technology wasn't there to make them anything more than a curiosity. Lately some of this work started re-asserting itself in my mind while I was developing patterns to print on the diffusers of my LED lighting. I showed the early designs to some friends who were surprisingly excited about it. I can modify the colors on many of these pieces and make them in different sizes. If anyone is interested, please convo me.

Anyway, convo me if you're curious about anything here.

Announcement
Last updated on May 31, 2016

This shop features 3D printed items, LED light fixtures, earrings based on LEGO® pieces, and some giclee prints of experimental artwork that I've been doing. I'm always adding something new so please look around. Here are some examples of things you might find in this shop:

* 3D printed items like holiday ornaments, tea light holders, and bud vases
* One of a kind handmade LED light fixtures
* Earrings made from interesting combinations of LEGO® pieces.
* Unique designs that don't have a broad enough appeal for mass production
* Experimental prototypes that I made to try out a new concept
* Some math-based artwork based on LED diffuser patterns I've made

Regarding Taxes: If you're located in Maine, Etsy should add the sales tax to your order. If you're located anywhere else, no taxes will be collected. I think everything is set correctly for this but if anything doesn't seem right, convo me. *** People outside the US, please note that you may be responsible for customs duties. ***

Gifts: I have shipped items as gifts and I can include a note if you want, but I'm not a gift wrapper and wouldn't do a good job. I don't ship to addresses if paypal has a problem with them, and this is due to the possibility of fraud. I don't know how they decide these things and I let them figure it out.

3D Printed stuff: I have a 3D printed and I'm doing some interesting things with it. I've started to create holiday ornaments, tea light holders, and bud vases with geometric designs that are formed by trigonometric equations, and I'm experimenting with other unusual ways of using the printer. So far it's working well.

The Lights: My designs are usually minimalist and sleek. Someone once said that I had an industrial esthetic and I think there's some art deco influence. You can decide for yourself. I'll tell you all about each light in the store: What it is, why I made it, technical details, and if I'm likely to build another one. The first items in this shop were all based on a new heatsink I designed, but others are coming together and I wish there was a place to post pictures of works in progress. Many of these items could be made for wholesale, some can't.

The Earrings: They're fun but I'm moving away from them so if you see something you like, buy it soon because I'm probably not making any more. LEGO®, the LEGO logo, DUPLO®, BIONICLE®, MINDSTORMS®, the BELVILLE, KNIGHTS’ KINGDOM and EXO-FORCE logos, the Brick and Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group of companies, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

The Art: I actually made some graphics similar to these in the 70's, but the technology wasn't there to make them anything more than a curiosity. Lately some of this work started re-asserting itself in my mind while I was developing patterns to print on the diffusers of my LED lighting. I showed the early designs to some friends who were surprisingly excited about it. I can modify the colors on many of these pieces and make them in different sizes. If anyone is interested, please convo me.

Anyway, convo me if you're curious about anything here.

Don Winterhalter

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Don Winterhalter

3D printed ornamental paperweight
US$40.00
3D printed wall clock
US$30.00
Spring flowers
US$45.00
3D printed 8 pointed star, rainbow colors
US$16.00
3D printed bud vase, 5 pointed star shape
US$25.00
3D printed hanging sculpture
US$40.00
3D printed suncatcher window ornament
US$25.00
The Patriot Act
US$40.00
3D printed LED tea light holder
US$20.00
3D printed LED tea light holder
US$20.00
Three stackable 3D printed tea light holders
US$50.00
3D printed LED tea light holder
US$20.00
3D printed LED tea light holder
US$20.00
3D printed Pumpkin shaped LED tea light holder
US$20.00
3D printed LED tea light holder
US$20.00
Hanging LED-based ceiling light
US$159.00
Hanging LED based ceiling light
US$289.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(40)
mycatsmykids

mycatsmykids on Feb 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love rainbow against a black background, and these earrings are just that! They remind me of things mechanical, but artistically so. Very lightweight on my ears, too. I will truly enjoy wearing these creatively crafted earrings.

mycatsmykids

mycatsmykids on Feb 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love these earrings! Very "space age", and I love all things "rainbow". I will truly enjoy wearing them. Thank you!

caitlin amans

caitlin amans on Dec 12, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

So cool! Thank you for making our Christmas tree extra special!

Anna Alexander

Anna Alexander on Oct 9, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous. Been looking at these guys for several years and they are just as awesome as I was hoping. Clearly lego, very rainbow, but not too over the top, should be easy to wear in a variety of professional and casual settings

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About

Building lighting for tomorrow's postincandescent world, and taking the scenic route

This shop started as an experimental outlet for spinoffs of the products I design and build at Aptilite, a lighting company that makes innovative LED lighting for commercial and residential applications.

The spinoff ideas started with prototype lighting fixtures and night lights made out of LEGO bricks and some of these ideas eventually evolved into earrings. There's no grand design behind any of this, the designs evolve and my Etsy sales tell me what people are interested in. The shop is here to have fun and to hopefully make people happy.

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  • Don Winterhalter

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I've been tinkering with electronics since I was about six and I went on to graduate from NYIT with a BFA. I worked in R&D for a computer co and then started a software company. Now I make LED lights and earrings. I'm not sure what I'll make next.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 31, 2016
Welcome to my shop. These policies will evolve, please check back regularly.

About the 3D printed stuff: These are all my designs, nothing I make is a model found on thingiverse because I don't think thats' really very creative. Most of my designs have been made using raw gcode, so they're lighter, cleaner, and usually more geometric. They're all made on my 3D printer one at a time by me.

About the lights: All of the designs here are mine and I hope they make you smile. Many of my ideas for LED lighting are considered to be too far “out there” to be mass produced or sold commercially so I’ve built a home for them here. Some of the parts used to make these lights might come from repurposed, experimental, upcycled, used, or trial components. Minor surface blemishes and variations are not uncommon. I'll describe all of this in the item description and I'll never send you anything that is actually damaged, truly hideous, or likely to be unreliable. Convo me if you're interested in any of the lights, I can tell you all about them.

UL recognized components are used whenever possible, but the lamps are all handmade and therefore not listed by any NRTL. Low voltage is used to power all of these lights and the power supplies are generally “Class 2”. Heat sinks should never get too hot to touch safely. They are all designed to be used in dry locations and lights with black anodized heat sinks are not designed to be turned on for long periods of time while in direct sunlight.

About the earrings: I'm phasing these out so if you see something you like, buy it before somebody else does. When you're buying earrings, shipping only costs money for the first pair. Yes, this is a clever attempt to get you to purchase more than one pair. :)

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
Payment
I accept PayPal, currency is US Dollars. Payment must be made within 3 days. Unless otherwise stated, item will be shipped within one week after payment is received. I may have to make the item, I may be out of packing material, the night light made of LEGO® bricks needs to be glued together in several steps, etc. I really want to ship things instantly but sometimes it takes 2 or 3 days.

You do not need a PayPal Account to pay for your items through PayPal. You can choose the PayPal option during checkout, after you submit your order click the "Pay Now" button. Scroll Down and you will see an option to pay with a Credit/Debit Card without having to sign up for a PayPal account.

I am no longer accepting US Postal Money Orders after bad experiences. I never accepted money orders from banks.

Everything is shipped from Maine. I am required to collect taxes for anything shipped to a Maine address but I don't collect taxes for any other state. If you're in Maine and you want to use a resale certificate, convo me.
Shipping
If your Etsy and PayPal address differ, please leave a “message to seller” note during checkout. I receive email from both Etsy and PayPal, so I'll ship the item to whatever address I see first. If your address situation is complicated, convo me. I can ship almost anywhere in the world but convo me for a quote. I am not responsible for any customs fees or packages that become missing or stolen.

International (outside the US) shipments will always be labelled with the correct value of the shipment. You need to be aware of your country's taxes, customs/import fees or tariffs that may be assessed on your purchase. You may be responsible in paying fees and customs duties when your order arrives to your destination. I am not responsible for such fees. If you want insurance, it will be extra and I will need to get a quote.

For 3D printed objects: I'm using USPS without tracking numbers, convo me if you want something else. These items are fairly impact resistant and I've never heard of one that was damaged in shipment.

For lights: I can ship via USPS, UPS or FedEx. I'll provide tracking numbers and will require signatures on anything over $100. Convo me if you have a preference. I will ship within 5 days. This varies based on what you buy and what else is happening in my hectic life, so I'm saying 5 days just to be safe. Lights that plug into an electrical outlet use a US-style plug. In almost all cases, a simple adapter will be okay because the power supplies that I use almost always accept "universal" input. Convo me if you're not sure about compatibility.

For earrings: I'm using USPS without tracking numbers, convo me if you want something else. Earrings are packed in a ziploc bag which is put in cardboard box with clean but reused kraft paper for padding. This seems to be the best compromise of strong, cheap, and recyclable or reusable. There is no additional shipping charge if you buy multiple pairs of earrings because if only costs a few cents for me to add additional earrings to a box.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be fully satisfied with your purchase. If you are not satisfied, please return your purchase within one week of receipt.

3D printed items: If the item arrives broken, please send me a picture on the day you receive it. Items are generally impact resistant but not unbreakable. I try to provide reasonably accurate measurements on the size of an object so that you'll know what you're getting before you buy it.

Lights: I personally test all lights before shipment and they leave here in working order. Customer is responsible for packing the returned item safely and paying for the return shipment. You’ll want to get a tracking number and ask for a signature so nothing gets lost.

Earrings: LEGO® pieces are usually not glued together. This enables you to customize them. If they come apart during shipment, just put them back together. Please do not wear the earrings if you plan on returning them. Customer is responsible for packing the returned item safely and paying for the return shipment. You’ll want to get a tracking number and ask for a signature so nothing gets lost.
Additional policies and FAQs
Pictures of items are just approximations but I’ll try to use pictures which are as accurate as possible. LED colors are not always recorded accurately by digital cameras and your monitor settings can change things as well. Unless otherwise stated, I use white LEDs, or deep blue LEDs with a remote phosphor material. In any case, by default my lights produce white light at 2700-3000K and this is frequently called “warm white”. Color LEDs generally produce color light with a narrow bandwidth. This makes the colors rich and intense, but LED colors tend to display incorrectly in color photographs and are likely to look much better in real life.

Most 3D printed items are made from PLA, a plastic derived from plant starch. It will soften at relatively low temperatures and is not dishwasher safe. For details on PLA or 3D printed items, convo me or refer to your favorite search engine.

The primary material used to make the lights is recyclable aluminum. I design the shapes myself using CAD software and then let a CNC machine do the actual cutting. It's better looking and cleaner that way. A minimal amount of solder containing lead may be used in LED light fixtures where wires are hand soldered. For those in Europe, this small amount of solder is not RoHS compliant unless we make other arrangements. All LED luminaires, lights, and sculptures are meant to be used in dry locations only. These lights are designed to work with 110 volt 60hz, AC current as found in the United States. In many cases, the AC adapter can support 220 volts but please ask if you have any questions.

All Images and Designs © 2011-2016 by Don Winterhalter. All Rights Reserved