Melanielynndesign

Laser Cut 3D Printed Jewelry Handmade & Designed in NY

New York, United States · 52 Sales

Melanielynndesign

Laser Cut 3D Printed Jewelry Handmade & Designed in NY

New York, United States 52 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
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Melanie Lynn Penn

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5 out of 5 stars
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Sierra Ruiz

Sierra Ruiz on Jul 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Item arrived promptly and was in excellent condition upon arrival even in our 100 degree heat! The seller even put a personal touch since it was a gift for a colleague. Thank you!!

mangobelly

mangobelly on Jun 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Melanie communicated with me really well to create this custom work for me. I first saw a related item on her instagram feed, and we discuss adapting it for a slightly different style of wear. The design process, color selection, printing, and shipping took exactly the right amount of time. The work is STUNNING! I highly recommend this shop, and I'm completely besotted with my new earrings!

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This necklace may be happily at home with its new owner (and her furbabe!) But you can still grab up the matching earrings ♡
Bringing some amazing bright ombres to some classic designs from my shop. Natural woods will still be available like the lovely lotuses tagged here. Keep an eye out over the next week ♡
Gorgeous carved lapis and intricate laser cut bamboo join together to create this beautiful pendant, completed with bronze findings and a leather cord.
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About

Whimsical artist creating her vision one laser cut piece at a time in her NY apartment.

Melanie Lynn Penn Design was founded in 2007 by jeweler and designer Melanie Penn. Melanie has a BFA in metals, but by the time her thesis show came around she was on the hunt for something new. She ended up taking herself down a road of alternative materials and exploring new making processes. During this time she was introduced to 3D printing, CAD modeling programs and a whole world outside of metal. Today she does all of her design processing from sketching to final product utilizing Rhino3D, Matrix and Illustrator. She is aided by an amazing 3D printing company and equally fabulous laser cutting company. For over a decade now Melanie has been exploring felts, non precious metals, rubbers, plastics and everything in between as well as how they relate to jewelry and the human body.


I hope you enjoy my work, and if you have any questions about how something was made, or what made me make it please reach out, I'd love to chat about it :)

I'm a shameless tech nerd and love learning about new making processes to continue pushing the boundaries of what is "hand made".

All jewelry is proudly made in NYC, in a smoke free, pet free environment with no manufacturing [i.e the 3D printing/laser cutting] EVER taking place outside of the USA.

Shop members

  • Melanie Lynn Penn

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a NYC based CAD designer with a background in metal smithing/bench jewelry. Tech nerd. Totally geeky. Seeker of all alternative materials you can make jewelry out of.

Production partners

  • Laser Cutting

    Oakland, CA

    I have been working with my laser cutter for almost a decade now. I upload illustrator files after doing my design work in Rhino3D and they use these lines to laser cut components for my work. I do not own or have space to own a laser cutter so they fill that production gap for me.

  • 3D printing!

    New York, NY

    I use this company to produce nylon and stainless steel 3D printed objects. I create 3D designs in Rhino3D and Matrix, upload an printer ready file and order the printed pieces. I do not have the space for multiple material 3D printers so they fill this production void for me.

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Last updated on Jun 11, 2017
Frequently asked questions

How are your Nylon 3D printed items made?

First all designs are thoughtfully created by myself using specialized CAD software, I personally favor Rhino and Matrix. Then these pieces are made in a 3D printer that takes a bed of nylon powder and layer by layer sinters it together with targeted lasers. The items are then either dyed or polished and sometimes I do some hand painting to embellish the surface. The surface of 3D printed nylon has a slightly grainy finish.

How are your Steel 3D printed items made?

First all designs are thoughtfully created by myself using specialized CAD software, I personally favor Rhino and Matrix. Then, special 3D printers deposit small drops of special glue between layers of fine steel powder. This continues layer by layer until the full model is built. This piece then undergoes a special infusion process where the glue is replaced by bronze and the model is now fully metal. [Reasons why I can't do this in my apartment ;-) ]

Custom and personalized orders

I will work with you to create the custom piece of your dreams. Along the way I will send you all applicable CAD images, renderings etc all with accompanying measurements. Once we agree on a final piece and you move to order, there are no cancellations, refunds or exchanges. Once I order the piece from either my printers or laser cutters the sale is final.

Can I get this in another shape/size/color?

Yes! I love custom orders and am happy to work with you to create the piece of your dreams. I can get most of my materials in a variety of other colors and finishes [or another material entirely!] to create exactly what you are looking for. Please message me for more information.

Wholesale availability

My laser cut and 3D printed designs are all available for wholesale. Please contact me with questions and inquiries. I only wholesale to registered businesses, I will need your tax ID for my accounting purposes. I do not do wholesale pricing for individuals placing large orders.

Why are these two pieces of wood different colors?

All of my laser cut bamboo is natural. This gives us the first set of uneven, beautiful variation. Then during the laser cutting process, the wood is burned and the extent of how dark the surrounding wood gets in the process varies from piece to piece, and throughout individual pieces. Left and right earrings while identical in design will not be identical in tone and shade of finishing. This is my favorite part of working with laser cut wood. I have no control of how this occurs and I think that's what makes it special.