The colour scheme for the geometry was developed together with the animation. Having matched the colours I proceeded to experiment with application.
The 3D printing technique creates layers of ABS plastic. It starts at the bottom and works upwards. A side affect of this process is that the object has very fine ridges. When moisture is applied the surface has a wicking effect.
I experimented with various methods of application and grounds to find a balance between finish and ease of application (there are fifty nine objects after all)
The stands were finished as the background. Consequently they are far more discreet.