Science Meets Nature
Here is a peek into the fun process of my electroplated/electroformed jewelry designs! I just love using leaves, acorns, seeds, crystals, pine cones, and other natural materials.
I have so many new ideas to integrate natural and sculptural elements together to create unique one of a kind pieces.
What is electroplating/electroforming?
Electroforming/plating is the electrochemical deposition of metal onto an object. An anode (copper) and a cathode (object) are immersed in an electrolytic bath that is composed of a solution of metal salts (Copper Sulphate [CuSO4]).
A direct current (DC) of electricity is passed through the solution via anode(+) and cathode(-), affecting the transfer of metal ions present in solution onto the cathode surface, building up over time and bonding the metal onto the object.
There is a semantic difference between electroforming and electroplating; both are chemically and procedurally the same from metal to metal, but where electroplating only deposits a very thin layer of metal onto the object, electroforming is intended to build a substantial amount of metal on the object, and in some cases even supplant the object all together, leaving a robust metal shell after the object is removed.
Electroforming is when a non metal object is formed over with metal.
Electroplating is when a metal object is plated over with metal. (for example, a copper electroformed leaf that was then plated over with silver)
If you have come to visit my husband and I at one of our shows,
you may have seen this electroforming process display, or even a live demo!
You can find it here: Electroforming Resources for Aspiring Artists
Photo gallery of the process
Here is a selection of my completed necklace designs that were made
by the electroplating/electroforming process:
See the entire Electroformed Real Nature Collection
Additional photos and video tutorials & more resources coming soon!
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