What is Electroforming?
So What Is This Copper Magic Exactly?
Copper electroforming may seem like magic, but it's really just a little bit of science.
Electroforming is an intricate process of using low voltage electricity to carry and deposit tiny microns of copper onto a desired conductive surface, whether it be an organic or inorganic material.
Each piece takes 24-48 hours from start to finish depending on how thick I want the copper to form onto the piece, and sometimes that time frame is much longer depending on how intricate the piece is.
Copper electroforming typically results in a textured, earthy, raw look which means no two pieces are the same and each one comes out with its own unique characteristics.
Above is a photo of my electroform tank in action.
Above is a wonderful infographic explaining the basics of electroforming created by Altarbeast Alchemy.
Woah - Copper Turned My Skin Green!
Don't be alarmed if your copper jewelry gives your skin a green tint. Copper is reactive to the acid in our sweat, so it doesn't happen to everyone. If you are reactive to copper (this does not mean you have a copper allergy), all you need to do to get your skin back to normal is wash with soap and water. Greening skin is also a good sign that your body is too acidic.
All my pieces are sealed with a jewelry specific clear protective coating to prevent tarnish and oxidation, but there's not a sealant on the market that lasts forever.
If you have issues with a green tint on your finger after the protective coating wears off, you can reseal it with a layer of clear nail polish. For all my pieces that are not given an antiqued (darkened) patina, I do send out a free polishing cloth included in your order to keep your piece looking shiny and new!
If you want to know how to care for your copper jewelry, click HERE.