Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions such as:

  • How often do you change the bath?
  • Am I able to electroform with metals other than copper? Specifically gold or silver? Or would it be better to gold/silver plate over a copper electroformed piece?
  • Since I'm just starting out should I invest in a 5-amp rectifier or get a 3-amp one?
  • I am getting a kind of putty-ish salmon color. What's wrong?
  • What would you recommend sealing opals with?
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How To Organize Your Digital Files For Your Handmade Business

How To Organize Your Digital Files For Your Handmade Business

Spring cleaning season is upon us and I'm feeling the need to get organized! We all know how to organize our homes, our offices, linen closets, kitchens, etc. There are a plethora of videos, blogs and books online teaching you how to get more organized in your life. But what you don't see often is how to organize your digital life. I don't think there's a KonMari method of how to organize your product photos on your computer (actually, I wouldn't know because I haven't read the book, but it wouldn't surprise me if she did. If you know, tell me in the comments below!).

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Your Customers Don't Care About You

Your Customers Don't Care About You

So, how are we going to write our story in a way that makes people want to care? You start out about how your story is going to impact your customer. I'm talking about your About page. I've put in many hours learning about human psychology and how I can write my About page in a way that makes my customers care and want to keep reading.

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How to get Texture on your Copper Electroformed Jewelry

How to get Texture on your Copper Electroformed Jewelry

Trying to repeat a fun texture you accidentally achieved through copper electroforming can be quite frustrating. We don't want to leave it up to our power supply to decide whether we get that cool texture or not. So I'm going to show you a way I've been able to achieve that texture.

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Sealing Everything from Stones to Bones to Protect Them While Electroforming

Sealing Everything from Stones to Bones to Protect Them While Electroforming

I get asked a lot about what stones, fossils, bones and shells need to be sealed with a protective coating before putting it into the copper electroforming bath. Also, what is the best way to seal these things so they don't get etched, dissolve or contaminate our bath?

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The Branding Series || Logos

The Branding Series || Logos

So, today's lesson will be creating our logos. It depends on your graphic design know-how and how elaborate or simple you can go, or want to go. Since this is a DIY series I'm going to walk you through how I created my logo for my jewelry business, which is a bit more elaborate, and also my plans for my Maker Monologues logo.

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How To Get An Accurate Size Reading On Electroformed Rings

How To Get An Accurate Size Reading On Electroformed Rings

One of my biggest issues when I started electroforming was trying to find out the true size of my ring. Often, the epoxy would create a lump on the inside of the ring behind the stone leaving huge gaps when I put the ring on my ring mandrel to find out the size.

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The Branding Series || Patterns + Textures

The Branding Series || Patterns + Textures

You might be thinking "what does texture and pattern have to do with branding? We're not picking out a sofa here." Like choosing graphic elements it's an optional choice. But before you decide to not choose these things let's take a look at some brands that I think are excelling in this department.

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What Are These Blue Crystals At The Bottom Of My Bath?

What Are These Blue Crystals At The Bottom Of My Bath?

Copper electroforming solution is made with a blue crystal called copper sulfate, among other ingredients such as sulfuric acid and brightener if you use the Midas Bright from Rio Grande. As you use your solution the other ingredients start to dry up when you don't replenish your solution with distilled water.

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3 Easy Patina Finishes For Your Copper Jewelry

3 Easy Patina Finishes For Your Copper Jewelry

Giving your jewelry a nice end finish can make or break the look of a piece. Sometimes a nice patina can bring out the texture, especially in an electroformed piece. Other times all you need is a nice high polish to really let that copper color come out.

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The Branding Series | Fonts

The Branding Series | Fonts

Welcome to the world of fonts! Having Creative Market in my toolbox throughout The Branding Series is a life savor. I'm certain they'll have the perfect font for your business. Pairing the right fonts can make your branding eligible and professional, but choosing the wrong font can make your brand seem confusing and a strain to read.

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