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 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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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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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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Jewelry Tutorial: How To Make A Copper Electroformed Gemstone Open Ring

Jewelry Tutorial: How To Make A Copper Electroformed Gemstone Open Ring

Hey Makers! Today's jewelry tutorial is going to show you how copper electroform my ring style; the gemstone open ring. It's not much different from a single gemstone stacking ring so I'm not going to go too in depth but my skill and techniques have improved sine I originally wrote that tutorial so I wanted to create a more updated version. 

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