Have you ever seen natural objects that look like they have been "dipped" in metal? Have a special non-metallic treasure that you want to make into a pendant without drilling a hole in it? You can use the same principles of electroforming to make your own unique pieces!
Step 1: Materials
1. Rectifier - I am using a 3 amp, which is more than sufficient for the copper electroforming that I am doing. You can purchase a rectifier, or you can create one yourself, but the important thing is to be able to fine tune the voltage and amps while working with your piece.
2. Positive and negative lead wires to attach to the rectifier and your work set up
3. Glass beaker or container deep enough to hold your piece
4. Copper electroforming solution - I bought mine from riogrande.com.
5. Copper conductive paint - I bought mine from Safer Solutions, and it can be thinned using distilled water (very handy)
6. Copper anode - I am using about 2 ft of 8 gauge solid copper wire from my local hardware store.
7. Copper wire - I am using 24 gauge copper wire from a local craft store
8. Distilled water
9. Rubber gloves
10. Eye protection
11. Small paint brush
12. Super glue and/or Jewelers glue - I prefer superglue
13. Metal jump rings to attach to your pendant
14. Brass brush - If your anode becomes dull, shine it back up with a brass brush!
15. Chopsticks to support your piece being held in the solution
16. Something to electroform! In this Instructable, I am using a geode slice
Optional or case sensitive:
- Clear Laquer - this would be used prior to painting your pieces if your piece is organic and may deteriorate in the copper electroforming solution, like leaves or flowers
- chains to finish your pendant