What is Electroforming?
Electroforming is the intricate process of fusing metal onto another object using a low voltage electrical charge. The chemical process involves coating an object in a conductive paint with copper particles then suspending it in an electrolytic solution comprised of copper sulfate and sulfuric acid. The electrical charge breaks down a positively charged copper anode and deposits it onto the piece, which is suspended from the negatively charged cathode. A layer of copper slowly forms over the piece. After many hours of moving copper ions onto the organic piece, it is removed from the bath and goes on to the polish, patina, and sealing processes.
Most pieces are kept bare and unsealed due to popular demand unless you request to have it sealed. Some electroformed pieces are coated with an acrylic sealant to preserve the copper’s antique color and to avoid "greening" of the skin. Copper naturally reacts with skin so don’t be alarmed if your jewelry turns your skin green; it is completely harmless and will wash off with soap and water. The layer of sealant will protect this from happening until the sealant wears off. You can make the coating last longer by protecting your jewelry from harsh elements. It is recommended to take it off before showering, swimming, applying lotions, or perfumes. I am able to reapply the sealant as needed by request, however coating your jewelry with clear nail polish will also suffice. If your jewelry begins to turn green, use a damp paper towel or cloth with a small amount of soap and gently rub off the green color. If you notice the sealant beginning to form clumps, gently remove them with the damp towel and then reapply a sealant (clear nail polish) if you wish to reseal it.
If the electroformed piece is left unsealed, with time it may naturally oxidize and become darker. If you would like to polish your electroformed piece back to its original color, you can use a polishing cloth. Alternatively, you can use a small amount of ketchup to polish it. Learn more about the use of ketchup or other household items for polishing your jewelry Here.