The Ultimate Guide to Copper Electroforming
What you'll learn
- At the end of the course, students will be able to apply what they have learnt to create amazing and unique pieces of copper electroformed art or jewellery.
- At the end of the course students will be able to easily troubleshoot problems; if problems arise they will be able to know the causes and the ways to fix them.
- At the end of the course, students will be able to set up and maintain an electroforming system of their own from scratch.
- At the end of the course, students will gain Mastery of electroforming!
- Students do not need to know any information of have any prior knowledge to electroforming before starting this course.
- Students do not need to have any pieces of equipment for electroforming, part of the course will cover the basics you need to setup an electroforming system.
Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Copper Electroforming. A beginners guides to electroforming with copper and getting the best results.
What is electroforming?
Electroforming is the covering of a non-conductive item with metal through the use on an electrolysis cell.
This is the sciencey bit - don't worry if it's too complicated, you will learn all about it during the course.
The scientific principle behind electroforming is the same as electroplating, the deposition of a metal layer on a base material, referred to as the work, using direct current through a solution called an electrolyte. Copper is the most commonly electroformed metal for enthusiasts and jewellery makers. This is due to the cost effectiveness of copper and the ease of electrodeposition. Copper has a high plating efficiency and a high throwing power, meaning small pits and scratches will be filled easily and levelled well. Copper metal is also inert in other plating solutions, making it ideal for the first electroformed layer. Copper also has a very high conductivity, both thermal and electrical. These properties coupled with its mechanical properties make it an excellent metal for a base layer.
What is the Ultimate Guide to Copper Electroforming?
This guide is a learn-anywhere video course where you learn how to electroform your own items to create unique art pieces or jewellery. This course is hand crafted to deliver all of the basic concepts of electroforming, the safety aspects, setting up an electroforming system, conductive paints, troublshooting and the whole process in an easy to follow format. It is designed with the complete beginner in mind, however, there are a huge number of tips and tricks for those who have already been electroforming for some time.
Clear, Easy to Understand Lessons
Crystal clear in fact. Learning electroforming and how to complete the process effectively means having information presented in a logical and coherent way. The course is modular by design, easy to grasp, and allows you to learn in a well paced, structured way. Engage in the course chronologically, then revise each module at your leisure.
What You'll Learn
Safety and the importance of being safe
The basic electroforming system and the items you will need
How to create your own electroforming system
The need for sealing objects before painting
The different types of conductive paint and when/how to use them
Current density, how it affects your items and how to orientate them in the tank
The important operating conditions of copper electrolyte
How to check items during electroforming
How to recognise, fix and prevent problems
Further processes that can be applied to electroformed items
Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?
To start with, the only thing you would need is a pen/pencil and paper (or the digital equivalent). I would recommend watching the course through once to absorb as much information as possible, then, buy some supplies and follow the course again. This time, follow each section step-by-step.
I can't wait to share electroforming with you!
Who this course is for:
- People who are interested in learning how to electroform at home, and how to do it safely and effectively by achieving repeatable results.
- This course if for beginners to electroforming. Some of the content will be useful for intermediate to advanced electroformers but the bulk of the content is presented in a way that makes it easier for complete beginners.
I would use these words to describe me (and in this order):
Husband, Artist, Company Director of Gateros Plating, Scientist, 3D Print Designer.
I started out working for the family company, Gateros, and then decided to attend the Open Uni where I achieved a BSc in Natural Sciences; with a focus on Quantum Mechanics and Electromagnetism. After this I worked as a design engineer for a 3D printing company before coming back to the family business to help develop it further.
Currently I run face to face electroforming and electroplating courses with my colleague and father, Dan, at our workshop in Lincolnshire.