Electroforming: Learn to plate just about anything with Rachel Shimpcock

Electroforming: Learn to plate just about anything

Instructor Bio: 
56 minutes

Join me, Alison Lee, your host at craftcast.com, along with jewelry artist Rachel Shimpock and learn how to get started with electroplating almost anything!

This is a cool technique that looks like a science experiment but with really interesting creative results.

Here is the principle behind the magic:

Electroforming is based on the fact that electrical current flows from the positive anode (donor copper) towards the negative cathode (object to be plated). When an electrical current is passed from the anode (+), through the electrolyte solution, the anode metal (+) slowly dissolves in the bath and becomes free metal that is attracted to the object that is to be plated (-).

But not to worry about the principle, because Rachel will show you exactly what you need to know to get started electroforming on your own. Ms. Shimpock will show you step-by-step how to set up your own electroforming station plus how to prep, pick and plate your pieces for great results. Rachel will work with copper as the main electroforming material but as a bonus will show how to make a pen plater that can plate silver and flat back on metal surfaces.

Get ready to feel a bit like “MacGyver” and learn this “science class” technique that will expand your creative skills and get your started on learning something really fun.

Don’t miss this special presentation!

The full recording and a PDF handout of resources and links is included.

No experience necessary. This is a great beginner class to get you started.

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Covered In This Class: 
  • Material used as the model
  • Type of material used to conduct electricity
  • Chemical properties and prep of the electrolyte bath
  • Adapating a power source
  • Maintaining the electrolyte bath
  • Different types of agitation source to circulate the solution
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Rubber Gloves and eye protection
  • Face mask/respirator
  • Sealant for porous objects
  • Conductive paint for non-conductives
  • Glass or plastic (heat &chemical resistant) container
  • Heat source
  • Copper wire coil (6-8g) or
  • 16g non-coated, non-insulated copper wire
  • Chopsticks
  • Electrolyte solution
  • Distilled water
  • Blue Tape
  • Power supply
  • Heat tolerant mason glass jar or beaker
  • Coil of 6-8g. Copper wire
  • “Agitator” - Inexpensive fish motor & tubing
  • Electrical tape
  • Soldering iron (optional)
  • Double ended alligator clips
  • Old Phone charger
  • 6 volt or “D” battery
  • Rubber Bands

Included in your purchase is the FULL recording of the entire LIVE class, plus a PDF with photos, notes and online resources.

Please note: the PDF is not a stand-alone instructional booklet.