Copper Electroforming – Designing and Creating with Conductive Materials – Online

Class Fee $295 CHF

Optional – Materials Kits: Prices vary (shipping within the U.S. included)

Schedule: Saturdays, Sept 14 – Sept 28, 2024

Students must have electroforming equipment.

Hosted by Zurich Glass School, Electroforming Using Conductive Materials focuses on construction using previously electroformed components. Our project may include electroformed flowers, leaves, insects, charms and non-reactive materials and embellishments such as cubic zirconia, glass gems, and beads. Creation of an arm cuff is used to illustrate techniques taught in this class. Participants are encouraged to utilize the cuff assembly which will be shown in class, however application of the techniques to their own designs are encouraged.

Students should be familiar with basic electroforming procedures.

 How the classes work: 

  • Classes will be held for 3 consecutive Saturdays starting September 14 using a Zoom Format
  • There will be an online Facebook group available where students will meet to show progress and creativity.
  • You will also be signed up to the ‘watch back’ facility on the class channel on the ZGS website.
  • Once class is over you have exclusive access to class demonstrations for six months.
  • Class includes two complimentary one on one consultations over zoom with Terry Henry for personal help with the projects.
  • You will receive written technical handouts.

*Equipment not included.

Material Kit #1  – $65

(shipping within the U.S. included)

 

  • Heavy Copper Bangle
  • Electroformed flowers (2)
  • Dichroic glass cabochons (3)
  • CZ’s: 5mm and 3mm
  • Victorian cherries on a limb brass charms
  • Glue

Materials Kit #2 – $45

(shipping within the U.S. included)

 

  • Heavy Copper Bangle
  • CZ’s: 5mm and 3mm
  • Victorian cherries on a limb brass charms
  • Glue

Cuff kit for small & medium wrist

Make sure you choose the correct size in your payment options. The price is the same regardless of size.

Cuff kit for medium & large wrist

In addition to their electroforming equipment students will need to provide the following additional items: :

  • 3mm micro beads – other sizes will be helpful too
  • Quality tweezers
  • 3-4, 5 1/2  to 6-inch hemostats
  • Frisket masking fluid
  • Plastic matt
  • Key card or plastic square for gluing
  • X-acto knife
  • Misc. hand tools, pliers, flush cutters, hammer, bench block (optional)
  • Soft Brass Brush
  • Sunshine Cloth or buffing wheel and white buffing compound
  • Fine point synthetic paint brush
  • Magnifying glass or readers
  • Any other gemstones, charms, or electroformed elements you might be interested in using
  • 2 ounces of Safer Solutions Conductive paint

 

Students should already have these items or the equivalent:

 

  • Distilled water or De-ionized Water
  • 1 foot of 12 gauge copper wire for S-hooks (big box hardware store)
  • Chopstick with skinny end or bamboo skewers
  • 2-3 Small containers – sushi dishes, jar lid, cottage cheese container lid…
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Funnel – dollar store

Electroforming Materials Kit

 

Rectifier (DC power unit 5 amp)
Conductive paint -2oz recommended size
Midas Bright Copper Electroforming Solution -Item Number: 335074
20-22 gauge sheet copper for Anodes
24 gauge copper spool for hanging project 200’
8 gauge copper wire for tank set up 12’
600ml Beaker-three beakers
Copper Tweezers
Soft Brass Brush
Paint brush-Synthetic bristles

The following pictured items are not included:

*Micro Glass Beads
*Copper Scrubbie
*Glass face bead

Electroforming kit may be purchased from Microtools

 

For participants with your own setup, check your paint to be sure it is not too thick.  It may be thinned with a bit of distilled water.

Conductive paint may be ordered online from Safer Solutions

Sheet copper and copper wire may be found at ACE hardware stores and numerous craft stores as well as ParaWire
Metal Sheets and Bare Wire.