A few weeks ago I started looking into the process of electroforming, I did a lot of research and loved the results that it gave people. However, after looking into what I would need to buy etc I was quite surprised. I didn't understand what any of the chemicals were, the best way to set it up, how successful the outcomes would be or even what an anode was... Then it all changed...
I took the risk and ordered a kit, there are so many out there; varying so much in price too. The one I purchased was from: http://gaterosplating.co.uk/Electroforming-Products.php . It seemed to be a great price compared to others that I have come across so thought i'd just do it and have a go; with the intention of making items to both sell to help fund my studies and also pieces of work to submit throughout projects at University.
This is what the kit looks like on their website...
When you saw that you probably thought the same thing as me: 'what the ...'
But all isn't as daunting as it may seem, I soon managed to set the kit up (after thoroughly reading all instructions and safety procedures). This is what it looked like:
So, I am no where near a professional 'Electroformer', but everything was set up as per the diagrams I was given.
If i'm going to be honest, I didn't really have high hopes that the first 10 goes were going to be successful, let alone the first go.
As stupid as it sounds, I create some of the tiniest and most delicate pieces of work yet most of the time I am one of the most impatient people ever! - I had to try and stop myself from checking in on it every 5 seconds. Admittedly, I had a few sneaky looks but soon got caught up doing something else. A few hours past, I pulled them from the solution and this is what I was left with:
I couldn't have been happier. I was, and still am, so proud that this technique worked- the first time too! I will spend a lot of time playing around the get pieces exactly how I want them but for a first attempt, I think I did pretty well.
So to answer my question, 'Is electroforming for me?', I'd say as long as you have the time, patience, and suitable space to carry the procedure out safely, then electroforming is most definatlely for you.
The possibilities with it really are endless, I can't wait to try it again
As I said, please make sure to follow all safety procedures and read the instructions THOROUGHLY.
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