May 2017

Paperweight Class with David Graeber

So this past weekend I commuted to Expressive Glass in Buffalo to take a class on paperweights with David Graeber. I had a great time and learned lots, so I thought I would share a few pictures with you.

Electroformed Pendant

One of the newest techniques I have been playing with this year is electroforming or electroplating. That is a process where metal is deposited on a conductive surface using an electrical current in an electrolyte bath. 

It starts with my glass.



combined with copper, epoxy clay and microbeads for texture.

Next the non copper surfaces are painted with a conductive paint.


Into the blue electroforming solution below and connected to a battery.


12i-24 hours later I end up with a super shiny copper formed piece

Next comes the finishing and sealing and my piece is finished.



Tada!

Back at it Again

Well, if you're still with me, then you are probably aware that I am an erratic blogger at best. But, here I am!

What's new since last time I posted, you might ask? Let's start with my newest style of bead