Intrigued by the idea of adding some metal zing to your glass work? Or maybe you've found just that intriguing something on the ground while hiking and wanted to preserve it in metal forever. Copper electroforming is a technique that can accomplish all of these things for you and more.
I'll be teaching my "Mad Science" electroforming workshop at the Sonoran Glass School in Tucson on November 18 & 19 this year. You can be a soft glass worker or a boro person and still take this class. You will learn how to use electricity and scrap copper to enhance your lampwork beads, pipes, or other glass or porous organic objects such as acorn caps and twigs. I will cover how to properly seal and electroform natural materials such as acorns, twigs, and leaves, as well as synthetic materials such as polymer clay and glass. I will also share techniques for making pendant-style beads off the end of the mandrel with beautiful electroformed bead caps. Students will bring several of their own beads or small sculptural pieces to class to be electroformed. For more information please visit the Sonoran Glass School website, and sign up.