Sterling silver and fine silver jewelry are often mistaken for each other, and many are confused as to what the titles mean. So what separates the two?
Gold filled jewelry is a very popular alternative to solid gold jewelry. Even with it’s popularity most people aren't 100% sure of it's properties, or of the actual process of it's creation.
Electroforming (my mad scientist technique), in the simplest terms, is the intricate process of controlling chemically a metal deposit (copper, silver, gold) onto a conductive surface whether it be an organic or inorganic material. This process is similar to plating...but is done over a much longer period of time - and can be anywhere from 1 - 18 hours. Basically a thick “skin” of metal is built up into a rigid surface. I used this technique to make bezels, rings, pendants, and to enhance or improve some of my forged or crocheted wire components.
Copper is one of favorite metals to use in the construction of jewelry. It is beautiful, affordable, and perhaps the most versatile metal to make jewelry with. I use copper wire to crochet gemstone ropes, to forge clasps, to knit chains, and for electroforming.