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Fun with acid and electricity

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Who says you can't have fun with acid and electricity?!?!?!?!? This is an aspen leaf the I pulled from one of my trees, I dried it and then electroformed it. It's a little bit of a process and takes not caring about your manicure -PMC is worse! After it was done I cleaned it up, polished it, drilled 2 holes in it and called it good after I added my wire work.

The process is fairly easy, start with a dried leaf, apply the varnish, paint with graphite paint. Once paint is dry wrap (loosely) with copper wire and put in the acid solution. Connect the electrodes and turn on the electricity. Once that's done clean it off and polish it.


dried and e-formed aspen leaf, leather, natural freshwater pearl, copper wire (18 & 20)

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  1. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Beautiful! You need to do a step by step on how to do this!

  2. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Ooooooh! There is a magic to pure, radiant copper. Love the shape of the leaf, and the pearl drops finish it off beautifully. All so well done. Yes, please describe the process and how you learned it. This is just awesome!

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I ditto what the others have said!! So outstanding!!

  4. kye
    kye says:

    Wow Khristin! You have definately been learning some wonderful new skills. This is fantastic to the max! So new and wonderful! The wirework and how you used the pearls is just perfection. I’m having trouble expressing just how exciting this new work is. I hope you get my drift :)

  5. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    Sorry I was having issues this morning with technology…… I just updated it with the correct and additional pictures as well as text :) Here is the link to the youtube video. Also you can google Sherri Haab, she has her own site.

  6. Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 says:

    This stunning–I love it!

  7. Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 says:

    Should have read–This IS stunning. I was so stunned I couldn’t type LOL

  8. C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie says:

    Wahoo. Look at you go! This is fantastic! Thanks for the link – I’ll have check out the link – I love this. Into my favourites for inspiration. You are developing so many fantastic new skills and I’m enjoying seeing the journey you’re taking. :)

  9. S KatollakaSue
    S KatollakaSue says:

    Lord, but this is beautiful! It just looks so pure. That’s the best word I can come up with at this moment. Love the contrast between the shiny and matte areas on the leaf – more texture that way. Also, the clasp system is outstanding. Definitely a fave!

  10. Asia
    Asia says:

    Gorgeous Khristin, you have been busy learning new skill, how do you find time to do so much. Thank you for the link :D

  11. No Photo
    Fresh Baked says:

    Awesome! Would love to see and hear more about your process!

  12. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Gorgeous, so simple yet outstandingly beautiful. Inspiring favorite!

  13. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    Wow! Thanks for all the great comments! I am planning to electroform some stuff tomorrow, so maybe I can takes pics and post the process. The link above shows the process too but it’s a bit looooooooong….

    I have a short attention span and I tend to get bored easily and quickly so I have to keep trying new things. I’ve always been drawn to metal work and find all the different types of it amazing. Don’t forsee casting in my future, too expensive and I have small kids. Not to mention a husband that doesn’t want and won’t share his garage! But said husband also is understanding and accepting of a messy house.

    Instead of housework everyday I “Mom” and design! That’s how I teach myself new stuff!

  14. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    You are one wild & crazy chick! I want to come watch! Your leaf is so beautiful. Sue said it-it looks so pure. Can’t wait to see more.

  15. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    Thanks guys! I can honestly say that I have learned, and continue to learn from everyone here. You guys always inspire me and make me want to do more. This forum is like a think tank! Thank you!

  16. pearlsandme aka Monica
    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Oh my —- !!! So glad I didn’t miss THIS!!! Never heard of the technique, get the general idea from your description, have to look at the link. Such an exciting technique!

  17. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    Working on another piece, thought I’d share a couple of pics about this process.

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  18. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I love the clasp, too! :)

  19. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Fabulous !!

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