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by Leslie Curtis

Electroforming is a technique used by jewellery makers as well as ceramicists and glass artists. It allows the manufacture of delicate and/or irregular shapes that would be difficult to achieve by other means, as well as repetition pieces (using moulds), which can also be difficult to make. For jewellery, electroforming means that relatively lightweight and delicate shapes can still be made rigid and strong, and that fastenings, etc., can be attached to difficult or irregular shapes. It also allows intricate details to be faithfully reproduced (coating a spider's web in gold to make jewellery, for example).

Download Electroforming (Jewellery Handbooks) epub
ISBN: 0713652969
ISBN13: 978-0713652963
Category: Home
Subcategory: Crafts & Hobbies
Author: Leslie Curtis
Language: English
Publisher: A&C Black Visual Arts (May 23, 2013)
Pages: 144 pages
ePUB size: 1926 kb
FB2 size: 1280 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 129
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This is a great resource for electroforming theory and practice. It is written for a British audience. The supplies and materials referenced use British tradenames and sources of supply. Complete newcomers to the subject of electrolytic forming may be better served by a more basic text, e.g. in electroplating. Acid copper (sulfuric acid) and acid silver (cyanide) solutions present serious impediments to casual or home use. This is a workshop or production studio manual of excellent quality with 2 pages devoted to health and safety - if you aren't comfortable with toxic chemical and acid procedures buy this book later, but do buy it.
This book is something of a teaser! I have a strong interest in electroforming, but I didn't feel as satisfied with the information presented. It seemed a bit lacking, at least from the point of view of a beginner.

Two issues: I have little genuine chemistry background. If you need something step by step and are not a chemistry whiz, you're likely to have a hard time following things. The other issue is that the book is from the UK, which doesn't quite matter beyond the fact that all measures, etc are [understandably] in metric. It adds difficulty when your sorry un-chemist self is trying to muck through both technical talk AND unit conversions.

Overall, I don't take much issue with the information presented. It's interesting and helps you to understand the process and how much equipment can be required. Since I lack in solid chemistry and liquid metric skills though, this is one of those books that I've read and put on the bookshelf. I don't find myself referring to it ever.

Anybody feel motivated to do a step by step US book on Electroforming? Maybe if I ever get the equipment together to try it, I'll write one.
Not great not what I expected????
Excellent book, well written, easy to understand.
This is an excellent updated text for the practical use of electroforming. Chemistry and complex interactions are explained using simple terminology. Advice for the setup and maintennance of bath and materials is quite thorough. If you are an artist looking to build and/or use electroforming, this is the book for you. If you are a metalsmith and educator this is a must-buy.
Electroforming is an area that isn't represented well in jewelry/metalsmithing books. I was interested in this book because it was devoted to the subject, but the image quality is poor and it could use some more inspiring examples.
Full of great information.