G.S.P Belle Fleur Copper Electroforming Kit for Jewellery and Crafting
Following the trend for copper jewellery which incorporates natural elements, we have created the G.S.P Belle Fleur Kit, which enables jewellers, crafters and home hobbyists to electroform small non-conductive elements onto jewellery pieces. Popular choices for electroforming in copper include leaves, stones, twigs, hand-made objects and crystals, to create unique jewellery with a distinctive bohemian twist.
A range of small nature-inspired ornaments and crafting projects can also be created with the kit. Electroformed pieces can be left to oxidise or can be treated with a patina for a rustic, earthy aesthetic, or can be lacquered for a fresh copper look. Please see the accompanying photograph of a plated seashell for a comparison of the finishes that can be achieved.
This kit is a fantastic addition to any jewellery workshop and is a perfect gift for the creative crafter in your life!
Full instructions are included.
Please note: Liver of Sulphur (for patinas) is not included.
This item is a special made-to-order product, please allow a minimum of 9-12 working days for dispatch.
This kit contains:
G.S.P 5A Plating Machine
1L G.S.P Electroforming Copper
10ml Copper Brightener Part A
10ml Copper Brightener Part B
60ml Water Based Graphite Paint
60ml Polyurethane Lacquer
100ml Liquid Latex
29ml E6000 Glue
1L Plating Jug
2 x Copper Anode Coil
1 x reel of Copper Hanging Wire
2 x paintbrushes
3 x clamps
1 x Wooden Hanging Bar
Jump rings 3.5mm
1 x Funnel (size may vary)
5 x Filters
1 x Pair Disposable Vinyl Safety Gloves
1 x Wire Wool
Overview of use
Full instructions are included with this kit.
Here is a brief overview of the electroforming in copper process:
Step 1. Assemble your jewellery creation using the provided glue to hold the non-conductive elements in place.
Step 2. If working with an element that you wish to remain visible (such as a stone or crystal), apply liquid latex to the top of the stone before painting the area that you wish to turn copper. If working with an item that you wish to be completely encased in copper, skip this step, and move to step 3.
Step 3. Paint the item in graphite paint. If you have secured a stone, brush the graphite paint in all places that you require solid copper to form so that the stone is held in place. Allow paint to dry.
Step 4. Lower the piece of jewellery into the G.S.P Electroforming Copper and set your plating machine to the correct setting. The jewellery will remain in the solution for 12-24 hours and will require periodic checking.
Step 5. Remove item from the solution, dry the surface and continue to apply either a patina or a lacquer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the kit easy to use?
The electroforming process is very easy, all that you need to know is an accurate surface area size for the item you wish to electroform. Surface area calculators can found online via internet search engines. Full instructions are included with this kit.
Will this harm my jewellery?
No, there are lacquers and latex included in the kit that fully protect any vulnerable materials whilst in the electroforming solution.
Which different copper finishes can I achieve with the kit?
This electroforming kit is aimed at producing 2 styles of copper plating.
Firstly, a rich, antique-style copper finish can be achieved by allowing freshly electroformed items to oxidise. Oxidisation will happen to copper naturally over time if not prevented by the use of lacquer, and will result in an aged appearance that is a popular style with boho jewellery. Alternatively, a patina (not supplied) can be applied to create the same effect in a quicker period of time.
Plating in this style will result in unique features and slight variations on each piece, meaning that your customers will own something that is one of a kind.
Alternatively, if you would like to achieve a brighter and fresher copper aesthetic, pieces should be lacquered straight after plating - this seals the pieces and prevents oxidisation from happening.
Please see the product page image of a seashell for a comparison of the finishes that can be achieved.
Can large objects be electroformed with this kit?
No, this kit is designed specifically for electroforming small objects to be incorporated into jewellery or as small ornamental pieces. Common uses include electroformed elements for rings, bracelets or pendants e.g. copper plated leaves which are worn on a chain as a necklace.
If you have a specific object that you would like to copper plate and would like to clarify whether the dimensions are suitable, please get in touch for advice.
For electroforming larger objects in copper or precious metal finishes, please see our G.S.P Prodigy Range.
Does this kit pose any health risks?
The electroforming solution included is acidic and should be handled with care. Always read and understand the chemical label / labelling on all included products before use and consult the supplied Safety Data Sheets for details on how to stay safe. Safety gloves and goggles must be worn. Always keep any chemicals away from children and animals and take due care and attention when handling them. This kit should be used by adults of 18 years and above only.
Name of kit:
G.S.P Belle Fleur Copper Electroforming Kit
Which plating machine is supplied in this kit?
G.S.P 5A Plating Machine
Please note that this machine comes with a UK plug - to use in the US or other countries, all that is required is a plug converter - this will convert a UK 3 pin plug into a standard 2 pin mains plug. These are inexpensive and available in hardware stores / online. Your converter does NOT need to be a step up/step down adapter, just a regular converter that can be purchased, to take the US as an example, for around $8.
What is the maximum amp output of the supplied plating machine?
Does this kit come with the G.S.P 5 Point Support Package?
This kit is not suitable for general electroforming, it is specifically designed for bespoke jewellery.
This kit contains chemicals which are classed as hazardous, always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensure that you read and follow the supplied Safety Data Sheets for each chemical for details on how to stay safe.