I have mentioned the wonders made by Midwest Alchemy in the past but that incredible Etsy store really deserves its own post. I am utterly amazed by the effect created by electroforming the metal around beautiful raw stones.
Midwest Alchemy helpfully describes electroforming for us on Etsy:
Electroforming, in the simplest terms, is the intricate process of controlling a metal deposit of copper and 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 2 – 12 hours. Basically a thick “skin” of metal is built up into a rigid surface – which in this case is the ring or pendant form. Various patinas and finishes are possible after the initial electroforming process is complete.
I love that electroforming manages to make the rings look like they were chipped from a crystallized rock. They look like natural items that happen to be suitable to be worn.
Here is a sampling of Midwest Alchemy. It was hard to pick just a few — each one is as amazing the next. While I am at it, allow me to add that I love copper. I love to see it used in jewelry.
Hey, Midwest Alchemy, I’m a native Ohioian! “Midwest Ohio” where? Just curious.