Electroforming uses the same principles and chemicals as electroplating, however, it is usually done involving non-metal substrates; plastics, clays, silicones, organic materials. A metal, most commonly copper, is deposited onto a material immersed in an electrolyte through the use of a conductive paint and an electric current.
It is a simple and straight forward process with a few quirks to watch out for. The basic steps involved are: 1. Sealing, 2. Painting, 3. Electroforming, 4. Colouring (patina or other metals) and 5. Sealing.
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