For each technology I was responsible for creating a sample piece and a final piece, as well as a comprehensive final piece for the class that encompassed more than one of the processes we learned.
The lovely G below, is my sample for the electroforming process. Electroforming is a process by which you coat an object with metal particles, in this case I was essentially copper plating.
I started with a gem studded G that I made out of wax. I then coated the wax with a copper conductive paint, making sure to leave at least one small space for wax removal, and allowed it to dry completely. Once the paint was completely dry, I suspended the G into the plating bath for many hours.
When I finally removed the G from the plating bath, all of the wax was covered by a layer of bumpy copper. I placed the G into a pan of water and brought it to a boil coaxing the wax out of the now hollow copper G, and into the water. Using an annealing torch with with pan below, I gently heated the copper to melt off any remaining wax before putting it in the pickle.
Once the G was cleaned, I used enamels to add color to the G and to create differentiation in the gems.