About the Artist
My name is Amanda and I’m a single operator, working out of my apartment in Sioux Falls, SD. I randomly came across some electroformed jewelry online in early 2016 and fell head over heels with the organic style and the science of making it. I researched all I could on the process and thought it was so neat how anything could be plated with solid metal with just a bit of conductive paint and the correct power source (and a little bit of chemistry). By the fall of 2016 I had set up my own online store.
I’ve always been a “crafty” person who’d rather make than buy something mass produced, and I’ve always loved rocks and nature, so it was a fated match. Midwestern winters are long and the barrenness of everything can be tough to handle. Maybe that’s why I was so drawn to the idea of being able to immortalize anything, from leaves and flowers to delicate butterflies and moths.
Each piece I make is one of a kind, thanks to the nature of the copper. While most methods of making jewelry involve casting a metal, electroforming uses electricity and an electrolyte solution to pull copper ions onto an item. Each piece takes at least 24 hours to complete the forming process, and the results can often be surprising-because as I’ve learned, the copper does what it wants. I think it’s one of the funnest metals to work with for this reason.
Electroforming, the intricate process of fusing copper onto another medium where a low voltage charge is passed through the materials to create a relief that becomes a separate part in its own right, allows artists to create thicker copper structures layered over other materials like glass, wax, stone or any organic material.