Catalysisjewelry

Copper Electroformed Jewelry Inspired by Nature

Toledo, Ohio · 222 Sales

Catalysisjewelry

Copper Electroformed Jewelry Inspired by Nature

Toledo, Ohio 222 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(39)

Announcement   Welcome!
The jewelry you see here has not been cast from a mold but has a thin coat of copper over an original object from nature, making each piece unique.
Many of the cones, leaves, bark, and flowers are collected by me as I walk through the neighborhood or other nature areas here in Ohio. Some of the objects are purchased online from other nature enthusiasts through ecofriendly and sustainable sources. (Please visit F.A.Q. below to read more about where our insects come from if you have ethical concerns.)
To learn more about the process and to see what piece I am working on next follow me online at:
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Last updated on Apr 9, 2018

Welcome!
The jewelry you see here has not been cast from a mold but has a thin coat of copper over an original object from nature, making each piece unique.
Many of the cones, leaves, bark, and flowers are collected by me as I walk through the neighborhood or other nature areas here in Ohio. Some of the objects are purchased online from other nature enthusiasts through ecofriendly and sustainable sources. (Please visit F.A.Q. below to read more about where our insects come from if you have ethical concerns.)
To learn more about the process and to see what piece I am working on next follow me online at:
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/catalysisjewelry
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/catalysisjewelry

Amanda Grosjean

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5 out of 5 stars
(39)
Codie D

Codie D on Jun 6, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

The pictures shown do not do this beetle pendant Justice. It’s gorgeous and I’ve gotten so many compliments. It is big but it’s very light. I hope to order more in the future. Beautiful designs.

lilamy789

lilamy789 on May 30, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Recipient loved this unique necklace. Thanks for the custom chain length!

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About

Artist Statement and Process

Artists seek to capture the ephemerality of nature, to pause and reflect upon the world around us and share our findings with others. In the medium of electroforming, we do so in a very literal manner. Beautiful specimens in nature that would have been passed by are collected, lovingly considered for their shape and being, and are revered when they would have naturally faded away into dust and decay. This jewelry creates a little monument as each object is coated in copper, a warm, beautiful element that changes color as it reacts to its environment. Time is frozen in a sense and allows the wearer to carry a little bit of nature wherever they go.

Some pieces, such as a single leaf or cone, are simple statements, a lovely fragment of nature to be admired for its structure and detail. Others created by Catalysis Jewelry are assembled, combining elements to tell a story. They are sure to catch the eye - for each is as unique as the element of nature that lay inside its copper walls. It is an opportunity to wear your conversation piece.


Electroforming Process

The electroforming process begins by sealing the botanical item, be it a feather, flower, or cone, with two coats of varnish. The piece (referred to as a cathode) is then coated twice with a copper conductive paint and suspended by wire into a bath of electroplating solution. Several metal baskets containing solid copper balls (referred to as an anode) are lowered into the electrolyte bath. The anode and cathode are wired to an electrical power source (a rectifier). Through careful monitoring of the amps and volts, the electrical current moves ions of copper towards the negatively charged object and coats it evenly over a matter of hours.

Electroforming objects from nature can be very challenging due to potential organic contamination of the chemical bath, throwing off its delicate balance. The anodes are cleaned frequently and the electrolyte bath is run through a series of filters. An air bubbler is employed to increase agitation. Each piece goes through several coatings of copper after a series of procedures including drying out the botanical object inside and adding bails, rings, or other hardware. Some pieces require subtle reinforcement for strength. Following the final copper coating the piece is grinded and sanded. After polishing or applying a patina the piece goes through a varnishing process that takes several days to cure.

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  • Amanda Grosjean

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Amanda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003 from the University of Toledo. In addition to jewelry she is also an avid painter. Her full portfolio can be viewed at amandagrosjean.com. Amanda currently resides in Toledo, Ohio.

  • Normie (Russian Tortoise)

    Assistant, Freeloader, Occasional Model

    Favorite Foods: Dandelions and Radicchio. Favorite Activities: Stomping around, digging, napping, and begging for food.

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Last updated on May 22, 2018
Frequently asked questions

My chain length was ordered a little too short, can it be exchanged?

Absolutely! Please contact me and we will figure out a size that works better for you.

My necklace is a little longer than I anticipated, can I shorten it myself?

Certainly. It is pretty easy with a few basic tools. An instructional video is located in my 'About' section that will help you. If you are not feeling confident in this task the necklace can be sent back to me and I can adjust it for you but please note that you will have to pay for shipping both ways.

Can you make an adjustable chain?

Yes. The cost will be a dollar per inch. Contact me for a custom order.

I have an ethical concern with the concept that these insects may have been harmed/killed prematurely in the process of making this jewelry.

Many of these insects are collected after death. For example, here are a plethora of cicadas in the area over the summer that are collected after their natural cycle. The rest of the bugs are carefully sourced from insect farms overseas. These farms are absolutely vital to the proliferation of these species and the plants and flowers that are supported by them. Not only does the environment benefit but families and the local economy does as well. I can understand that this might be uncomfortable to some. I, personally, see it as a celebration of their lives and an exploration of the beauty of nature. I appreciate your concern and assure you it is not a concept that I have not taken lightly. http://www.insectnet.com/articles/killing.htm

I am interested in a sized/longer chain but I am unsure of what to order.

I would recommend cutting a piece of string to the specific lengths you are considering and holding them up to your neck. This will give you a rough idea where the pendant will fall. It is tough to give a recommendation because personal preferences vary significantly. Also, each neck is a different thickness and chest lengths vary per person.