For years we have collected all kind of oddities from the beach. While our focus is on sea urchins we have accumulated a lot of other things like a nice amount of crab claws and bodies.
And starfishes. Both of these finds are fragile, so we never really used much of them.
We tried to cast them in resin but somehow resin never really worked out for us.
For ages we thought of electroforming and investigated the materials and method, we bought some tutorials about them and finally made the investment. As the electronics came for the US and the chemicals from the UK it took a while to get them.
The pieces first needed to be coated in several layers of lacquer and then in graphite paint which is an electric conductive paint.
And then each piece was electroformed one by one connecting both the anode and the piece to electricity, copper goes off the anode and attaches itself to the piece.
Even though you see that it gets a layer of copper pretty quickly, a nice solid layer can take a while, these all took around 30 hours each to make them suitable to wear.
And here finally after months of preps, the first electroformed pieces, we will also make silver ones soon!
I will be slowly listing them today in our StaroftheEast shop, and we'll continue to experiment with more beach found oddities :)