Raw Topaz and Drift Wood Electro-formed Copper Necklace

Raw Topaz and Drift Wood Electro-formed Copper Necklace

$75.00

Unique driftwood stick found at Jordanelle Reservoir electro-formed with Raw Topaz into a beautiful handmade copper necklace.

Pendant 2.75″

Chain 27″

1 in stock

Walking along a trail at the Jordanelle Reservoir, I found an interesting little stick. I knew I had to electroform it into copper. But it didn't look quite finished. Luckily, I had gathered a piece of raw topaz from the Utah desert and it was just the thing to make this necklace pop. I added a bit of green patina to age the copper just around the gem to highlight the stone. Comes with a long, 27-inch length of matching, high-quality copper chain.

The electro-forming process takes several days to complete, starting with sealing the item in three coats of lacquer. A conductive paint is added, then the piece goes into a copper solution where electricity slowly encourages copper to plate onto the item over the course of many hours or days. When gems or other complexities are added, additional steps are taken. Once the item has partially plated, the gems are set in place with epoxy clay that hardens for 24 hours. More conductive paint is added and the piece goes back into the electro-forming solution for several more hours. Finally, a patina is added to mimic time wearing the copper, then highlights are polished out and the entire piece is sealed for protection.

The raw topaz is firmly planted in the pendant, but can shatter if dropped or hit directly. And although sealed, copper shouldn't be submersed in or exposed to water or harsh elements. If the copper rests against skin, skin can sometimes turn green when there is moisture present - this is normal and will go away once the copper is no longer present. Note that I haven't had this happen with necklaces myself, only rings since hands are much more moist. Copper can continue to patina, aging naturally over time. Treat your new statement necklace with care and it will become a lasting heirloom.

All purchases are sent in a sheer organza gift bag.

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Vendor Information

  • Store Name: Copper Soul Jewelry
  • Vendor: Whitney Waters
  • Address: Park City, UT 84098
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