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Growing Metal: A Two Day Introduction To Electroforming (Day 1 of 2)

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Gem Cutters Workshop
Meadow Mill at Woodberry
3600 Clipper Mill Road, suite 116
Baltimore, MD  21211

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There is a $10 materials fee for this class, payable to the instructor at the start of the class. If you want to be on the WAITLIST for this class, please contact Jackie Orsini at
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There is a cancellation fee of $25.00. No refunds one week before class begins.
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Growing Metal:  A Two Day Introduction to Electroforming

Dates: June 2 and 3, 2018, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
Instructor: Visiting Artist Tracey Alfaro.


Electroforming is the process of growing metal on formed and organic materials.  The possibilities are staggering and lots of fun too.  In this class, students learn how to set up an electroforming system and use copper to enhance a wide variety of items.

The instructor, artist Tracey Alfaro, will cover the basic process of electroforming. Students will learn how to properly seal and electroform natural materials, such as acorns, twigs, and leaves, as well as synthetic materials such as polymer clay.  Students will also learn various techniques for adding interest to their electroforming by using micro beads, jeweler's wax and natural objects.

Students must bring several of their own beads or organic items for electroforming.  The beads should be larger than 1 inch in height or width.  The beads can be lentils, bicones, tabs or other sculpted shapes.  Organic items must be sealed, using either spray lacquer or clear nail polish.  Students will clean their pieces, add any embellishments, and paint with the copper conductive paint. Instructor will email instructions about preparing your materials for class. 

Some examples of electroforming around glass. Amazing!

Biography: Tracey Alfaro is an experienced jeweler and glass artist.  She has used electroforming to enhance her own work, and has taught the process to artists who work in a variety of media.


Tracey writes each month for the Artisan Jewelry Times Magazine, and in the February 2016 issue she was the featured artist.  She has also written for Glassline Magazine, and is the Manager of The Glass Resort, in Frederick, Maryland.  Alfaro is currently the President of the Frederick Hot Glass Society, and a member of the International Society of Glass Bead Makers.  

Tracey and her work can be found at, and on Facebook as Four Paws Glass