Copper On, Copper Off
an electroforming adventure
by Vickie Hallmark
About the Book
Based on her popular on-line tutorial, Vickie Hallmark presents an authoritative manual for copper electroforming onto glass beads. Topics covered include theory, equipment, design, and operation, as well as troubleshooting and sources. Illustrated with dozens of one-of-a-kind electroformed lampwork beads, including her signature carved copper encasements.
Bridging many media, Vickie Hallmark pursues her artistic muses in whichever direction calls: metal, glass or fiber. This cross pollination of different ideas, coupled with her experimental nature as a research scientist, leads Hallmark to combine materials in novel ways. Metal over glass is a particular fascination, be it copper electroforming over lampworked beads, or silver metal clay formed around hand-painted enamel glass tiles. Over the last decade, Hallmark's work has been exhibited internationally in juried fine craft shows such as Craft Forms, Crafts National, and Materials: Hard & Soft. Chosen as a Glasscraft Emerging Artist in 2007, Hallmark has published images of her beads in The Flow, The Glass Bead (publication of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers), and Bead Release 3, an annual compendium of that year's best beads. Her work has also appeared in Metal Clay Artist Magazine, and has been included in both museum and private collections.