The art of electroforming leaves - A real leaf is pressed flat and dried. Once dried, the leaf?s pulp is removed in a light acid bath, resulting in a fragile leaf skeleton. The leaf is dried once more and then hand painted with a copper based paint, which allows it to be electroformed. The leaf is next submerged in an electrolytic solution and with the magic of the positive/negative charges from electricity, over a 3 day period, metal deposits onto the copper based surface. If the leaf has fine veining then a filigree leaf will result. If a leaf has little veining then the electroformed surface will be solid. Prolong electroforming will also result in a more solid form. The final metallic leaf finish is dependent on the electrolytic solution used. Our leaves are electroformed 24kt gold, sterling silver or iridescent rose gold (combination of 24kt and copper). The extra time spent in the electroforming process insures the metal deposits are uniform.
A note about how the leaves are measured: the largest measurement, length or width, is used for pricing. Selection and stock will vary from time to time.
Mini less than 1"
Small 1" to 1.5"
Medium 1.5" to 2"
Large 2" to 2.5"
Extra-large 2.5" to 3"
Some leaves are more expensive to produce due to failure rates and will be reflected in the price, which may not fall under the measurement guidelines. Due to the fluctuating prices in the precious metal markets, prices are subject to change. As each leaf is slightly different, please be aware that there will be slight variations with each order.
Leaves should be cleaned carefully with a warm cloth and not with abrasives to maintain its longevity. Each leaf is unique and special, capturing a part of nature, resulting in a beautiful piece of wearable art. Sterling silver and iridescent rose gold leaves contain copper therefore will naturally patina over time. Clean the silver in a silver dipping solution. The iridescent rose gold will become less intense and more golden brown with age, just like copper.