A real leaf is pressed flat and dried. Once dried, the leafs 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. This electroforming process is explained by Lisa Kan of http://www.lisakan.com/Catalog/MetalLeaves/Aspen.htm
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