The company has been in business since 1996, but Jerry Sandberg, its founder, has been producing and supplying Dichroic glass to the art community for well over 25 years.
Dichroic glass is produced by stacking layers of glass and micro layers of Quartz Crystal and Metal Oxides (which are vaporized in a vacuum chamber and then applied to the surface of glass in multiple layers) to create decorative glass with shifting color structures.
Subsequently, question is, how do you make dichroic glass? When making dichroic glass jewelry, the type of metallic oxides, order applied and number of layers used will determine the final look of the glass. Once the coating process is completed, the whole coated piece is fired in a kiln at high temperatures to fuse the oxides to the glass.
Likewise, people ask, is dichroic glass expensive?
Dichroic glass is expensive. A small bag of scrap pieces is over $60. But you don’t need much. In fact, too much dichroic can overpower a design.
What color is dichroic glass?
In ancient dichroic glass, as seen in the most famous piece, the 4th-century Lycurgus cup in the British Museum, the glass has a green color when lit from in front in reflected light, and another, purple-ish red, when lit from inside or behind the cup so that the light passes through the glass.
How is glass jewelry made?
Most of it is made by applying heat to glass rods or pieces so they fuse together. From there, artists can make glass beads, pendants, glass earrings and glass rings. Many glass-jewelry makers take their glass pieces and mount them with silver or gold bezels to make these glass “gems” the centerpiece of their jewelry.
How do you irrigate glass?
How To Iridize Glass Fill an airbrush bottle about 2/3 full with rubbing alcohol. Add 1 drop dishwashing liquid. Add enough mica powder to make a good mix. (Not thick but still have good color.) Use an airbrush on a light setting. Spray several light coats. Allow it to dry and fire your glass in the kiln.
What is fused glass art?
Fused glass is one of them. The basic idea behind fused glass is that art objects can be created by melting glass in a kiln. Unlike stained glass, fused glass has no “lead lines”. Dimensional (non-flat) pieces can be created without having cut and assemble hundreds of smaller pieces.
What is Iridized glass?
Iridized glass is “normal” glass that has a thin, metallic coating on one surface. The most common iridized coating colors for fusible glass are gold, silver, and rainbow.
How do you make dichroic glass cabochons?
Method 1 Making Dichroic Fused Glass Cabochons Place the shelf paper on the kiln shelf. Set the temperature on the kiln. Allow the temperature to slowly drop to 978°F (525°C). Use a saw to trim irregular edges. Take the pieces you cut, smooth the edge, and fire polish.
How do you price fused glass art?
My simple formula for pricing fused glass is $12 pound plus $25 hour to arrive at a wholesale price. With small production items, I figure the total weight and the total hours over several days, then divide by the number of pieces to arrive at a per pin/magnet cost.
How do dichroic mirrors work?
A dichroic mirror allows light of a certain wavelength to pass through, while light of other wavelengths is reflected. The emitted light has an appropriate wavelength and is able to pass. Excitation light that is reflected by the specimen is not able to pass through the dichroic mirror and will be blocked.
What is dichroic extract?
Now you can put the eye-catching sparkle of dichroic exactly where you want it. Dichroic Extract is a powder form of pure dichroic coating. When mixed with water, Glastac glue or Liquid Stringer it can be painted onto glass to create a piece that is truly unique to you.
Is fused glass Food Safe?
The official answer from the glass manufacturers is, All tested compatible glasses have been tested by the FDA for food bearing surfaces and were determined to be suitable. However, if you add other processes or compounds to the items, for example paint, stains, decals, glazes, etc.
How do you clean dichroic glass?
Mild soap and water will not harm your glass. I use Dawn dish washing to help cut any grease build up from glass. Use a clean cloth free of any food or dirt to prevent scratches during the washing. Also do a thorough drying of the glass after washing to avoid hard water spots on the glass.