Fused Glass Jewelry is created by layering bits and pieces of fusible glass on one another, either sporadically or in a specific design, then firing them in a kiln to specific temperatures for specific times. After the pieces have slowly cooled, shaping may be necessary, followed by a “polish” fire in the kiln.
Typically, a special glass called dichroic (pronounced die-kro-ik) glass is used in the fused creation. First invented by NASA, “dichro” contains several micro-layers of metals that create different colors and textures. After a firing, the dichroic glass reflects, refracts and transmits an array of different hues from the same piece of fused glass jewelry.
No two fused pieces of jewelry are alike as the glass behaves differently each time it is fired. Some controls can be applied, but hot glass really has a mind of its own and it is a surprise each time the kiln is opened. Each piece is truly a subtle, yet stunning, one-of-a-kind creation!
Whether a gift for someone or a treat for yourself, dichroic glass jewelry is a treasure that is addicting! Pictures don’t often do the fused dichroic glass pendants, earrings, rings and bracelets justice as dichroic is difficult to photograph. However, when worn, each fused dichroic piece displays a multi-faceted brilliance in the light with each movement.
Want to make your own dichroic jewelry? Fused glass classes happen in Winter Haven, Florida, at Four Purls Yarn Shop.
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