Cutting and grinding the glass is just the beginning…then comes the really fun part…designing the piece. There are as many ways to create a dichroic pendant as there are to create a beautiful painting from watercolor or acrylic paints. The combination of colors, textures and design are endless. And just when you think you know exactly what it will look like…firing it in the kiln always brings exciting new details to the piece.
From SCIENCE to ART…
Making dichroic glass truly is rocket science…
NASA originally developed dichroic glass for use in satellite mirrors and space shuttle re-entry tiles.
The reflective properties are known as thin-film physics. The same phenomenon that gives dragonfly wings their dramatic colors.
High temperature vacuum chambers, vaporizing electro-guns, and high temperature kilns are used to create multiple (15 to 45) ultra-thin layers of metals.