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Dichroic Glass Jewellery

These items are made by fusing several layers of glass in the kiln with Dichroic Glass being the basis of the patterns and colours.

Dichroic Glass is very hard to photograph and the brilliance of these pieces is somewhat lost.  Wherever possible we have included close ups.

We are currently working on a new selection of pendnts, earrings and bracelets that will be  uploaded to this site soon.  Please check back.

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About Dichroic Glass

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About Dichroic Glass

Dichroic Glass  is formed by the deposition of vapourised quartz crystal and precious metal oxides on the surface of glass in a vacuum chamber, an expensive and complicated process.

This results in the formation of a thin crystal structure in layers coated to the glass surface. The coating that is created is very similar to a gemstone with different colours being produced by variation in the coating thickness and numbers of layers.

The main characteristic of Dichroic Glass is that it has a transmitted colour and a completely different reflective colour. Furthermore, these two colours shift depending on angle of view and light.

Although there are a number of manufacturers now, the process is quite complex and as such the glass is very expensive compared to normal art glass.  It is therefore mostly found being used in jewellery and as highlights on larger items.  Barbara has made a number of gallery pieces that contain small pieces of dichroic glass as highlights.