Introduction to Dichroic and Fused Glass

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You might have seen beautiful jewelry labeled bi-colors and wondering what that means? Dichroism comes from the meaning of two colors in Greece. Glass appears in different colors when viewed from different angles or with various levels of light. Basically, it means that Dichroic glass reflects one color when the light is reflected in the surface and transmits the second color when the light continues.

Dichroic Glass Today is a branch of space programs because it has been used in the face panel to filter out the unwanted light spectrum. Today's dichroic glass has many different applications of fine jewelry used by artists in the optical and security industry.

The process used to make etched Dichroic glass is very technical and called "thin-film physics". This is an expensive process where the glass was first cleaned to the molecular level and was then covered with thin films such as titanium, magnesium, zirconium, and others.

Elements are stored by vacuum in the glass. Up to thirty layers can be applied and the elements used to give different glass colors. The time needed on a vacuum ship can take two and a half to four hours, then the reason for the high cost of this unique glass.

Some believe that these glasses are made for NASA and are used for space exploration, but in reality, liquid glasses, also known as Dichroic art glass, are an ancient art form. Archaeologists have found two-colored glass items made during the Roman Empire.

This art was rediscovered for extraterrestrial use when the manufacturer found that it made an excellent layer for satellite mirrors. Technology is quickly taken over by artists who see the creative potential. The creator uses this liquid glass to make jewelry, glass beads, or even paper barrels from Dichroic glass.

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