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[Article] How to Add a Dichroic Effect to Your Enamels


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How to Add a Dichroic Effect to Your Enamels
by: Vickie Wilner

Dichroic glass is simply beautiful. Often referred to as “dichro” or
"dicro," the term refers to multiple ultra-thin microlayers of metal
oxides which are evaporated onto the surface of glass in a vacuum
chamber. These oxides change the way that light is transmitted and
reflected, so that as you turn the glass, the color changes. A
dichroic coating appears to have additional colors when you turn it
and view it from different angles. A piece of dichroic glass may
appear one color when you look at it straight on, but different
colors when viewed from the side or at an angle. The exciting news
is that glass is not the only material that can be coated with
dichroic material – paper can be coated with dichroic material as
well…

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