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Fw: Dichroic glass


#1

Hi troops

this is puzzling - I sent this message, but only part came thru
so am resending. Hope it makes sense now. I’ve seen paint jobs
on cars which shimmer and a friend who has a paint & body shop
told me they use flecks of mica in the layers of paint to acheive
the opalescent effect - if you’ve seen one you know how they
shimmer - gorgeous (& very expensive) - am wondering if you can
use flecks of mica as they do in paints? (snip) Kenneth Gastineau
wrote: As I understand it, dichroic glass is made in a vacuum in
which metals are vaporized and deposited onto a glass surface.
When fused to other glass with this deposit layer sandwiched
between two layers of glass then a black opal like effect is
achieved.


#2

re: Flecks of mica in glass. Yes, you can do this. In beads, it
is commercially called Pixie dust, I believe. you could probably
add it to fused items also.

anne


#3

How compatible is mica with different glasses? I would have
guessed that it would shatter into a million pieces. this sounds
like it could be fun. I have lots of mica laying around or do I
have to use a commercial version?

AStick7910@aol.com wrote:


#4
 How compatible is mica with different glasses? I would have
guessed that it would shatter into a million pieces. this
sounds like it could be fun. I have lots of mica laying around
or do I have to use a commercial version?

Actually Mica is very heat resistant. I don’t do any real glass
work. But, when firing plique-a-jour enamel (enamel with no
backing) I use a sheet of mica to set the work on. It holds up in
the kiln way past the melting temp of glass. The only problem
that one might have using it in the matrix of the glass, is that
mica doesnt stick to the molten glass…might create some
neat… or ugly effects…it’s worth a try though…

Susan


#5
Flecks of mica in glass. Yes, you can do this. In beads, it is
commercially called Pixie dust, I believe. you could probably
add it to fused items also. anne

Yep, you can. A little is better than a lot, I’ve found.

Candy