Well from various sources the following is consistently documented regarding Dichroic Glass.
Dichroic (pronounced dye-crow-ick) glass or dichro for short, is derived from Greek words ''di'' for two and ''chroma'' for color. Dichroic was named because when you look at it, dichroic glass appears to have more than one color simultaneously, especially when viewed at different angles.
Dichroic reflective property is known as thin-film physics similar to seeing rainbow in soap bubbles and colors in dragonfly wings. Dichroic glass is reflective due to a special coating treatment to the glass. Dichroic Glass is based on an adaptation of aerospace technology, specifically from NASA. Dichroic glass was originally developed in the early 1990s, for use in satellite mirrors and was also used for re-entry tiles on the space shuttles.
Dichroic glass does not use paints, dyes, or any other kind of coloring agent to create its color. Manufacturing dichroic glass involves intense process of vaporizing metallic oxides (magnesium or titanium) with an electro-gun. The process can require 15 to 45 different layers. Once the coating process is completed, the coated piece is kiln fired in a kiln to fuse the oxides to the glass.
Dichroic Glass is available in various colors, patterns and textures that the possibilities are endless. Dichroic has fantastic multi-colored and reflective properties giving whatever it is added to great depth, color, texture or all three. Dichroic can add fire or opal look to pendant, brooches, earrings, rings, hair accessories, home accents and much more. I've layered dichroic glass to give depth, hand etched Dichroic glass and created my own pattern dichroic glass so check out the various pieces of fused glass that includes this stunning glass called Dichroic.
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