There are stories floating around, no doubt apocryphal, of some glass worker who salvaged the original dichro from the space shuttles, and had it taken away from him, because its manufacture or perhaps even existance was top secret.
Nowadays, of course, you can send your glass item off to CBS to have it coated with the 20–40 metallic oxides that give dichroic glass its special quality: to reflect one color of light, while transmitting its complement—hence the name dichroic, or two-colored, glass.
I just luuurrves it. So here is a collection of pages about dichro—what kinds I use, what kinds of beads I make, even what failures I've had with the glitziest (and most expensive) glass I use.
Sample beads in blue with larger holes. Includes dichro solids, double hollows, and bubbles. Originally posted 12feb07. 12feb2007
Duplicate? Includes solid dichros , (small designer beads of a small dichro-on-black cylinder cased in clear), jacketed dichro , and big gaudy dichro focals. 04jan2027
My take on the big expensive gaudy bead . Updated with an unsuccessful new series from 2006 . 29nov2006
Collection of pages having to do with the small, designer clear-cased dichro solid beads —the only solid beads—I regularly make. 03dec2006
At this point, pages of dichro color strips used to make dichro solids. Really unfinished index, evidently.
These pages are references pix of the dichro I use , to help me recreate a bead, or figure out what name to call that blue-green I need more of... 24oct2006
reminder-to-self tutorial for making clear-cased solid dichros, since I keep forgetting the fine points. 09apr2006
My take on the big expensive gaudy bead . Bead release keeps breaking on me, and so, in attempting to overcome this, I've keep making more. I could just buy heavier duty bead release, but no...Lots of new pix, 17mar04. (Original version of the index page.) 22may2004
From dots to dichro . Guess I shoulda called that new subdirectory florals, instead of floral_vase. Well, I'm not changing it now...! 22may2004
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