Dichro,
Isn't space age technology wonderful?

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.

Enjoy.

20191030

A mouse went to Japan & came back home for repairs. 30oct2019

 
20180429

3 blue focals, made primarily for trades. page needs additional documenting 29apr2018

 
20180416

lotus raked dead mouse in orange and blue, with lapis and dichro fuse... 16apr2018

 
20191104

2017 purple floral dead mouse 04nov2019

 
20191107

dichro focal dead mouse 07nov2019

 
20191105

Bits'n'pieces make up a dead mouse. 05nov2019

 
20170920

green and pink bead curtain strand featuring Peggy Prielozny's beads. 20sep2017

 
20170919

new bead curtain strand in amber 19sep2017

 
20170626

golden green beadcurtain strand with fuming & dichro 26jun2017

 
20161010

Dead mouse featuring high silver bearing glass shards 10oct2016

 
20160122

Purple rosary. 22jan2016

 
20150111

Green and amber beadcurtain strand unites several legacy styles. 11jan2015

 
20140325

Purple and green plant hanger, a week long project. 25mar2014

 
20171118

green dichros, shown with source glass. Photographed 18jul2007. 18nov2017

 
20070212

Sample beads in blue with larger holes. Includes dichro solids, double hollows, and bubbles. Originally posted 12feb07. 12feb2007

 
20270104

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

 
20061201

Sample of green/magenta dichro solid with accompanying color strip. Oct 2006. 01dec2006

 
20061202

Sample of premium pink dichro solid with accompanying color strip. Oct 2006. 02dec2006

 
20061129

My take on the big expensive gaudy bead . Updated with an unsuccessful new series from 2006 . 29nov2006

 
20061203

Collection of pages having to do with the small, designer clear-cased dichro solid beads —the only solid beads—I regularly make. 03dec2006

 
20061129

At this point, pages of dichro color strips used to make dichro solids. Really unfinished index, evidently.

 
20061116

Photo ref for cool colored dichro strips 16nov2006

 
20061024

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

 
20060409

Another reminder-to-self tutorial for making clear-cased solid dichros, since I keep forgetting the fine points. 09apr2006

 
20050521

My initial howto post for making dichro solids. Shows an assortment. 21may2005

 
20040522

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

 
20040522

From dots to dichro . Guess I shoulda called that new subdirectory florals, instead of floral_vase. Well, I'm not changing it now...! 22may2004