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Issue #72 - Etched-Dichroic-Necklace
July 31, 2014
Hot Out of the Kiln
Since my beloved doggy partner passed away, my youngest daughter took a trip to Jamaica.
During her trip, she had me doggy sit her two Chihuahuas, who just happen to be the offspring of my two dogs, Drake and Jingles.
Having them here has not only kept me extremely busy, but it has also helped to occupy my time and has made the healing process so much easier.
This month, I have been taking an on-line photography class.
It was a two week course, where we learned many techniques for not only taking outstanding photographs, but information on enhancing and improving our pictures.
If by any chance you have considered taking a course on photography, I highly recommend this class.
You can contact the teacher, Joy through her email, which is JoyfullyGreen.email@example.com to find out more information.
I am at this point considering taking a glass blowing class or two in August.
If you know anything about me, it is that I enjoy learning new techniques and methods for manipulating glass.
I just purchased some ColorLine Paints, which are manufactured in Europe, and these enamel paints come in squeezable bottles for application.
I am hoping to have time to try these this month.
So much to do, and so little time!
The Fall 2014 issue of the e-magazine is in the proofreading stage and should be available around the end of August.
The sales for the Summer 2014 issue have been fantastic, and it will be shortly going into the Archive section of the website, so it can still be purchased by clicking here
Until next month…keep it hot!
1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs
4. Reader Question
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Share the Site
7. What's New
8. Product Review
Etched Dichroic Necklace
This etched dichroic necklace is a very simple, yet elegant project.
The dichroic glass was purchased from Coatings by Sandberg.
These dichroic embellishment come in an assortment of shapes and sizes.
Some of the designs I purchased were; leaves, geckos, butterflies and frogs all cut out of dichroic glass.
You could of course cut any designs you desire out of dichroic glass and create a unique necklace.
I made one necklace out of the leaves and for this project, I decided to share my butterfly design,
After purchasing the butterflies, I searched the internet for some cute designs to etch into the glass.
These I printed out so that I could refer to them as I began the project.
I free-hand drew the design on each butterfly with the permanent marker using my printed examples as a reference.
Once I had all of the patterns transferred to the glass, I used the bees wax to protect the markings.
Before etching the design, sprinkle a little tap water on the glass.
The tiny bit of water keeps the glass cool and prolongs the life of the bit.
Use the Dremel drill with a diamond bit to etch all of the designs.
After each butterfly was etched, it was immediately taken to the sink where it was scrubbed with soap and water.
A clean paper towel was used to dry both sides of the clean glass.
After all of the glass was etched, I laid out my design on a prepared kiln shelf.
Arranging and re-arranging the butterflies until I achieved a look that I found appealing.
The pieces were then fired inside the kiln to a tack fuse (around 1325 degrees Fahrenheit), since I wanted to keep the texture.
I wanted the piece to appear as though a flock of butterflies had all landed together.
The glass was annealed and brought slowly to room temperature before removing from the kiln.
I placed a cut Styrofoam plate inside a plastic container and added enough water to cover my glass just a little.
Using the Dremel with a diamond core bit, I drilled holes into each of the corners of the necklace.
I then attached a chain and closure to the glass and the final project was complete and ready for wearing.
“The Possible's slow fuse is lit by the Imagination” - Emily Dickinson
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If you purchase and want to download any of these large files, you might consider using a product like the Free Download Manager.
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It will increase the download speed and decrease the time required to download the product.
Hi. I'm British, but living in Thailand. I love your website! I work with recycled glass, either bottles or crystal. The crystal all comes from the same source, so is mostly compatible (lucky me). This means I can mix colours, so I use it to make panels. However I have BUBBLE problem. I was interested to read about boiling glass in your advanced project section. It sounds like this is what is happening to my projects, but I really don't want it to. Strangely, sometimes it doesn't –even in the same firing some pieces get bubbles and others don't. I've tried slowing the process and having longer soaks, but that made no difference. The bubbles can completely ruin my pieces as they have images in them. Any other suggestions as to how I could avoid or minimize bubbles? Thanks.
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Coatings by Sandberg
These are colorful pre-cut dichroic shapes, that have been intricately cut in various designs.
I purchased mine directly from Coatings by Sandberg, but they can also be purchased for sites like DelphiGlass.
They can be used to enhance another project, used separately, or combined to create unique designs.
Use them separately, add other compatible glass, or etch designs into the glass.
When purchased, they generally come packed with four similar designs in various assorted colors.
The sizes and shapes vary with each individual package.
They can be purchased in COE 90 or COE 96.
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