Dichroic glass makes fantastic glass cabochons, or any type of jewelry.

These pieces get so much attention, because of their gorgeous, glistening and unforgettable appearance.

When individuals first learn of this amazing glass, they have a tendency to misspell the name.

Doing a search for Dichrotic or Dichotic, for example, won't deliver many sites.

Oh, the magic of this glass. Each piece comes out distinctively different from the last.

You will be amazed at the depth of color and shimmer.

When viewed from different angles, each piece will appear to have an array of diverse colors.

If you enjoy this glass as much as I do, you will also want to check out the new Crinkled Dichroic, Dicro Slide, or Dichroic Coated Copper Foil.

For a definition of Dichroic Glass, please click here.

dichroic glass

This type of glass is made in Italy and the United States.

It can purchased in thick or thin sheets, rods or stringers.

There are a rainbow of colors and designs.

Since it can be put on all types of glass, it comes in different COEs.

This is important to know before purchasing.

If you are just starting out in glass fusing, buy glass with the same COE so that you don’t mix up glass in your studio.

Some pieces will have patterns on the glass.

These patterns are etched on after the coating has been applied, or put on during the coating process.

The Rainbow colored glass is the most difficult to produce.

Colors And What Do They Mean

When purchasing this glass, you will notice that it has two names.

Like Blue/Gold, or Pink/Teal.

The first color is the transmitted color, or the color you will see if you hold a clear piece of this up to the light.

This is the color that goes through the glass.

The second color mentioned is the reflected color.

This is the surface color and the one you will see in the fused piece.

So, if you purchase the Blue/Gold, for example, your piece will be gold and not blue.

The Pink/Teal will fire to be teal and not pink.

Most glass stores will have fired samples of the colors, so you can see what the color will look like after fusing.

If there is no display and you are not sure, ask the salesperson.

This glass is expensive, and you sure don't want to purchase what you don't need or want.

Dichroic Coating

It is not always easy to tell which side of the glass has the coating.

It will only take one time putting the coated side upside down to realize why you should test.

To figure out which side of your glass is coated, try one of these methods:

Take any pointed object, like a pen or your finger nail, and hold this object to the glass.

If the reflection of this object touches the actual object, then this is the coated side of the glass.

If there is a space between the object and its own reflection, then this is the non-coated side.

You can also try holding the glass at a 45 degree angle.

If you see the edge of the glass through the surface then this is usually the non-coated side.

Use your glass cutter.

Hold the cutter near to the diamond tip.

Now move it backwards and forwards over the glass.

The two sides have a different texture.

The coated side is the side that has a rougher texture.

Try breathing on the glass.

The steam from your breath will stay longer on the coated side of the glass than on the non-coated side.

Tilt the glass.

The side that appears to have a painted layer is the coated side of the glass.


It can be fired whichever way you want depending on the look you are striving to achieve.

If fired with the coated side up, the piece will be rough and textured.

If it fired with the dichroic side down, then the piece will have a smooth glassy surface.

For more information on How to Fire Dichroic Glass, please click here .

If you really want a unique piece of jewelry, just add some of this extraordinary glass.

You will definitely get compliments when you wear this as a piece of jewelry.

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