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Issue #034 - Dichroic Glass
June 29, 2011

Hot Out of the Kiln

June 30, 2011


Hot Out of the Kiln brings you the latest information, ideas, and resources for your glass fusing experience. If you like this newsletter, please forward it to share it with your friends.

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In this Issue of Hot Out of the Kiln:

1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Submit an Article or Tutorial
4. What I Have Been Working On
5. Reader Responses
6. Tips and Tricks
7. What's Happening
8. Product Review

Feature Article - Dichroic Glass

This month we are going to take a closer look at Dichroic glass. Ordinary fusible glass is great for most projects, but if you want dazzle and pop, then Dichroic is the answer to achieving extraordinary artwork.

Dichroic is a mixture of thin layers of chromium, silicon, titanium, aluminum and zirconium that are added to glass, copper or paper inside an airtight vacuum chamber at high temperatures.

There are various types of dichroic that can be used to add this sparkle to your fusing projects. There is not only the colorful types of Dichroic glass and Crinklized Dichroic™ that can be used as is, or mixed with other glass, but also Dicro Slide™ and Dichroic Coated Copper Foil that can add this magic to your fusing designs.

Each type of Dichroic enhances any project, and mixing the various types can really add drama to glass. Use just a dab to add some spark or make complete projects to make outstanding dramatic works of art. Add these different Dichroic glass supplies to your fusing embellishment and enhance your fusing experience.

  • Dichroic glass – Dichroic coated glass that can be cut and fused like regular fusing glass.
  • Crinklized Dichroic – Similar to Dichroic glass, but when fused the layers crinkle and peak.
  • Dicro Slide – Dichroic coated paper that is placed in water like a decal. It can be cut or punched and then added to any type of glass.
  • Dichroic Coated Copper Foil – Copper foil that is coated with some layers of Dichroic. This material is removed from the copper foil and then placed on any type of fusing glass.
  • Depending on the desired look you are trying to achieve, these types of Dichroic adds that sparkle and shine that will make your piece outstanding and eye-catching.

    Quote of the Month

    "An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” - Charles Horton Cooley

    Submit an Article or Tutorial

    Do you have a great glass fusing article or tutorial that you would like to share? We are inviting submissions of articles or tutorials for the web site. The articles will become permanent on the site once approved and a link back to your website or blog can be included in the submission. Helping and sharing with others is a great way to assist others in learning information and techniques about glass fusing. You can add so much to the site with your knowledge and experiences.

    If you have a web site or blog, then you know how important links are to get your site noticed by those search engines. A back link to your site will not only boost the search engine ranking, but assist in bringing traffic to your site.

    For more information and submission, check out Submit Your Article.

    What I Have Been Working On

    This month has been filled with filming, editing and proofing. After hours and hours of working on this project, the newest DVD is finally in the can as they say. It has been uploaded and I have received my proofing copy. Part of me is excited that is it finished, a fraction of me wants to take another vacation, and a portion of me wants to get started on the next project.

    This video has been a lot of fun to work on, because I love Dichroic! Visiting CBS (Coatings by Sandberg) was the inspiration for doing the newest video. There are just so many ways you can incorporate this material in your fusing ventures, and these eye-catching pieces are really hard to put down.

    Undertaking this project kept me busy, but excited with each new venture. I loved playing with all the types of Dichroic and that made the assignment fun and exciting.

    I will now be working on turning the video into a book and e-book, so look for those to be added in the next couple of months. Then it will be on to another project!

    Reader Responses


    Last Month’s Reader’s Question


    I drilled my first hole (core bit) through glass plate (fused) with a dremel. I scratched up the surface because the drill did not immediately grab into the scooted across the slippery glass surface and caused scratches. How do I start the procedure without the bit slipping away? Thank you for your help



    Readers’s Responses


    Hi Connie,

    I read in your latest email that one reader was having problems with her drillbit slipping on the glass and skittering off to one side, which, I'm sure, left a nasty scratch right where she didn't want it.

    Putting the glass in water is correct. You need to do this to avoid overheating the drillbit.

    However, I found that sticking masking tape over the spot where you want to drill, REALLY helps to stop the drillbit from slipping. The niggle is that if you put a patch of masking tape on the glass, it's probably going to come off as soon as the glass gets into the water. I found that by taping a band of masking tape all the way around the glass article in both directions, that is, one strip from top to bottom right around the piece of glass, and another strip from left to right, again, right around the piece of glass, will keep the masking tape in place for much longer. Definitely long enough for the drillbit to begin it's descent into the glass. Just be sure to press the masking tape down securely on the glass.

    You can also mark the exact spot where you want to drill, on the masking tape itself.

    This works for me every time.

    Kind regards PAT



    I just took a class from Barry Kaiser and he had a great glass drilling idea. He begins drilling with a ball bur which makes a divote to start your drill hole in.

    Thanks for your news letter!

    Judy P


    I have an extender for my Dremmel. The extender makes the Dremmel work a lot more like a pencil and it’s much safer to use in water than just the little bit next to the motor. The extra money is well worth it.

    Thanks Chris G


    Hi Connie

    Hi from the UK!

    I love your newsletter - it is such fun to read and so informative!

    I saw your reader query about scratching glass while drilling - the way I get round this is to apply several pieces of sellotape to the area where I am going to drill and mark the drilling spot so I know where I'm aiming at, so that if the bit skids before taking hold, the glass is protected and I know the spot to go back to, then its just a matter of peeling it off afterwards.

    Hope this helps

    Jackie x


    Hi Connie

    Thanks for your newletter which is full of really useful and interesting information. Continuing with the theme of kiln fire paper, there is an alternative which a company in the UK have demonstrated on an open day I went to a while ago which I have yet to try, but looked interesting. The product is called Flossing Plus and is sold by PVS. The following link will take you to the product on p29 of their catalogue: < > The powder is reusable for approx 15 - 20 firings guaranteed and can be used for as many as 30 times. You basically fill the bottom of your kiln with the powder and then level it off (have two strips of wood along each inside long edge of the kiln and then drag a long piece of wood the length of the two strips of wood so that you have a perfectly flat finish on the powder). Once you have a completely flat, perfect finish for the powder, the challenge is to place your glass on top without disturbing the powder (I anticipate this would require some amount of practice to master!). The finish however that you then get on your fired piece of glass is totally perfect.



    Thanks for all the responses! Extremely helpful information and I really appreciate everyone taking the time to help others by sharing their tips and tricks!

    Tips and Tricks

    A little tip for stencils. Take a short length of tape, pinch it together in the center and stick the two ends to the top and bottom of your stencil. Then you have two little handles to lift it straight up.

    What's Happening - 2011 FACEBOOK DICHROIC BEAD CONTEST

    CBS (Coatings by Sandberg) is having a beading contest. Entries must be posted by November 15th, 2011. To find out more click here.

    PRODUCT REVIEW – How to Make Dichroic Glass Art

    The newest video offered on the site is "How to Make Dichroic Glass Art" . It provides you with everything you need to know about Dichroic. From the various types available to making projects using the different materials, this DVD has everything you need.

    The video starts out giving you a basic knowledge of this material then it goes on to talk about the different types that can be used to enhance your fusing projects.

    Watch as I walk you through making simple projects and then stepping it up by creating more enticing ventures. Once the piece is complete the video shows how to shape and form the glass by doing some cold working.

    Learn more about finishing the fused glass project in numerous ways to show off the glass and turn it into a fabulous work of art.

    For only $19.99 you will receive the following information:

  • Chapter 1 - Definition of Dichroic
  • Chapter 2 - History of Dichroic Glass
  • Chapter 3 - Dichroic Side of Glass
  • Chapter 4 - Colors and What Do they Mean
  • Chapter 5 - Crinkled Dichroic
  • Chapter 6 - Dichro Slide
  • Chapter 7 - Dichroic Coated Copper Foil
  • Chapter 8 - To Cap or Not to Cap
  • Chapter 9 - Etching Dichroic Glass
  • Chapter 10 - Dichroic Donut
  • Chapter 11 - Making Simple, Elegant Cabochons
  • Chapter 12 - Getting Creative
  • Chapter 13 - Shaping Cabochon
  • Chapter 14 - Dichroic Cabochon Finishing
  • Chapter 15 - Wrapping it Up
  • If you have wanted to add Dichroic to your fusing projects, or would like to know more about the types that are available on the market, then this DVD is the answer to your quest.

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