Dichroic Glass Jewellery
By Peggy Brackett Of Kiln Art Glass Studio
My glass jewellery starts out as large 18 x 18 sheets of opaque, transparent and dichroic glass which I cut, piece and layer to create designs which I fuse (melt) together in an electric kiln at about 1500F. After the sheet is fused and slow cooled, I re-cut, grind and drill the pieces. All of the drilling and grinding is done under water with special diamond bit tools. Then I return these pieces to the kiln and re-fuse them. Finally, when the glass pieces have cooled, I construct my jewellery pieces :- earrings, pendants, chokers etc using these glass creations and select findings of nickel-free sterling silver, stainless steel, niobium, rubber etc. I make many of my own findings, e.g pendant bails, necklace extensions, fancy ear wires etc. I also use commercially available high quality findings such as basic ear wires. The findings I use are chosen or created to be an element of the overall design of the piece, but are intended mostly to showcase the glasswork. All of the designs are my own.
Dichroic (Die-crow-ik) glass is glass that has a very fine layer (about 3 microns) of metal fused to its surface. Different metals in different combinations create the beautiful colours that you see. I also use glass stringers (‘vermicelli’ shaped/sized glass), glass powders, metal foils and surface manipulation of the dichro etc to augment my designs.