Filigree Ribbon Stardust Balls incorporate Dichroic Glass. The space industry developed this glass for window filters on space craft. The surface of a piece of glass has very thin layers of rare metal oxides deposited on it. Then an intense electron beam bombards the surface with an intense electron beam in a high temperature vacuum chamber.
‘Dichroic‘ is the property of exhibiting more than one colour when viewed from different angles”. Virginia fires her glass in a kiln at high temperatures a number of times to achieve the finished result. The colour of each piece can be quite unpredictable.
Dichroic glass has the effect witnessed in nature on insect wings, peacock and hummingbird feathers. The dichroic glass is first fired in the kiln. This results in the reflective qualities being enhanced. It sparkles and shines an increased amount. These Filigree Ribbon Stardust Balls are a great addition to any collection.
Ancient glass techniques invented in Murano Italy in 1526 are used in the process. This elaborate pattern making technique is still difficult to perform. Filigree Glass, unlike conventional blown glass, was suitable for only the uppermost tables of society as it was not common.
This elaborate form of Filigrana Glass is responsible for the fame of Murano style glass today.
The patterns and color combinations in these Handblown Filigree Ribbon Stardust Balls are almost limitless. This brings appreciation and joy to collectors of the beloved Filigree Glass technique
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