This Filigree Stardust Christmas Bell is lovingly created by Virginia and Tony using Dichroic Glass panels and Filigree glass rods they have made.
Dichroic glass was developed by the space industry for window filters on space craft. It is created by depositing several very thin layers of rare metal oxides on the surface of a piece of glass. The particles are then bombarded with an intense electron beam in a high temperature vacuum chamber.
‘Dichroic‘ is defined as 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 possesses a similar effect that is witnessed in nature on insect wings, peacock and hummingbird feathers. When the dichroic glass is fired in the kiln, its reflective qualities are enhanced. As a result, it sparkles and shines an increased amount.
Virginia and Tony’s artglass bells are extremely collectible and are made with great care and devotion. They use Venetian influenced glass making techniques, developed in Murano Italy in the year 1526. They are made at their glassblowing studio in Halton Hills, On in the Greater Toronto Area.
The filigree techniques used in this Filigree Stardust Christmas Bell are the same techniques used in the past and largely responsible for the fame enjoyed by Murano glass today. This spectacular bell is a must have for the most discriminate bell collectors collection.