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. 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 to make it sparkle and shine an increased amount.
First they gather molten glass at 2100 F from the furnace on a blowpipe. Next a layer of densely coloured glass is added. Several layers of clear,molten crystal are then added to create the size of bead desired. Sometimes coloured glass canes or rods (made by the artists) are added to create stripes and spiralling patterns on the beads. Next a bubble is inserted through the blowpipe into the mass of glass. The glass is then heated and shaped many times until the shape and temperature is just right. Of course this is all determined at the discretion of the glassblower! At that point this becomes a team event when Tony and Virginia stretch the glass into tubes. The glass stretches much like taffy to the length and diameters desired.
After the glass rods are cut into usable lengths, they are put into a digitally controlled kiln and annealed . This adds strength and durability to the glass. They are then cut into beads lengths and polished through several polishing stages to create wet mint condition beads.
Our Filigree Stardust Pendant Necklaces combine our handblown glass furnace beads with semi-precious stones and .925 sterling silver. A wonderful marriage of contemporary glass blowing and fused glass techniques.
These stunning pendants are hand signed on the back VWT.The Cane glass beads used in these Filigree Stardust Pendant Necklaces are Hand Made in Canada by Virginia and Tony using Italian glass working techniques, at their glassblowing studio in Halton Hills, On. These beads require a large scale glass furnace, annealing kilns, glass cutting saws and polishing equipment.