The artistic media that attracts many artists is fused glass jewelry. Craftsmen are fascinated by the beauty and variety of this very versatile glass.
This popularity is growing rapidly because more and more people are realizing all the potential it has to create beautiful glass jewelry.
Jewelry lovers are fascinated by the depth and variety of colors, and how the pieces change color when viewed from different angles. There are no two that are exactly the same.
Some people think that this glass was made for NASA and used for space exploration, but in reality, fused glass, also known as dichroic glass art is an ancient art form.
Archaeologists have discovered dichroic glass items made during the Roman Empire. The art was rediscovered for extraterrestrial use when manufacturers found it to make an excellent coating for mirrors mounted on satellites.
This technology is quickly used by artists who see creative possibilities. Creative people use this unified glass to make jewelry, glass beads or even paperweights from dichroic glass.
To make this glass jewelry, the maker takes a piece of glass and gradually layers it with a thin layer of various metal oxides and quartz crystals.
The construction requires space without air. Metal oxides are evaporated in this space. Quartz or metal particles crystallize onto the glass surface, creating a very strong crystal structure.
Its thickness is microscopic, allowing as many as thirty, forty or even fifty layers to accumulate on pieces of glass without changing its shape or size.