Creating Beautiful Dichroic Glass Art

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Artists can create beautiful, colorful objects with dazzling, radiant effects when using dichroic glass art. Dichroic glass allows light to reflect from the surface in different ways, creating an array of colors that can appear to have been blown out from the surface of the glass.

Jewelry made from dichroic glass allows one to find the perfect hues to complement one’s personal style and personal taste. Dichroic jewelry is one of the most unique forms of glass jewelry making that one may ever come across. Glass jewelry has grown to become one of the most popular forms of personal expression. Because dichroic glass comes in many colors, there are countless ways that an individual can customize glass jewelry pieces to their own specific needs and desires. Many people use this material to help create unique glass necklaces and bracelets for special occasions and holiday celebrations. Many people also enjoy decorating their cars with dichroic glass beads.

One-Of-A-Kind Pieces

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Jewelers sometimes use dichroic glass art in the creation of one-of-a-kind pieces that will never be replicated again. Jewelers often bond the glass to an acrylic polymer resin, creating a type of fused medium. These artists can then create a wide array of color shifts by layering different types of polymer resins or placing one color in the middle of the material and then fusing the opposite color on either side.

One lucky gentleman recently had his dream car stolen right in front of his house while he was visiting from Washington D.C. Several men were responsible for this crime because they did not have enough working hours to finish the job that they had given to a friend in Florida. The friend, who was in town visiting from California, took too much time to complete the task and they needed the car back home before they could return it to the owner. The men decided to commit a federal crime by destroying the car by adding chlorinated hydrocarbon monoxide (CO) inside the engine compartment. When the truck was returned to its owner, no one realized that the inside of the truck contained dichroic glass art that transferred the greenish color of the CO onto the vehicle.


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Howlett was able to discover that there are many websites on the Internet that discuss the history of dichroic glass art. Howlett discovered that many aerospace companies have begun to use this material in creating materials that can be used for enhancing the visual quality of the product. He said that there is a growing demand for these objects in commercial applications and in protecting the valuable interior contents of the items.

Howlett found that one of the most popular uses for dichroic glass art is for logos, security features and warning signs. He also said that these products can be incorporated into the exterior design of products so that the bright colors do not fade away. Many people are already familiar with how blue-colored glass is formed during the formation process of dichroic glass and many people are now beginning to incorporate this material into their home design as well.

Need For The Protection

Howlett told us that there is a great need for the protection of the special properties of dichroic glass art and he noticed that there are many people in the aerospace industry that are working towards protecting this special type of glass from harm. Howlett found that Ray Howlett worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he developed several projects using this unique material. One of these projects involved using dichroic art glass in the design of mirrors for the JPL’s space shuttle program. Howlett realized that the mirrors used in this project did not have the ability to transmit sound when hit by space debris and therefore it was essential to protect these mirrors from such damage.

Howlett realized that the glass used for this project required three coats of paint with similar intensities, but different colors, in order to help the reflect light. The space shuttle program did not require that the reflect light through a medium other than air, thus Howlett was able to use dichroic glass in the reflective coating of the mirror. This made it possible to have a bright border on one side of the mirror and a very dark or black border on the other side. In addition to the protective coatings, the mirrors were also coated with enamel paint. Howlett discovered that there are many advantages to using enamel paint rather than acrylic paint. Acrylic is not nearly as durable as enamel, which means that the enamel will be more likely to chip after prolonged exposure to the elements.


Howlett’s creations were highly reflective mirrors, but they also had the ability to change. They were, at first glance, very boring, as the glass was monochromatic. However, once you approached them closer, their unique design would suddenly make them stand out. This was because the dichroic glass had a reflective surface and the colors in the enamel paint were not just basic black or white. As time progressed, these highly reflective mirrors became Murray tile murals that were hand painted by local artists.

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