Saturday, April 24, 2010
Dichro - Lovely, Lovely Dichro
No particular point to this post, other than to share some pics of my recent dichro purchase. Dichro - ahhhh. Hard to photo, intimidatingly expensive, and requires some skill and practice to use well - although not as much as some people would have you believe. And completely addictive!
But just look it it - it's magic!
If you are at all intrigued by this rather fabulous stuff, I highly recommend "Dichroics: Art Glass All Dressed Up" by Jackie Paciello-Truty.
It's not a huge book, and doesn't go into techniques for lampworking. Instead, it is a rather quick read that tells you the history and the background of dichroic coatings and it's origins, and some background about how it is produced. (Hint - you are not going to be able to make it in your kitchen. Not unless you have a very specialized kitchen. With a vacuum chamber. And a laser.)
I found it totally worthwhile. Gives you a greater understanding of the stuff you work with.