Saturday, February 27, 2016

Riley Dichro

BTW - you may be asking yourself - what is this Riley Dichro she is using?

This is dichroic glass from Riley Designs - and these days - it is my favourite dichro. Not all dichro is created equal - because - just think about this for a second. Is it the dichro you are having trouble with ... or the glass that it is mounted on? Because if you are paying for a top-quality clear because you hate the look of a cheap, scummy clear - then why would you buy a dichro layered onto a cheap, scummy clear?


Anyway - this Crinkle dichro is the bee's knees.

Here we have the bead, (as seen in the previous post. Transparent blue core, dichro, clear.)

Here is the dichro itself - Pink Teal Crinkle. Pink refers to it's transmission colour (backlit - light passing through it), Teal to the reflection colour (although Orange / Cyan would be more descriptive in this case), and Crinkle is the texture. This particular heavy coating, with a very large texture, breaks up into large pieces in the bead - for a very dramatic effect.

Anyway - just so you know. 

One more shot of the same piece of glass. For those of you who may have stumbled across this site and do not know about dichroic glass or are just new to lampworking - these 3 pictures are of the same piece of glass. Dichroic: di meaning "two" and chroic - colour. The glass has a coating that reflects one wave length of colour and transmits another - giving it two opposite colours, depending on how you look at it. 

And here we have another bead - my classic wave bead, also made completely from dichro. Yum. This one is made with Green / Magenta.

Notice how the colours fall on the opposite sides of a colour wheel? Just borrowing a screen shot here of the colour wheel in Painter to help you visualize it. Green / Magenta. Orange / Cyan. Complementary colours.

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