Beading / Jewelry

Fused Dichroic Glass Pendant Trio

Create a stunning glass pendant in less than an hour! Dichroic glass can be fused multiple ways to achieve different looks; capping dichroic glass with transparent glass will give it a polished look with a little bit of depth while leaving it uncapped will result in a more textured, metallic look.
By  Lauren DiSanza for Diamond Tech Crafts 

size varies

MATERIALS 

Diamond Tech Fuseworks: 90 COE Variety Bits and Pieces, 90 COE Dichroic Bits and Pieces, Large Silver Necklace 

TOOLS 

Fuseworks: Microwave Kiln, Kiln Paper, Hot Mitts, Tile Nipper

Safety Glasses

E6000 Adhesive

BASIC SUPPLIES 

Heat resistant surface or ceramic tile

Scissors

Uncapped Dichroic Glass

1. To create streaky blue piece, select piece of textured dichroic glass. Wearing safety glasses, nip dichroic glass and shape as desired. Place glass between nipper jaws and squeeze down, this tool works best when held at the very end of the nipper and only place 1/16” glass into jaws as shown. 


2. Select any piece from Variety Bits and Pieces for base and shape it similarly to dichroic piece from Step 1. Project shown uses a transparent blue to match blue in dichroic glass.

3. Cut 2”x2” piece of kiln paper and place on kiln base. Place piece from Variety Bits & Pieces mix on kiln paper and place dichroic piece, dichroic-side up, on top as shown. Place base in microwave and place microwave kiln top on base. Fuse for 2 minute at 70% power followed by 1 minute at 90% power and 1 minute at 90% power. Wearing hot mitts, check the glass for slightly rounded edges. The kiln should be glowing and the edges of the glass are rounded. If they are not rounded, continue to fuse in 15 or 30 second increments at 100% power until you reach the desired shape. Allow kiln to cool on a heat resistant surface, at least 30 minutes before using it again.

4. When cool, clean kiln paper from back of piece. Following manufacturer’s instructions, affix bail with E6000 and allow drying. String onto choice of necklace.

Capped Dichroic Glass

1. To create red piece, select piece of dichroic glass. Wearing safety glasses, nip dichroic glass and shape as desired. Place glass between nipper jaws and squeeze down, this tool works best when held at the very end of the nipper and only place 1/16” glass into jaws.

2. Select clear or light colored transparent piece of glass from Variety Bits & Pieces. Project shown uses gray. Shape with tile nipper if desired, make sure transparent piece is slightly larger than dichroic glass piece.

3. Cut 2”x2” piece of kiln paper and place on kiln base. Place piece from Variety Bits & Pieces mix on kiln paper and place transparent piece on top as shown. Place base in microwave and place microwave kiln top on base. Fuse for 2 minute at 70% power followed by 1 minute at 90% power and 1 minute at 90% power. Wearing hot mitts, check the glass for slightly rounded edges. The kiln should be glowing and the edges of the glass are rounded. If they are not rounded, continue to fuse in 15 or 30 second increments at 100% power until you reach the desired shape. Allow kiln to cool on a heat resistant surface, at least 30 minutes before using it again.

4. When cool, clean kiln paper from back of piece. Following manufacturer’s instructions, affix bail with E6000 and allow drying. String onto choice of necklace.

Clear Dichroic Glass

1. To create purple piece. select piece of clear dichroic glass. Wearing safety glasses, nip dichroic glass and shape as desired. Place glass between nipper jaws and squeeze down, this tool works best when held at the very end of the nipper and only place 1/16” glass into jaws.

2. Select any color from Variety Bits & Pieces and shape similar to dichroic glass using tile nippers.

3. Cut 2”x2” piece of kiln paper and place on kiln base. Place piece from Variety Bits & Pieces mix on kiln paper and place clear dichroic piece, dichroic-side down, on top as shown. Place base in microwave and place microwave kiln top on base. Fuse for 2 minute at 70% power followed by 1 minute at 90% power and 1 minute at 90% power. Wearing hot mitts, check the glass for slightly rounded edges. The kiln should be glowing and the edges of the glass are rounded. If they are not rounded, continue to fuse in 15 or 30 second increments at 100% power until you reach the desired shape. Allow kiln to cool on a heat resistant surface, at least 30 minutes before using it again.

4. When cool, clean kiln paper from back of piece. Following manufacturer’s instructions, affix bail with E6000 and allow drying. String onto choice of necklace.

 

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