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Engraving on Dichroic Glass.

By HotPot Norge, Jul 20 2015 09:00AM

Chances are if you go to an art and craft fair these days you'll come across some dichroic jewelry for sale.


This colorful, iridescent glass experienced a surge in popularity a few years ago, and the craze shows no signs of stopping any time soon.


The best thing about dichroic glass is that you can make your own jewelry with a HotPot microwave kiln.


A good way of personalizing your jewelry even more is to engrave the dichroic glass with your very own design. It is simply removing a part of the dichroic layer to reveal the image you want.


This can be anything from flowers, trees, tribal motives to letters and numbers and so on.

If there is a Dremel in the house, your life becomes much easier. However, engraving can also be done with any sharp iron item like a nail or a screw.



To etch the glass:


1) Drag the tip of your instrument over the surface - this will scratch / remove the dichroic layer.

The deeper you go, the stronger your lines. Vary the line depth for a more dynamic look.

2) Wipe the glass particles off your etching to reveal your design.

3) Fuse the dichroic glass in your piece as normal and you'll end up with a highly personalized piece.



This etching can be done with Dichroic on Black and Dichroic on Clear glass.



Useful tip:

The deeper you go, the stronger your lines. Vary the line depth for a more dynamic look.


Picture1: Etched dichro on clear
Picture1: Etched dichro on clear
Picture2: Incorporating the piece in a design
Picture2: Incorporating the piece in a design
Picture3: The finished piece after fusing
Picture3: The finished piece after fusing
Another example on a black background
Another example on a black background
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