What is Dichroic Glass?
Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass dichroic optical properties. The main characteristic of dichroic glass is that it has a particular transmitted color and a completely different reflected color as light either passes through or is reflected. The colors shifts depending on the angle of view. Dichroic glass is an example of thin-film optics. Glass artists often refer to dichroic glass as “dichro”.
Dichroic glass is specifically designed to be hotworked but can also be used in its raw form. Sculpted glass elements that have been shaped by extreme heat and then fused together may also be coated with dichroic afterwards to make them reflect an array of colors.
Bullseye 90 COE dichroic glass manufactured by CBS Coatings (Coatings by Sandberg) is what I use for fusing. Finished products using Dichroic Glass give it that unmistakable “wow” factor.