Thursday, September 15, 2011

Never Say Never Is Never Ever Never

I never thought that I will ever use dichroic glass in my glass beads - I am usually turned off by how dichroic has been used. Usually it is overwhelming and overpowering. I guess there is always a time and place for anything. Perhaps now that I am able to work my designs from paper to glass, it is easy to visualize how I can add a little dichroic to enhance the beads.

I like to use the dichroic as a background; it has to have that faraway feeling, like the distance of the sky from us. It must be subtle and not dominate over my stringer and dot design elements.

Two days ago, I chatted with another lampworking colleague and I had told her that I could just use black and white glass for the rest of my life and clear off the rest of my glass storage. In fact, I am tempted to do so, but I have to be realistic and keep using other colors if I want to sell my pieces. Anyway, adding dichroic even to the black and white beads make a huge difference in the way they look.

So, let me leave you with some of my latest works - my handmade glass cabochons for the interchangeable jewelry system.

It's Always Hip To Be Square

All Square Once Again

Trapped Galaxy
dichroic glass

Trapped Galaxy with Tan Acetate Disc

Trapped Galaxy With Black Acetate Disc

Through A Trapped Galaxy
dichroic glass

Through A Trapped Galaxy with Violet Acetate Disc

with a black acetate disc

Flat Spiraling

Very Cubed

A Wandering Cube

dichroic glass

Wandering Star
shift glass (pink-blue) with dichroic glass

Wandering Star
same as above photo but under different light source, the glass shifts from pink to blue

Far, Far Away
dichroic glass

Cabinet Knob
black-and-white leafy designs

The Night Sky
with black acetate disc
use of dichroic glass

The Arctic Star
with purple and blue acetate disc
use of dichroic glass


lichtwichtel said...

Der absolute Wahnsinn! So filigran....unglaublich. So feine Striche kann ich noch nicht mal auf einem Papier ziehe und so gerade auch nicht.....
Liebe Grüße

Claire Maunsell said...

So true, Dora! When I used to do the Rosen show in Philly, I used to think of it as 'dichroic disease', there were booths full of it (back then, I had personally relegated it to the 'cheap trick' department in glassblowing)....and some people can't get enough of it! But there is a place for everything and I think you have successfully tamed and placed the sparkle and colour!

querbead said...

really cool. gorgeous.ilove them all.


Dora Schubert said...

Thanks, Nicole, Claire, Pascal! Yes, Claire, it is strange how some like just that dichroic screaming at their faces!

adi said...

Ich finde sie auch alle sehr schön unddas bisschen glitzern tut doch gut :-)!
Lg Adi

Ele said...

These are all so beautiful. You are just so talented. I love the way you have used the dichroic in such a subtle way.

Bobbie Pene said...

The dichroic looks stunning Dora and really adds depth to the glass.

Dora Schubert said...

Thank you, Adi, Ele, Bobbie!

Eva Maria Keiser said...

Fabulous works, so elegant!
-Eva Maria

Dora Schubert said...

Thanks, Eva Maria!

Doris said...

Hallo Dora,

für mich der absolute Wahnsinn,bin hin und weg,
hoffe doch das ich die Ringtops in Wertheim bewundern kann!!??

Liebe Grüsse Doris

CharmN Jewelry said...

Very beautiful and vibrant pendants with a different look from the rest of the crowd...they look awesome.And must have taken you a lot of time to get to this perfection.Anniversary gift ideas