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
shift glass (pink-blue) with dichroic glass
same as above photo but under different light source, the glass shifts from pink to blue