Silver link bracelet features 3 shimmery glass stones that change color a bit depending upon the light - sometimes gold, purple, pink or even green.
Handmade links, free-form dichroic glass stones, handmade bezels and hammered designs make this a fun and unique bracelet.
The bracelet is adjustable in length from approximately 6 3/4" to 7 1/2" by putting the lobster claw clasp into one of 3 links at the end.
This bracelet is made at Lyon Pond Studio using traditional silver smith techniques to create bezel links for each stone and attaching them with handmade silver links.
I also fused the 3 'icy' stones in my studio by cutting, stacking and heating pieces of clear and shimmery transparent dichroic glass.
Dichroic glass has a distinctive and intensely colorful metallic appearance which changes as the piece is viewed at different angles. Sheets of dichroic can be purchased and worked using glass fusing techniques.
Modern dichroic glass originated with NASA optics research. Preparation of dichroic glass requires technical equipment. Glass is placed in a vacuum chamber and heated. Multiple ultra-thin layers of metallic materials like titanium, magnesium, zirconium, chromium, selenium, and tin are applied by using an electron beam to vaporize them and then let them condense on the surface of the glass in a crystal structure. As many of 50 layers may be applied, yet the coating is still thinner than one thousandth of a millimeter. The result is a sheet of glass with a dichroic coating which can be used by glass artists to fabricate beads and other glass objects.
Fusing dichroic glass is an unpredictable process because the glass and metallic coating react differently to heat. The glass heats more quickly than the coating, separating the two layers. When the piece cools, the glass and coating contract at slightly different rates. The original configuration of the coating can never be recreated, thus each dichroic glass piece is unique. The result is an irregular surface which adds to the refraction of light. This effect is enhanced at higher temperatures.