I absolutely love it when I have the chance to get creative with my mixed media supplies and findings, and this project that I created for the ICE Resin® Creative Team was definitely one of those times! I have many friends who work with glass, in particular dichroic glass and fusing. Every time I see one of their pieces come out of the kiln, I’m completely amazed at the color combinations. So I put on my thinking cap and decided to do some experimenting with the supplies that I already have to create my version of ‘faux dichro’ to achieve the look of dichroic glass out of the kiln, but down and dirty without all the equipment and supplies.
With a little experimenting, I found that I could create my faux dichro look using a few basic supplies – plain white tissue paper (that’s right!), Tsukineko StazOn inks, and Iridescent Creative Medium from Imagine Crafts. The process is VERY simple and you can either watch the full video tutorial for making your own faux dichro backgrounds here, or follow the step-by-step instructions for making the Blazing Sun project shown at the top of this post. Either way I guarantee that you’ll soon be addicted to making these backgrounds for a variety of projects besides just jewelry!
Here is an example of taking this concept and taking it to the next level. Faux Dichro 1 is an earth tone colored bezel, with mica and fire opal highlights completed with a large crystal pendent at the bottom of the hobnail bezel at the bottom. The woven ball chain necklace is finished with coordinating Swarovski crystals. View more pictures of this necklace.
Or you can take this to next level as seen here in Faux Dichro 2, a beading masterpiece! The faux dichro technique was used to create the backgrounds of the large and small bezels which were then used as cabochons for the beautiful blue and teal toned beading, all finished with Swarovski crystal. The woven ball and chain is embellished with the same beautiful Swarvoski crystals.
I’ll be teaching the Faux Dichro Bezel class at the Tucson Bead Show February 5th at the Double Tree Tucson. You’ll learn how to create your own faux dichro background with your own custom colors, then how to set the bezel with ICE Resin. Visit here for more information about this class.