Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dichroic Butterfly Iridescent Fused Glass Tile Plate

Dichroic fused glass wings in a kaleidoscope of color scatter light like the tiny scales of a butterfly.  This butterfly lifts gently from a pool of aventurine blue glass.

Fused Glass Dichroic Butterfly on a Pool of Aventurine Blue Color Quilt Flutterbybutterfly Flutterbyfoto
Fused Glass Dichroic Butterfly on a Pool of Aventurine Blue

Each wing is created from a quilt of colored dichroic glass sandwiched between a bottom layer of Bulleye black and a top layer of Tekta clear.  As the dichroic glass softens into the black base, veins are formed.  The top clear layer rounds over the colors forming a magnification and also a distortion as the light catches the undulations of the wing edges.

Fused Glass Dichroic Butterfly Wing Construction Layering Assembly Flutterbyfoto Flutterbybutterfly
Fused Glass Dichroic Butterfly Wing Construction

These wings were heated to 1475 degrees Fahrenheit to achieve a full fuse.  The finished wings were tacked to the aventurine blue base tile along with the body, antennae and compound eyes capable of viewing ultra violet light. 

Fused Glass Dichroic Butterfly Wing Color Shift
Fused Glass Dichroic Butterfly Wing Color Shift

When each wing is viewed from different angles, the hues shift.  Light dances across the surface creating a show color.