Microdot Dichroic Post Earrings
Jan Wilcox is a self-taught glass artist of objects to wear or use. She resides in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.
Each piece is handmade and comprised of 2 layers of fused glass, stained glass and dichroic glass (the luminous glass). They are cut, layered and fired individually. This one of a kind-ness creates unique variations. The posts are hypoallergenic Titanium. They vary in size from a woman's pinky fingernail to the 4th finger nail size.
Large sheets of glass are cut into pieces, stacked, and arranged by hand. Dichroic means two color. There is a coating on the glass that reflects one color of light and transmits another. These two colors shift depending upon the angle of view giving an opalescent and iridescent effect. The coating is created by using a highly technical vacuum deposition process in which Quartz Crystal, Titanium, Zirconium and other metal oxides are vaporized with an electron beam gun. The vapor floats upward, attaches and condenses on the surface of the glass in the form of a crystalline structure. There are at least 30 layers of these materials yet the coating is only about 35 millionths of an inch thick.