Member Project Photos – Faux Dichroic Glass Technique

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This blog is a community meeting spot for many polymer clay artists ranging from beginner level all the way to advanced. It is a place for learning and applying new techniques that have been taught over at the Polymer Clay Tutor Video Library.

To date, there are over 261 jewelry and bead photos that have been uploaded to the Polymer Clay Facebook Gallery page, by the Artists and Members that hang out here. Way to go guys! As your Tutor, it makes me feel very proud to see how much everyone is accomplishing.

The Facebook photos below, showcase a few projects using the Faux Dichroic Glass Technique taught in Vol-026-3 at the library.

On my motorhome trip last year I met up with a gal in CO – someone else I met on the web. She makes gorgeous dichroic glass and we spent a couple days together ‘playing’ in her glass room. Yes, it was a whole room! There were large and small pieces of glass, a cutting table, grinder and of course the kiln. Though I love dichroic glass I knew I’d never be able to set myself up with everything needed to make it. I had seen faux dichroic PC pieces and knew that was the way to go for me. I’ve been waiting almost a year now for Cindy to teach her way of making faux dichroic. ~Carolyn-F

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  1. These are all so pretty! I love this look. I can’t wait to get some of the UltraDome and get “doming” with the rest of you!

  2. Me too! Just ordered the equip from Terry….so excited! But, that’s strictly based on all the great results I’ve seen posted here and at Facebook from members. Don’t think I’d have the courage to invest and try it without seeing the wonderful work everyone here accomplished with the tut.

  3. Hi Cindy and everyone! I’ve just had my delivery from America from Terry, ultra dome,uv oven and 3 in one torch, BUT I can’t use them….:( the oven only has 2 pins I’ve phoned hubby at work and he said it will also be a different voltage so he can’t just change the plug ! And if that wasn’t enough I Then tried to use my torch , I wanted to make some nice head pins ! But I haven’t any gas…….! Oh I’m not having a good day ! Sorry everybody I just had to vent ! I’ve been waiting weeks for them !

    • @Anne O: Oh, Anne! I’m so sorry about this—what a letdown! I know you must have been so excited…

      I lived overseas (Middle East) for many years, and I had to use Voltage Adapters for most of my small appliances. You’ll be able to make it work, of course, but the extra expense is no fun (to say the least!) Make sure your adapter is good quality, too. You wouldn’t want it to put out the wrong voltage, or have a surge that blows out your bulbs! On second thought, the light probably has a fuse or something to protect from that. Anyway, I just wanted to say “I’m sorry” and that I sympathize with you! ~Kat

    • @Anne O: Hello Anne You can get the adapters cheaper than that. As an example a quick search found one at Amazon.co.uk price is about 6 pounds (sorry don’t know how to type the proper pounds symbol). I would imagine you could find one in a local store for about less than 10 pounds or so.

      Also the unit you purchased is not our UltraDome oven but the craft glazer (not made by me) We do offer our UltraDome line in 220 to 260 volt versions by request.

      Also the torch is listed at not having fuel in it. It takes standard lighter butane fuel you can get most anywhere. I am not even allowed to ship them outside the US if they did have fuel (hazardous material).

      Hope this helps.

      • @Terry Morris: Hi Terry , I bought one of those adapters like you suggested, and tried it, it just went bang and lots of smoke, very scary, I’m so annoyed,! I waited all that time! :-( my husband had a look at it and has said it can’t be fixed ! I have to get a new one ! I so wanted to play ! ……

        • @Anne O: OMG! That must have been pretty scary to say the least. How disappointing for you. The oven is not cheap to start with plus the shipping you had to pay to get it there. I hope Terry can help you out. What would your other option be if the adaptor didn’t work? Where in Europe do you live?

        • @Anne O: I am so sorry to hear that. It must not have been a 110v adapter but something else. I have just sent you a refund of your first order that included the UV oven and micro torch (but not shipping). I am not going to ask you to return the items.

          I can tell you that I test every oven before it’s shipped and that one did work perfect. It just needed the proper adapter.

          Maybe you can find a UV oven either locally or on ebay that is already the proper voltage for your country.

          Thanks!

    • @Anne O:
      Hi all, you did have a lot of hickups Anne, LOL not funny tho.Havent got one of those torches for the head pins.
      I use a BBQ starter lighter that has a good flame for stopping the bubbles in the resin. Very cheap, just replace, if unuseable, but I havent run out of it yet. Not having BBQs so its my lighter LOL.
      I also found if I put my Dichroic ,covered in Lisa Pavelka Magic Resin, being the only resin type I coud get here, out in the sun, under glass to stop dust etc, it works well. No need to get a UV lamp, altho if I see a cheapy one will eventually get.
      Love all the pics on Dichroic in here from the Facebook page.
      Every one is running with all the new ideas Cindy is giving us.
      Thanks Cindy.
      XXXX

  4. Aw, Annie. But, if you have an electric stove or oven, you may be able to use that plug, since it’s normally always grounded. Call an electrician first, just to double check everything before you pull the switch.

      • @Judy: Nope Judy, I am here in the US. Feel bad about suggesting anything in this instance, I forget that folks have different power systems abroad. Glad to see Terry is all the ball with the refund, and Anna, so feel for you. Nothing worse than getting all excited about a new activity and run into those types of stumbling blocks.

  5. I don’t think I can, we have different voltage over here, hubby has said it will cost another £30 a for transformer, I wouldn’t mind but I just had to pay £24 in tax at customs!

    • @Anne O: Oh, Anne, how frustrating. Do make sure any adapter is a good one that will make the proper conversion. I thought I had the right thing when I was in Europe with Don [just before he was diagnosed with MDS]. We were motorhoming (rented unit) and I tried to charge my camera with its dock using a converter and blew the dock all to smitherines. You wouldn’t want that to happen with your oven.

      I’ve messaged Terry at UltraDome about this situation.

    • @Anne O: I’m afraid you will have to invest in the transformer… I was just in England last month and blew up my little travel blow dryer by not turning the switch for it to work wih British electricity. :( Or maybe you could email Terry and see if he makes a model that would work in Europe/England. So sorry you had a bad day – I hate when stuff like that happens. I hope today will be a better day for you!

      Clay On,
      ~Lisa :)

      • @Anne O: Well DUH! I should have read all the way to the bottom before posting – shouldn’t I have.. *smacks forehead* Sorry Annie O, looks like Terry has answered your questions….. :)

        ~Lisa :)

  6. If I remember rightly, over-the-sea- countries often run on 220 volts. The plug is completely different from ours, and often differs from country to country. I worked for Kodak and they had to modify any machines that went over seas because of the different voltage requirements.

  7. I love seeing everyones work. The faux dichroic tute is one of my favorites and so easy to achieve, and I love the Ultra Dome it’s so easy to use and gives my work a very professional finish.

    Oh Anne talk about having a bad day! :( I just spoke with my hubby who’s an electrician here in the states and he said you should be able to buy an adapter locally that would convert the voltage and would have the proper connection so you can use products from the U.S. I hope this helps and you have a better day.

  8. @ Ann- yes, you will have to buy an adapter and you will be able to use your oven. I came from India and had brought some electrical stuff; we had 240 volts in India and I bought an adapter and could use it without any problem.

  9. Love, Love…Love all these Faux dichroic creations! This is a fun tutorial and I plan on making more…that is for sure! Awesome work everyone! I still need to purchase the Ultra Dome. I know some of you have already purchased yours…any suggestions on where or from whom to purchase it? I am using Lisa Pavelka’s Magic Glos because I had ordered several bottles and have to use it up.

    • @Lupe Meter: Terry Has 2 websites where you can buy his products.

      ultradome.com curing ovens are heavy duty built more for professional use and epoxyjewelry.com The curing oven on this site is more for crafters. Not to be confused the ultradome product (the resin) on epoxyjewelry is called uv jewelry glaze but is the same product.

      Hope this helps. :)

  10. Dear Cindy,

    I love the Faux Dichroic Glass Technique, I have Lisa Pavelka 36 watt UV light and her Magic-Glos. I used them Tuesday on a pendent for 4 hours and it do not work. So I put it back in on Wednesday for another 4 hours and Thursday 4 hours. It is still sticky. What did I do wrong? I watched Lisa’s and your video and did the same thing. Do you have any ideal what I can do. Thank you. Debbie

    PS. I did wright to Lisa and ask her, but no answer yet.

    • @Debbie R: Hi Debbie, looks like lots of members are having resin problems (must be this cool technique!) There were similar questions on another thread yesterday, and Terry Morris, the head of Ultradome resin, replied: Resin Curing Q&A

      He basically said that nearly every “cure problem” can be traced back to some type of chemical on the surface of the item being cured. He recommends wiping your item down with isopropyl alcohol. For this particular technique, sanding your piece to remove any (oily) fingerprints and the like would probably help, too. There are lots of other tips like this on that thread, as well as the other 3 Ultradome resin articles/posts.

      The only other thing I can think of is that the bulbs in your oven aren’t emitting enough UV. They eventually DO go bad, but shouldn’t this soon. You could test this theory by trying to cure in sunshine, if that’s possible where you are.

      I understand that Lisa has a good rep. about replacing faulty bulbs or ovens, though, so if that’s the case you can most likely get them replaced. I hope I was able to help you—best of luck! ~Kat

      @Beverly L:Many people are finding great deals on eBay. They’re getting the lamps made for curing nail enamel/artificial nails. Lots of tips about this on the Ultradome resin posts, or you can try the search box to find other tips. When buying a nail lamp, the main thing is to be sure the lamp has a bypass for the 2 or 3-minute timer that often comes with them. The oven needs to remain on for at least 20 minutes without having to keep flicking a switch, lol! Best of luck, and I hope this helps! ~Kat

    • @Debbie R: Is her gloss 2 part? meaning do you have to mix the hardener with the epoxy? If so you may not have enough hardener in the mix. I buy my own from Michaels craft store. it goes a long way.

  11. I am getting ready to purchase a uv lamp. You recommended a 36v lamp on the video. Is there a particular lamp that you would recommend? Thanks, Cindy, for all of your work and help. You are doing an amazing job! Beverly

    • @Beverly L: Hi Beverly. I recommend the 36v lamp that Terry sells at either ultadome.com or epoxyjewelry.com You really can’t go wrong with the oven he sells. His customer service is fast and friendly too.

  12. What a beautiful group of Faux Dichroic! Lovely work—everyone’s doing Cindy proud! This is cool seeing “just” the Faux Dichroic together; makes for a nice collection. It’s also a good way to compare ideas if you’re thinking about trying this technique.

    I promise, I’m not up to my old ways (talking too much & leaving a gazillion comments.) It’s just that there are several topics in this one thread today! I have a question: Does anyone know if it’s possible to sort the photos in a FB album by keywords, or anything like that? Because the gallery is getting so large, it’s hard to “flip” through them quickly. Since I’m not able to play around with FB right now, I can’t test this out myself. I’m curious what can and cannot be done…

    If the album cannot be manipulated, I’m wondering if it would be a good idea to start another one, or maybe group them in sets of 100 photos or something. That way, if you want to find a particular one, you don’t have to flip through so many (albeit gorgeous!) photos. As an example, what if you had seen a pic a couple weeks ago, but couldn’t remember who made it? What steps could you take—besides flipping through the photos—to find it? Just wondering, because the gallery is just going to get bigger and bigger. A wonderful thing, but it might get to the point where it’s too hard to find one particular photo. :D

    • @Phaedrakat: I was currious about the album too. I forget if I had uploaded a picture and go searching through them all until I find out. I don’t want to do a double posting. One positive outcome, I get to see all the beautiful work everyones has uploaded.

      • @Phaedrakat & Brenda: Wow! Growing pains already… LOL! It’s a good thing we’ve got a bunch of problem solving talent in this community. If anyone wants to do some research on how to manage / organize photos on Facebook, that would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps “tagging” would work. Doesn’t FB allow us to ID photos by name and subject? I definitely agree that we should be looking into something to address this issue.

        • @Cindy Lietz from Embedded Wire Links Video: Facebook allows you to create photo albums. This might be a good way to separate out the photos … either by topic … or month … or whatever. I think you have to be the one to create the albums. You can see what I mean by going to my facebook: facebook.com/pages/Stateline-NV/Dove-DesignsR/306759126890?v=photos. Hope this link will work … took off the http and www stuff.

        • @Cheryl Hodges: Hi Cheryl, the $1 bin stamps at Michaels are constantly being changed, at least in my area. They add new ones all the time (both the clear & rubber/wood-mounted stamps,) but you have to dig in to see the selection. Check frequently, too, and try other store dept’s — they might not be in the stamp section. In one of my local Michael’s, the $1 stamps are at the back of the store — they’re right up front in the other! With the holidays coming (they’ve got the Halloween stuff displayed already!) there should be even more stamps to choose from…

          @Debbie Rhodes: I’m curious about this, too, Debbie.

          Does Michael’s carry some kind of gloss or UV Resin, Brenda? The only resin I’ve seen there, is Envirotex, which is a 2-part product. (It’s supposedly smelly, takes a couple days to cure, etc.) I’d love to hear about your experiences with this, Brenda! And if they have a new gloss/UV resin, please do tell! :D

          @Cindy Lietz: You’re right, it sure is nice to have such problems, right Cindy?! So many amazing people, photos, and interest in our Polymer Clay Tutor — whoo-HOO! I wish I had the PC- time to find a solution for this. Maybe I can go to my brother’s this weekend and use his laptop. I just can’t do it all here w/my existing resources.

          Tagging might be possible, at least I know you can tag people. My main wish is to be able to search — anyone know how to do that?

          As a temporary solution, maybe you could just start a new photo album. Leave the first gallery as-is, or cut it off at 200 or 250 photos, and move the rest to a second one. It would be less photos to sort through. It would also be pretty easy for people to remember which gallery they put their photo in — gallery #1 or #2. Darn, I wish I could experiment with this!

          • @Phaedrakat: Yes’ Evirotex is what I use. No it doesn’t take two days to cure. Perhaps two to four hours. Just make sure you mix it well. It doesn’t work well under the uv light “which you don’t need” it makes it runny. I have been using it for a long while now, and like it. You have to mix up small amounts or you can get wasteful with it. It won’t in a bottle to use for the next day or anything like that. Use it right away. I keep all my apple sauce/fruit cups to mix it in and a tooth pick. Hope this help’s.

        • @Cindy Lietz: Sorry, didn’t see Carolyn’s comment, as I was typing a “long one” and had to lay down for a while. Forgot to refresh. We had the same idea though–photo albums. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just smaller groups of photos (100 photos per album would be easy…)

          • @Carolyn & Phaedrakat: As far as I know, the “self-serve” feature that allows anyone to upload their own photos at my gallery page, does not work with the Facebook Albums :-(

            FYI: If you did not know, each picture at the Facebook Gallery does have a “permalink” url. This means you can create your own bookmarks pointing to specific photos… just like many of you are bookmarking specific posts, comments and videos at the blog here, and at the library site.

  13. @Beverly – Terry’s oven on the epoxy jewelry site is your best bet. Service is quick and you can’t go wrong with that oven. I’ve bought it and did a pendant. I did not have any problems. It was cured hard and domed in the recommended time.

  14. The di chroic pendant photos above are just awesome. I love them all. Hard to pick a favorite. Great job there!

    Anyone can recommend where I can get stamps like those? I’ve been searching Michaels, Walmart, the dollar store – no luck. I managed to get two stamps from a dollar store. Michaels has some wood backed very expensive ones. I checked their dollar bin, they only had the soft plastic kind of sheet with the designs and some wood but nothing I could really use for a pendant.

    @Lupe – I recommend Terry’s ultra dome resin and the oven from the epoxy jewelry section of the same site.

    • @Cheryl Hodges: I find it’s hit and miss at Michael’s and discount rubber stamps…seems I find things when I least expect it! Maybe a 40% coupon for those box theme sets might be worth a try? Recently I’ve been checking their jewelry discount bins…Michael’s has a lot of jewelry now as well as reduced clearance items. It takes sifting, but sometimes you can find interesting pendant frames, findings, charms and patterns that could work for faux dichroic.

      Also, those thin metal vintage type “filagrees” or stampings could work. The advantage would be smaller designs and combinations together as well. You could try thrift stores too, again some sifting through a lot of items…but a worn, tarnished looking brooch/pendant might create a lovely stamping pattern for a fairly low price. Hope this helps….

  15. Beatiful work on the pieces above. I have only did the Avatar pendants so far. I did get my Pearl Ex powders and cannot wait to make some of these.

  16. Absolutely beautiful work… You are all soooo talented..!! You’ve all inspired me – now I’ll be looking for some new stamps so I can try this technique.

    ~Lisa :)

  17. Cheryl, if I were you, I’d get in contact with the biggest stamp retailer in your area and convince them to have a swap day to sell off all the stamps their clients don’t like or use. So many of us have tons of stamps that we never touch, and oddly enough, many of those designs would be perfect for this technique. Full priced stamps have gotten very expensive, think it’s the petroleum used in production.

  18. I love this technique and am awed by the beautiful work everyone has done. I am in the middle of moving so haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but soon. Great job everyone!

  19. So true, DJ! Went to Michael’s today, but no cool stamps this time (lots in the $1 bins, though — clear & wood/rubber.) I’ll try again; I’ve found some amazing stamps there! (BTW, found deep-impressioned stamps in the soap aisle — yet another place to look!) I found some cool things on clearance though, including the set of larger-pattern Makin’s disks. They haven’t carried the extruders for quite a long time, so I guess it would be tough to get rid of the disks!

    I love your idea, DJ — using old jewelry, filigree findings, etc. for the above technique. To take it further, Cindy has an article with nearly 100 texture ideas — even more ways for Cheryl to make her Faux Dichroic without having to use a ‘regular stamp’. The post is called 40 Texture Ideas for Clay Projects (members added more in the comments!).

  20. Anne O, So good of Terry to refund you for your order.

    I’m pretty sure that I read somewhere that a salon uv gel nail curing lamp works just as well, the only thing would be to make sure you can adjust the timer to stay on for the 20 minutes and that it’s 36 watts. Perhaps that would be easier for you to purchase locally with the right wattage. Good luck to you and keep us posted!!

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