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Old 02-19-2004, 01:50 PM
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Faux dicro technique!

Ok, I'm a newbie and am still learning. So my photos aren't of fabulous beads, but they do show this cool faux dichro look I stumbled upon.

I was experimenting with some of my rubber stamping embossing powders while making beads to see what would happen. The powders that are "pearl" style seem to make my beads look like I used dichroic glass! I tried several colors with different results, but so far I've been rather pleased.

I rolled the bead in just a bit of powder when the red cooled off, then brought it back into the flame to liquify it a bit. Sometimes I did seem to get spots (like on the silver pearl), I'm not quite sure why. But do wear a mask while rolling the beads in the powder, it does get rather smelly.

The beads shown were done in black, rolled in powder, then encased with clear.
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Old 02-19-2004, 01:53 PM
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Re: Faux dicro technique!

Wow! That does look like dichroic! Are you using Pearl-Ex?
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Old 02-19-2004, 01:59 PM
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Re: Faux dicro technique!

The plum pearl brand powder is Stamp-n Stuff by Mark Enterprises. The others are just called Embossing Pearl by Ranger.

I also forgot to mention, a 1 oz. jar only cost me $3, and a little goes a long ways.
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Old 02-19-2004, 11:27 PM
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Re: Faux dicro technique!

hey mary,

those look great!! where did you buy the embossing powders? i especially love the blue and plum ones.
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Re: Faux dicro technique!

I'd like to know too. Those beads look cool!

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Re: Faux dicro technique!

You can buy the powders at any paper/rubber stamping store. Michaels probaby even has them. But they have to be "pearl" to get the right look. I tried some of my other powders, and they just burned off.
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You can buy the powders at any paper/rubber stamping store. Michaels probaby even has them. But they have to be "pearl" to get the right look. I tried some of my other powders, and they just burned off.

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Re: Faux dicro technique!

If I am not mistaken, embossing powders are a granulated plastic. That would tend to be toxic if melted in a flame. A torch is much hotter than a heat gun which is designed for embossing. I'm not sure that is safe. Please be careful. If anyone has more specific information on this, please tell us.

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Re: Faux dicro technique!

[quote=Beadazoid]If I am not mistaken, embossing powders are a granulated plastic. That would tend to be toxic if melted in a flame. A torch is much hotter than a heat gun which is designed for embossing. I'm not sure that is safe. Please be careful. If anyone has more specific information on this, please tell us.
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Dear Mary B,

Since they're not burning up in the flame, I'm guessing that the 'pearl' luster powders contain mica, similar to the 'pixie dust' fusers use. If it is, then I've heard it's best to apply it thinly or leave some bare glass for the casing glass to fuse to, as some people have had problems with incomplete fusing of layers. Of course, that's assuming they're the same thing!
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Re: Faux dicro technique!

Melted plastic can be extremely toxic so this is not a technique you want to do unless using a mask. And I mean an industrial mask with filters that can handle burning esters and phthalates. If you take these precautions and have a well ventilated area then you should be fine. I could not find any mention on the internet of what plastics these things are made of though to be more specific. Remember that many people in house fires die of toxic smoke inhalation from the plastics burning in their houses. Also work higher up in the flame to melt, this may help reduce the fumes.

That said, be careful and have fun!

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Christy (used to be a chemist in an earlier life, now a computer geek and budding bead artist)



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Re: Faux dicro technique!

I have some tiny, tint, tiny glass marbles like size of a pencil point and on the pkg it says use on any surface with tape or glue even fabric glue.One pkg is multi color and one gold. Wonder if they could work on surface of beads or just melt away? Anyone used them? Being they say they are glass so I assume they are. Peg M
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Re: Faux dicro technique!

Ok I went and checked the Pearl embossing powders at Michaels today. They are, indeed made of mica. Mica is a stone and seems to have been used to burn things such as incense (in Japan) and for the front of wood stoves in New England at one time. This would mean that they are combusted regularly without too much toxic stuff or they wouldn't have used it for those purposes. So, I am planning on trying this out myself.

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Re: Faux dicro technique!

Post your photos if you make something with this! I want to see what others come up with.
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Re: Faux dicro technique!

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I have some tiny, tint, tiny glass marbles like size of a pencil point and on the pkg it says use on any surface with tape or glue even fabric glue.One pkg is multi color and one gold. Wonder if they could work on surface of beads or just melt away? Anyone used them? Being they say they are glass so I assume they are. Peg M


I occasionally use some tiny gold glass marbles, they create a sort of odd whiteish-goldish color and are usually dots almost like frits. They are interesting to play with, but I am not a big fan, maybe another color might work better?
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Re: Faux dicro technique!

It is mica powder, Mica is great stuff in beads, I have used Mica that I found out in the desert even with good success.

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