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Old 2014-04-16, 9:20am
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I bought some glass from a friend and this was in one of the boxes. It's a clear stringer with iridescent on the outside. I tried to make a bead with it and it just scummed up...even dots on another bead, like it's burning up the coating.
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Old 2014-04-16, 9:28am
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It looks like it's got dichro on it. Keep the dichroic side away from the flame. You can, if you're careful, hold it under the flame and encase the dichro side with clear. Be careful to seal the edges if you do.

I'll see if I can find more info... brb

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Old 2014-04-16, 9:29am
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This thread should help.

http://lampworketc.com/forums/showth...=sizzle+sticks

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Old 2014-04-16, 9:31am
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Dichro comes on rods, such as you have pictured and it also comes as this:

http://lampworketc.com/forums/showth...t=dichro+photo

Found another thread with pictures... and a tutorial to purchase if you are interested. It's not my tutorial and I don't even own one but thought you would like the pictures:

http://lampworketc.com/forums/showth...t=dichro+beads


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Old 2014-04-16, 10:10am
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It's not flat but round just like a commercial stringer with an iridescent coating on the outside. I've worked with dichro quite a bit and this is not like that.
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Old 2014-04-16, 10:14am
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There are some round dichro stringers out there, Sheila.
Just like regular stringers (similar thickness and length), just with one half coating of dichro.
I had some in the past, but they were black. Still remember, they also sold them in clear.
So that's my best bet.
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Old 2014-04-16, 10:30am
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I think you're right...I held it under the magnifying glass and it is only on one side. I'll have to be careful with them!
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If you encase it it's sorta manageable. And work really cool too.
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I have some I bought for fusing, haven't tried them with lampwork.
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I got some quite a while ago and have never been able to successfully use them (though I can rock regular dichro) and I know to keep it away from the flame. I'm even on a HotHead and that's too much for them. I don't do fusing. They were really expensive when I first got them - I'm thinking like $6 per stringer way back then. I just know if I get rid of them though, I'll absolutely need them for some project the next day.
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I got some quite a while ago and have never been able to successfully use them (though I can rock regular dichro) and I know to keep it away from the flame. I'm even on a HotHead and that's too much for them. I don't do fusing. They were really expensive when I first got them - I'm thinking like $6 per stringer way back then. I just know if I get rid of them though, I'll absolutely need them for some project the next day.
This! I have the same stuff, came in either black or clear, round stringer about the same diameter as any other commercial stringer. Definitely needs to be worked really carefully, but I love it. Of course, that's working cool on a hothead, on the big kid torch I'd burn it to cinders.
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