Gilson opals are simulated opals that have been created in a
laboratory environment with added silica, making them
compatible with borosilicate glass as well as very heat
resistant. .These opals have been around since the early
1800's. These opals are amazingly fiery with many greens,
blues, purples, orange, and reds and are available in clear,
white, black and, rarely, purple.
|What is borosilicate glass?
Borosilicate glass is a silica-based glass
with boron added to the mix that can resist
thermal shock (extreme temperature
changes). It is virtually Indestructible when
compared to other types of glass.
Borosilicate glass is ideal for making objects
that will be put through drastic temperature
changes such as kitchen ventilation hoods,
counter tops, and outdoor sculptures even
in extreme climates. We are currently
experimenting with these types of
applications and hope to introduce our
industrial line of artistic borosilicate
products very soon.
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|Gemstones and glass
There are many natural gemstones and
minerals. Some of these natural
gemstones and minerals are compatible
with borosilicate glass and some are not.
Some of the most amazing gemstones
that are compatible with boro glass are
literally from out of this world. They
include Moldavite, a rare green type of
meteorite glass found only in the
Moldova river in Russia and Tektite, a
black meteorite found only in various
areas of Thailand ,China, and Arizona .
Diamonds and several types of quartz
can also be put in boro glass, but these
minerals crackle leaving an effect that
yields many small rainbows. We will
keep experimenting with these gems and
minerals to bring you unique forms of
Some of our glass is coated with a
layer of .999 silver and or 22 to 24
karat gold to add different types of
coloring .Silver yields blues,purples
and whites and gold will yield pink,
purple and even a gold layer.
Together these metals yield dark
purple to sea greens and teals.
|What is dichroic glass?
Dichroic glass is 15 to 45
layers of metal oxides
sprayed onto a flat sheet
of glass in a vacuum
chamber in a laboratory
environment. It has been
around for about 100
years, but in the art glass
world for only a few.
Dichroic glass is used in
missiles and a variety of
other applications. The
material was invented by
|Glass Antixx Contemporary Borosilicate Glass Art Studio