Hi Angela, dichroic glass is
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Hi Angela, dichroic glass is coated on one side only and is either clear or black backed. If it is black backed then obviously you can only fire it with the dichroic side up. However if it is clear backed then you have 2 options.
If you fire it with the clear side up then you will get a smooth finish as you are looking through the glass cap to the dichroic or you can fire it with the dichroic uppermost which will give a grainy texture, sparkly, and a bit rough.
going back to the black backed dichroic then if you want a smooth glossy finish then you can cap your dichroic with 2mm transparent glass.
BUT, you can only cap dichroic glass on a full fuse when any of it’s textures will even out in the kiln. If you are doing a tack fuse the the dichroic will maintain any of it’s features eg, rippled but will be attatched to whatever you have fired it to.
Hope this helps