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Lampworking Protective Eyewear for Soft Glass
If you’re looking for lampworking protective eyewear for soft glass, the type of protection you need depends on what type of work you do.Working with soft glass could involve a torch, a furnace, or both. If you’re working with a furnace, you need to protect yourself from UV and IR with a pair of light green glasses. Our LG glasses are designed for this (GB-LG) and are perfect for off-hand glassblowing, glory hole work, and furnace work.If you’re working with a torch, you’ll need protection from sodium flare and UV. Our Phillips 202 Ace Didymium lenses, or GB-P2, will protect you from sodium flare and UV associated with soft glass torchwork.We have clip-ons to augment either of these so that you can use it for the other when needed, which I’ll explain in the list below.Here’s what you need to know about lampworking protective eyewear for soft glass:
- If you work with soft glass, you either need IR and UV protection for furnace/glory hole work, or UV and sodium flare protection for torch work.
- If you work with glory hole, furnace, or off-hand glassblowing, you’ll need our Light Green, GB-LG, glasses, which protect from IR and UV.
- If you do soft glass torchwork, you’ll need our Phillips 202 Ace Didymium, GB-P2, glasses, which protect from sodium flare and UV.
- If you do both, our Boroscope lenses (GB-G3 and GB-G5) protect from UV, IR, and sodium flare, but they’re dark. It’d be better to augment your eyewear with a clip-on:
- Those who work more with torchwork will want to get GB-P2 glasses and augment them with our WLD-S2-PCO plastic clip-on flip-up, which you can wear on top of your GB-P2 glasses while doing furnace work and remove for your torch work.
- Those who work more with furnace observation or glory hole work will want to get GB-LG glasses and augment them with our GB-SFP-PCO plastic clip-on flip-up, which can be worn on top of your GB-LG glasses during torchwork and removed when working with a furnace.
No matter what type of lampworking with soft glass you do, we have the right protective eyewear for you.If you’re a little confused about some of the instructions here, or if you’re not really sure yet what’s going to work for you, give us a call or leave a comment on this post. It’s important to get the right protection for the work you’re doing, and we want you to shop with confidence. Thanks for reading, and stay safe!