Post: Lampworking Protective Eyewear for Soft Glass

Lampworking Protective Eyewear for Soft Glass

When it comes to lampworking with soft glass, selecting the right protective eyewear is essential for your safety and the quality of your work. The type of protection you need depends largely on the specific tasks you perform, which may involve using a torch, a furnace, or sometimes both.

Furnace Work Protection

If your work primarily involves using a furnace, it’s crucial to protect yourself from the harmful effects of UV and IR radiation. This type of work includes off-hand glassblowing, glory hole work, and other furnace-related activities. For these purposes, our Light Green glasses are specifically designed to provide the necessary protection. These glasses are ideal because they effectively filter out UV and IR radiation, ensuring that your eyes are shielded from these potentially damaging wavelengths.

Torchwork Protection

On the other hand, if your lampworking involves using a torch, you’ll need protection from both sodium flare and UV radiation. The intense light and heat generated during torchwork can produce sodium flare, which is a bright yellow-orange glare that can be harmful to your eyes over time. For this type of work, our Phillips 202 lenses are the perfect solution. These lenses are specially designed to protect against sodium flare and UV radiation, allowing you to work comfortably and safely.

Protection for Both Furnace and Torch Work

In situations where your work requires both furnace and torch use, we offer a versatile solution with our BoroView lenses (BoroView 3.0 and BoroView 5.0). These lenses provide comprehensive protection from UV, IR, and sodium flare. However, they are quite dark, which can be less convenient in certain working conditions. Therefore, a more practical approach might be to enhance your primary eyewear with clip-ons, allowing you to adapt to different tasks without compromising on protection.

Augmenting Torchwork Glasses for Furnace Work

If your primary focus is on torchwork, you might consider using the Phillips 202 glasses. To make them suitable for furnace work, you can augment these glasses with our Green Welding clip ons. This clip-on can be worn over the Phillips 202 glasses when you are working with a furnace and then easily removed when you switch back to torchwork. This flexibility ensures that you always have the right level of protection for the task at hand.

Augmenting Furnace Work Glasses for Torchwork

Conversely, if your work predominantly involves furnace or glory hole activities, the Light Green glasses are more appropriate. These glasses can be paired with the Sodium Flare Poly clip ons, which can be added for torchwork and then removed when returning to furnace tasks. This combination allows you to seamlessly transition between different types of work while maintaining optimal eye protection.


No matter what type of soft glass lampworking you do, we have the right protective eyewear to meet your needs. We understand that choosing the correct eyewear can be confusing, especially with the variety of options available. If you have any questions or need further clarification about the best options for your specific work, please don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a comment on this post. Our goal is to ensure that you have the correct protection, and we are here to help you make an informed decision with confidence. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities, and we want you to shop with confidence knowing that you have the best possible protection for your lampworking activities.

If you still aren’t sure which lampworking glasses are right for you, it’s a good idea to give us a call at 1-866-575-1307 or talk to us through our chat or e-mail us at

Our experts will be able to tell you what you need for your application.


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