am interested in suppliers for the glasses that you use for making glass
beads. Can't remember the proper term for them seems like it was berilium
or something spelled right... tnks Richard Marlin
Those are dydium glasses. However, if you plan to be a full time
beadmaker/glass worker, get the Aura 92s. The dydiums have a coating and
cost about $50. The Aura 92s have the "shield" material ***d in
the glass, and cost a little over $200. You can do a search for Aura 92,
Arrow Springs glass, or any other glassmaking supplier.
Good to see contributing in this group.
I have been using didymiums (I always have a problem with that word) for
3 years; and recently noticed that my eyes are beginning to itch even
when I am working Moretti. I suspect this is because I am working
longer at the torch and that I am working with larger pieces.
A couple of weeks ago in the flameworking class at Brian Kerkvliet's, I
tried both the AUR-92 and AGW-186 and really liked them. I will doing
some furnace work at the farm in September, so I have ordered a pair of
AGW-186 clip-ons from Mike Frantz.
For those monitoring this message thread, yes the Aura glasses are
expensive; but keep in mind that you are only issued one pair of eyes.
There is more to the spectrum coming from your torch/glass than the
obvious sodium flare. IR and UV are there in abundance and really zip
right through most didymium glass.
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