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Tool Tuesday - Essentials (Eyewear)

Appropriate eyewear is an absolute essential for lampwork.  Glass in the flame produces a bright yellow/orange sodium flare that makes it difficult to see what you are doing and more importantly can cause permanent eye damage with repeated and prolonged exposure. 

These are my didymium glasses specifically designed for working with soft glass.

This is what I would see if I didn't wear the glasses and as you can see it would be difficult to see the bead through the sodium flare.

This is the view through the glasses.  A rose tinted view to the glass on the mandrel without the bright sodium flare.