Looking for safety glasses for use with soft glass?
Didymium Safety Glasses
Didymium safety glasses are known by a lot of names: rose didymium, rose glass, ACE, ACE 202, Phillips 202, even “purple glass,” but these all refer to the same didymium lenses.
Didymium safety glasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and sodium flare, both of which are associated with torch work when bead making and silver soldering.
Sodium flare is emitted by soft glass as well as borosilicate glass (pyrex) during torch work, but borosilicate releases IR in addition to UV and sodium flare. If you are working with both types of glass, you can use a green shade 2, 3, or 5 plastic clip-on flip-up to augment your didymium safety glasses. Our Green Ace Shade 3 and 5 work best for those doing torchwork exclusively with borosilicate or pyrex (scientific) glass.
If you’re shopping for didymium safety glasses, here’s what you need to know:
- Didymium safety glasses are known as rose glass, rose didymium, ACE, Phillips Ace 202, and purple glass. These are all the same thing.
- Didymium safety glasses protect you from UV radiation and sodium flare caused by beadmaking and silver soldering as well as other torchwork with soft glasses.
- Didymium safety glasses will not protect you from IR emitted during torch work with borosilicate (pyrex; scientific) glass and during kiln observation. For these and other situations involving IR, you should augment your didymium glasses with plastic green IR clip-on flip-ups.
- Didymium safety glasses are available in wraparound, prescription, standard, economy, and several other frame types.
- Didymium safety glasses are also available with plastic lenses (traditionally, they are glass) and in plastic clip-on flip-ups.
If you are doing any type of torchwork with soft glass or silver soldering, didymium safety glasses are for you.
Didymium safety glasses are found in most art glass shops and many other artists’ shops. If you are working with any type of soft glass, you probably have a use for these safety glasses.
If you have any questions about didymium safety glasses or what type of safety glasses you need for your work, give us a call or leave a comment below. There are those working in neon lighting who use didymium safety glasses, as well as a few other special needs that didymium safety glasses fill. We’ll let you know which safety glasses are best for you. Thanks for reading, and stay safe!