I make furniture in wood and metal. Never worked glass before.
There's a technique I'm keen to try which involves insetting "jewels"
of glass into forged ironwork. You work the iron, hot-punch a hole
into it maybe 1/2" across then fill it with a rough piece of scrap
glass. Some work with an oxy-acetylene torch and some hammering and
it's held in place. Contraction as the iron cools holds it in place.
Now I assume that the way to learn to do this is just to do it, make
some rubbish and then work the details out for myself.
Now the complication. I have some scrap uranium glass here, the green
vaseline sort that fluoresces under UV. Any advice on working that, by
the above technique ? Is there a significant toxicity hazard to
working uranium glass with a handheld torch ?
I have two benches, one with fume extract and one without, and another
bench that's in a real chem lab fume cupboard. Is it worth going for
one of the fume-extracting ones, or just do it in the open ? (one is
50 miles away, the other is 200)
Thanks for any advice !
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- posted 16 years ago