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Believe me, I used the search function, I pored over what threads I could find, and I still am confused.
Is there something that will provide suitable eye protection for both boro and soft glass? Or do I need to just get something for soft glass and some welding clipons?
I haven't touched any boro yet, but I don't want to start out by screwing up.
Any help you can provide is very much appreciated. :smile:
I'd say get yourself some aura lenses
I was in the same boat as you. I talked with the folks at Aura Lens and ended up getting AUR-92s plus a pair of the welders clip ons. They work great for both boro and softglass.
I finally broke down and purchased some Boroscopes from Phillips, those clips-ons weren't fun. I use them for both soft glass and boro. The are much more comfy.
I do have separate pairs, AUR92's for soft glass, and 3/5 splitties for boro. However the only reason I do this is that my eyes tend to be sensitive to light, and too much can cause a migrane. That is why I am using darker lenses for boro. Mr. Smiley taught our boro class using just the AUR92's. (if I remember correctly)
Smiley, say it ain't so!!! Those AUR-92's would not protect the eyes from colored boro.:shock:
I have separate pairs for each type of glass -- the clip-ons drove me nuts (too heavy) so it was worth it for me to get a pair of boro glasses once I was sure I wanted to more than just play around now and then.
The Phillips lenses do not protect your eyes from IR.
I use number 5 welder shades over my auralens glasses.
Boy they do make things dark!
I just attended a panel discussion about torches, etc. and the artist (works in boro) representing Herbert Arnold torches had some very interesting things to say about eye protection... or rather, the lack of need for certain protections. Mike, you might be interested in what she had to say.
When asked about candle glare on a Herbie, she acted like she didn't know what that was, as she has never experienced it in the 11-12 years she has been working on her Herbie. So, I would take anything she said with a grain of salt...
So, um, yeah, there you go. Some people will tell you that you don't need any protection other than didymium filters for boro. Other people will tell you that you do need more. Who would you believe? How safe do you want to be? These are the big questions.
Personally, when I work boro, I wear my AUR split lens goggles (shade 5, I believe). I bought them with my own money a long time ago before I ever worked at Mike's AuraLens booth.
I was using this arrangement up until last Monday;
it's a pair of AUR92's with the frame drilled to take the wired-on welder's frame and green shade 5 inserts -talk about way over filtered and Belizean ingenuity heh heh
Now the Auralens prescription 3/5 splits arrived I can honestly say the quality of my work has improved because I can actually see what I'm doing. So I can work faster and more efficiently.
I also have the peace of mind knowing my eyes are properly protected.
If things continue as well as they are lately I'll soon have a GTT logo on the truck.
(Boroholic in the sun)
I just ordered my boro readers from Mike. From everything I've read, I think they're the best choice. I was suprised that boro lenses are so pricey, but then, pretty much everything to do with boro is expensive! Plus, my boyfriend and I will be able to swap out as we wear the same strength readers. Not to mention that he paid for them, wa ha. Go, Mike!
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