Uranium Glass – Collectible Radioactive Glassware From a Bygone Era – Design You Trust — Design Daily Since 2007

Uranium Glass – Collectible Radioactive Glassware From a Bygone Era


Till Westermeyer

Believe it or not, there was once a time when people exposed themselves to harmful levels of radiation to create uranium glass – detailed, fluorescent glassware that glowed a radioactive green under black light. Some antique collectors still live with them in their homes today.

h/t: odditycentral


drdavidpowers

As its name suggests, uranium glass is a special type of glass made with uranium oxide, which gives it a yellow or yellow-green tint, but also makes it radioactive and causes it to glow green under a UV black light. The proportion of uranium in this type of glass usually varies from trace levels to about 2 percent, although uranium glass made in the early twentieth century contained up to 25 percent uranium. Interestingly, the fluorescence of uranium glass is not related to its radioactivity, but is a chemical property of the uranium. In fact, uranium glass is considered generally safe to use, as long as you don’t use it constantly…


drdavidpowers

The general rule of thumb is to treat uranium glass the same as you would any type pf leaded glass. it’s safe for occasional use, but you shouldn’t actually store foods and drinks in such containers, especially if they are acidic, as these tend to leech out the uranium. Also, you shouldn’t spend more than two hours a day cleaning your collection of uranium glass, especially if the items have a large concentration of uranium.


radioactiveantiques

Radioactive substances in uranium glassware are firmly bound by the glass, which significantly reduces the risk of their spreading into the environment. A uranium glass item with a content of uranium oxides of around 2 percent in emits about 100 μR / h, which makes it safe to use. It’s also worth noting that such items only emit radiation in a range of no more than 10-15 cm, so storing them in a glass case in a residence should pose no considerable health risks.


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques


radioactiveantiques

[Fancy_Facebook_Comments_Pro width="990"]
If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Design You Trust Facebook page. You won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Japanese Priest Adorably Still Uses “Cat Mug” Made by Daughter Even Though It’s an Eye-Stabbing Demon
Norwegian Artist Makes 'Pillows' From White Marble
You Ride This Bike Lying Down, And It Feels Like You’re Flying
"A Cathedral That Defined A City": 20 Rare Photographs Of Notre Dame From The 19th Century
Artist Bethany Bickley Creates Impressive Miniature Sculptures Out of Paper
Retro Photos In WTF Style
"Sensorial Self-Portraits": The Creatively Bizarre Photo Works Of Edu Monteiro
"Reality Called. I Hang Up": Hilariously Offensive Greeting Cards by Bluntcard
Beautiful Photos of the Ferrari 166 S
Artist Creates Animal Sculptures From Flower Arrangements
The Fantastic Cardboard Sculptures of Laurence Vallières
The Visionary Austrian Engineer Who Gave Birth to a Housekeeping Robot in the 1950s
Through the Lens of Courage: Iconic Photographs that Immortalize Pearl Jam's Fearless Concert Moments
Artist & Chief Daniele Barresi Carves Out A Unique Space Between Food And Art
Amazing Portraits Of Louis Coulon And His 11-Foot Beard As A Nest For His Cats
When Architecture Meets Nature: Fantastic Giant Wooden Objects Of Henrique Oliveira
This Cocon Sleeping Bag Chair Let You Sit And Sleep Comfortably
The Pysanka — Ukrainian Easter Eggs with Strength
Russian Duo Makes Amazing Magic Rolling Pins for A Beautiful Cookies
Amazing Rock Art Pieces By Stefano Furlani
Inside a Porsche Factory From the Early 1970s
Seeing Beauty In A Cold And Wet New York City With Moody Photos Of Saul Leiter
Giant Skeletons Emerge From A Street In Mexico City
Bizarre & Creative Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters, 1930-1988