Glowing Glass

Purple Foxglove Purple Foxglove
Adam Burns
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Your UV glowing toys look super amazing, and I get how they work. But how about the ones that don't require a blacklight or anything, just a good "charging" under a 60 Watt light bulb? What kind of super amazing fantastic technology is that ?
08/14/2009
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Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by Purple Foxglove
Your UV glowing toys look super amazing, and I get how they work. But how about the ones that don't require a blacklight or anything, just a good "charging" under a 60 Watt light bulb? What kind of super amazing fantastic technology is ... More
Great question! Now I'm curious too. It is phosphorescence caused by a natural additive to the glass? Hmmm, plankton-y glass
08/14/2009
Purple Foxglove Purple Foxglove
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Originally posted by Victoria
Great question! Now I'm curious too. It is phosphorescence caused by a natural additive to the glass? Hmmm, plankton-y glass
And they're SO pretty!! lol
08/14/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
Maybe it's like normal glow in the dark stuff, where you're supposed to expose it to white light (sunlight, light bulb, etc) to "charge" it before it glows in the dark. What I wonder is if that's 100% safe for my body? I'd just like to have a guarantee or something. Glow in the dark things have always fascinated me and creeped me out simultaneously.
08/14/2009
Adam Burns Adam Burns
I wanted to reply to everyone regarding the glowing glass..and also thank everyone for their interest in the XHale brand.

Let me preface this post by saying that I can only vouch for products that we manufacture. XHale is one of only two branded American glass manufacturers that still manufacture here in the States...allowing us to have superior quality control.

Basically, the products that simply require a "charge" under a lightbulb incorporate a phosphorus chemical that is first baked into the glass , then crushed into a powder. The powder is then added to the toys in the manufacturing process. When a consumer receives a finished XHale product, the phosphorus glass has already been completely encased in borosilicate glass, which is 100% non-porous. It is impossible to come into contact with any material inside of the glass. There really is no way to "safe" cut corners when working with glass (ultimately saving time and labor costs), and that is why you do not see this type of product coming from overseas...it's just too cost ineffective to properly manufacture this type of product on a larger production line.

For those of you interested in glowing products, stay tuned... the company that supplies us with the glowing glass powder is working on some great new glow in the dark glass which we will be working with very soon!

I also wanted to take the opportunity to welcome any and all questions regarding glass toys...not just XHale products, but toys from anyone. We are experts in this field and our creative designer and Vice President of the company Kevin Kroldart will be answering your questions and most importantly educating you, as consumers on what to look for and how to monitor and justfy what you are paying for when buying glass.
08/17/2009
Victoria Victoria
Quote:
Originally posted by Adam Burns
I wanted to reply to everyone regarding the glowing glass..and also thank everyone for their interest in the XHale brand.

Let me preface this post by saying that I can only vouch for products that we manufacture. XHale is one of only two ... More
Thanks for all the info, Adam! Will Kevin be setting up an account and be on the Xhale Team?
08/17/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
Quote:
Originally posted by Adam Burns
I wanted to reply to everyone regarding the glowing glass..and also thank everyone for their interest in the XHale brand.

Let me preface this post by saying that I can only vouch for products that we manufacture. XHale is one of only two ... More
I'm so glad you explained that the other materials are completely encased by glass by the end of production. I'm a worrier by nature, so the reassurance is more than welcome! I also appreciate the information about the benefits of producing inside the States.
08/17/2009
Adam Burns Adam Burns
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Originally posted by Victoria
Thanks for all the info, Adam! Will Kevin be setting up an account and be on the Xhale Team?
You're welcome Victoria, and yes we will need to get Kevin set up with an account.
08/17/2009
Purple Foxglove Purple Foxglove
Wow, I'm very impressed (of course) and your stuff is absolutely beautiful, I'm sure I'll be ordering one as I work through my wishlists! lol, Thanks for the very thorough answer, and I'll keep an eye out for the new stuff!
08/17/2009
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Quote:
Originally posted by Adam Burns
I wanted to reply to everyone regarding the glowing glass..and also thank everyone for their interest in the XHale brand.

Let me preface this post by saying that I can only vouch for products that we manufacture. XHale is one of only two ... More
Adam - i've been waiting for a glowing glass toy with a handle for partner play - i hope that's on your development schedule!
08/18/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
Thanks for all the information Adam. These are very interesting products.

Are your glass products completely solid? I've recently seen some glass toys that were actually hollow inside and that concerns me.
08/18/2009
Adam Burns Adam Burns
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Originally posted by Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
Thanks for all the information Adam. These are very interesting products.

Are your glass products completely solid? I've recently seen some glass toys that were actually hollow inside and that concerns me.
We have 2 or 3 products that start off with heavywall glass tubing rather than a solid rod. When the proper steps are taken to ensure structural integrity, hollow pieces (at least XHale pieces) are just as structurally sound as those manufactured from solid rod. I agree with you, most hollow pieces should be a major concern. Many glassblowers also work in the "smoke shop" business and are used to only working with hollow tubing. These types of glassblowers do not use the European glass that we use, and use a much thinner wall tube which could raise some concern. XHale has never been in the counterculture business and has set the standards for American glass toy manufacture.

On a side note, even with the lower quality/priced glass, it would take quite a bit of pressure to actually break, more than one's body could produce, so you probably don't have too much to worry about...but to be safe, know who is making your glass. Only purchase from truly branded and established manufacturers. There is a reason why we have been branded a "boutique" line. We have invested the money to properly build a respected, quality company...with superior products.

Be very cautious of "new" companies out there. Most do not have the years of experience with lampworking that is vital for the production of a safe, quality toy.

Thanks for the question

Adam
08/18/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
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Originally posted by Adam Burns
We have 2 or 3 products that start off with heavywall glass tubing rather than a solid rod. When the proper steps are taken to ensure structural integrity, hollow pieces (at least XHale pieces) are just as structurally sound as those manufactured ... More
Thanks so much for all the information Adam.

What concerned me about the hollow product I saw was not that had apparently been filled with some type of water-like liquid to make it seem solid. The bottom of it had a tiny hole where the company had apparently injected the fluid and then sealed the hole. The hole sealant had come out and the glass toy started leaking fluid.

It was, to say the least, gross.
08/18/2009
zeebot zeebot
That is so cool, I didn't have any idea there was glowing glass!
03/09/2011
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