the cake dish was something we’ve had in our family for a long time, and it’s the piece that got me started collecting the stuff, occasionally, I’ll grab my purple MiniMag with the 1 watt Cree UV LED in it, and go out to the local antique shops and hunt for Vaseline Glass
the three-sectioned condiment dish is what I picked up today, and it flouresces the most intensely of all my Vaseline glass items
the greenish-yellow color of VG is caused by 1-2% Uranium Dioxide in the mix, when hit with UV, it glows green, and yes, VG is faintly radioactive, but no more than granite rocks, or normal background radiation, Uranium Dioxide is a weak Alpha particle emitter, and the glass stops most of that anyway
I feel a little geeky for this, but that’s just cool. I’m gonna go check that old yellowish/greenish glass orange juicer thing I’ve got. That is, I’ll do that just as soon as I find a cree something with a uv something for my mini something-or-other.
I’m not into cobbling anything else together (my life already feels like one big cobble), BUT dragging an AC black light into an antique store…that sounds like fun. I picture someone maneuvering one of those 8-ft long (or however long) jobbies, balast and all, with a couple of black light tubes, trailing an extension cord up and down the narrow aisles of old and fragile glass and what not (you know, and have someone else shooting video of all the strange looks you get). THAT would be the fun. Oh, and actually finding some radioactive glass…that would be cool, too.