Making UV Glass

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source and safety of uranyl nitrate, UO2(NO3)2 for green UV art glass
I cannot find a source of uranium glass beads/wands for art making. It is mentioned online that one can make UV glass with a derivative of uranyl nitrate, UO2(NO3)2 . Does anyone know a source of uranyl nitrate, or raw glass material, and what are the minimum safety protocols, such as quantity, dust control, and respiration mask. Do the safety protocols change when working with raw glass, such as with off gassing or glass dust? It is my understanding either scenario is safe and legal as long as the working quantity and particulates are kept to a minimum.
 

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Baluncore
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First eBay search international for “URANIUM Czech Vaseline glass”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium_glass
Do you want to make a significant amount of glassware or do you want a few uranium glass beads for decoration?

Small beads will probably need a higher U% than thicker glassware, but you might buy the glassware new and cheap on eBay, then melt it down to cast your own beads.

You can probably buy yellow cake = uranium oxide in Australia. You will probably need to register with your state as a member of the decorative glass industry before you can get a license to buy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowcake

Depleted Uranium, DU, is used as ballast weights and may be available in the US or Europe where there is an atomic energy industry. That may be the source of the uranium in the Czech beads.

Safety issues will depend on the processes you will carry out.
You have not clearly specified the required end result.
 

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