Glow in the Dark Fun

I recently purchased some glow-in-the-dark paint from these folks; I didn’t have any specific use in mind, I just thought it’d be cool to play with. Most folks, I guess, who play around with luminescent materials like this are after decorative or artistic effects, however much they might try to pretend they’re being practical. Of the few who do inarguably practical things with glow paint or glow powder, most of their output is pretty predictable – clock and watch dials and hands, for example. Yeah, glowing exit signs are pretty cool, but when you’ve seen a tritium one, more mundane ones aren’t so exciting any more.

After goofing around with the paint for a little bit, I hit upon an interesting, halfway practical use I hadn’t seen before…

As part of the manufacturing process – which can be seen, incidentally, on an episode of How It’s Made – Smith & Wesson leave some deep dimples in the “cheek plates” of their steel handcuffs; I’ve long thought these round depressions were crying out for ornamentation, and now have found the perfect thing to fill them: glow paint.

The effect is significantly more pronounced than the picture makes it appear; the paint glows quite brightly, and for quite some time after exposure to sunlight. Not, I admit, supremely useful – but nerdy as hell, eh?

Published in: Geekiness | on May 1st, 2008| 2 Comments »

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