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This article Amy Roper Lyons offers two things: a Plique-a-Jour pictorial and three safety tips when handling or working with enamel.
Three Safety Tips
Enameling is a beautiful art, ut when you reak it right down, it comprises three dangerous aspects: tiny glass particles, harmful fumes, and infrared radiation. Amy Roper Lyons offers three quick tips to deal with each of these.
- When working with dry enamel powders, take care to not create dust. "I prefer wet packing as there is no dust," Lyons says. When working, wet-wipe countertops and wet-mop your shop floor instead of vacuuming, whixh raises dust. Always wear a respirator when sifting enamel. Never eat or drink in the work area.
- When firing the enamel, either in a kiln or with a torch, make sure your work area has appropriate and efective ventilation.
- When putting work into or taking work out of a hot kiln, wear welding glasses or similarly rated eye protextion to avoid eye damge from infrared radiation given off by the hot kiln.
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