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Three Enameling Safety Tips

Enameling is a beautiful art, but when you break 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.

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1. 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, which raises dust. Always wear a respirator when sifting enamel. Never eat or drink in the work area.

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2. When firing the enamel, either in a kiln or with a torch, make sure your work area has appropriate and effective ventilation.

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3. When putting work into or taking work out of a hot kiln, wear welding glasses or similarly rated eye protection to avoid eye damage from infrared radiation given off by the hot kiln.

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