Working with razor sharp glass, hot metal and corrosive chemicals is all part of the stained glass creation experience. Keeping your health and well-being at the forefront of your creative act is of the utmost importance each and every day you work with glass. Take a look at this video: 7 Stained Glass Safety Tips.
Tip #1: Suit Up – wear your safety goggles.
Tip #2: (Don’t) Stay Up – stay focused when working with glass. Never work when you are tired.
Tip #3: Scrub Up – be sure to wash your hands free of any lead, glass dust or other toxins after a work session, and anytime before eating or drinking during a break.
Tip #4: Sweep Up – keep your broom and an empty container handy, and get in the habit of keeping your work area shard-free.
Tip #5: Stock Up – keep a well-stocked first aid kit close by for accidental cuts and burns. They will happen!
Tip #6: Open Up – make sure you are soldering in a well-ventilated environment.
Tip #7: Wait Up – learn to be patient during and after soldering. Remember, hot solder looks just like cold solder, and hot glass looks just like cold glass. If you aren’t sure, give it a few more minutes to cool before touching the glass.
Follow these safety tips, and you’ll be much more likely to have a long and enjoyable time working with this beautiful craft.