How To: Safety Basics
Published: October 9, 2007
Metal clay |
• Use your kiln in a well-ventilated area to sinter clay.
• All tools should be dedicated for nonfood use.
• Follow manufacturers' instructions for programming your kiln and for sintering times and temperatures.
• Do not torch-fire metal clay pieces that have a core inclusion, such as cork or wood clay.
• Do not sinter or torch-fire metal clay pieces that are not completely dry, as they may explode.
• Wear eye protection at all times while working with metals, wire, and metalsmithing tools.
• Wear a nonflammable apron to protect your clothing.
• Tie back long hair.
• Work in a well-ventilated area at all times.
• Wear close-toed shoes.
• Do not wear clothing or jewelry that might get caught in machinery or catch fire.
• Wear a dust mask while working with materials and tools that generate particulates.
• Read all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) before using a new material, and keep a copy of the MSDS for any material you use.
• Do not use tools or chemicals in ways that are contrary to the manufacturer's intended purpose.
• Wear protective gloves while handling caustic materials or chemicals.
• Keep a properly rated fire extinguisher and a source of clean water near your workstation.
• Keep cutting tools sharp and all tools and equipment properly maintained.