Have you suddenly discovered the INCREDIBLE world of arts and crafts? Love getting your fingers dirty with some HANDS ON CRAFTING? Don't forget your PPE!
PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment
and is an essential tool in your studio. It is an important investment for your future health and will ensure many years of enjoyable pain free crafting!
It may seem like a hassle putting on rubber gloves every time you want to clean your airbrush, or finding your mask and goggles when you just want to sand something quickly, but you and your body will thank you for it! When you sand something like resin the particles go into the atmosphere and you inevitably inhale them. Those particles can't be processed by your lungs, and will stay there. Imagine if you inhaled loads - it gets really dangerous.
Did you know that acetone can cause central nervous system complications and put you in a COMA if you absorb too much into your skin? Short term it causes redness, irritation and dryness of the skin. It's horrible stuff - but oh so fantastic for cleaning brushes! If you want to use acetone you need to wear a VAPOUR MASK and GLOVES!
Maybe you don't use acetone but use some other chemical - how can you find out information about it quickly? Well, usually dangerous materials have warning signs on the side that let you know if they are irritant, flammable, corrosive and lots of other things. You can see all of the warning signs and what they mean here! Looking to buy a chemical but want to know how dangerous it is first? Look for the MSDS sheet!
MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet, it lets you know what PPE you should wear and what all the risks are. A quick google search of "[material name] msds" should throw up a few .pdfs or webpages. Spend a bit of time reading them and learning HOW to read them - they are important! Some websites that sell chemicals have extra handy links right to the MSDS on the product page! See here
, the item, how to buy and the MSDS sheet. Fantastic!Links to places that sell PPE in the UKScrewfix.comMBFiberglass
- Also sell a vast range of casting and moulding equipment3M Direct
- 3M are an enormous company and are available in over 200 countries.Mouldlife.net
- I buy all casting and moulding supplies from these guys and although they don't have 3M PPE just yet they are becoming official distributors soon.Tomps
- Also casting & moulding equipment and materials.Your shopping list:
Barrier cream (Kleenall
Respiratory mask (Heavy duty for fumes
and lightweight for dust and paint mist
High performance heavy duty hand cleaner (Swarfega
, E-POX-EE (US only)
-------------PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS if you are planning to make and cast art dolls! It is boring but it is IMPORTANT! Take care of yourself and your body, needle pricks and scalpel slices are bad but cancer and nervous system failure are A LOT WORSE and that's an understatement.