This month I'd like to offer you some tips for studio safety and comfort -
- When sanding, sawing or cutting clay, always wear a dust mask and safety goggles!
- "Tender Tape" or finger tape is a great aid in protecting your fingers and providing additional gripping power for holding tools.....but, it will only protect you from minor scrapes and abrasions, not cuts, so be sure to always cut away from yourself when using craft knives or scalpels.
- Reduce fatigue by taking frequent work breaks for both your body and your eyes. For your body, do some mild stretches or get up and go for a short walk around the house. For your eyes, rest them by looking at something more than 20 feet away for 20 seconds (eye care professionals recommend the "20/20 rule" for computer work and close-up work, and that you take these short vision breaks every 20 minutes)
- My neurologist advised me years ago that leaning my forearms on the work table can cause permanent nerve damage! My husband came up with a great solution - if you are a "leaner" put a piece of pipe insulation along the edge of your work table, it comes in various sizes and can be easily taken off and put back on when you need to clean the table.
Hoping all of you are having a safe and happy New Year!