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Questions tagged [safety]

How to use equipment or chemicals in a safe manner.

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How to sand food safe glass by hand

I have a few kitchen items that have become chipped from use (such as pint glasses and mixing bowls) and I would like to sand them to make the edges dull so they are safe to use again. I saw the ...
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What safety precautions should I take when working with 316L/A4 steel?

I'm working with 316L/A4 steel and I was wondering which precautions I should take when heating it. I want to heat bend a 316L steel rod, so it will need to be heated up to arround 1000°C. 316 is a ...
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Why is wearing a mask recommended when carving antler?

Why do people get so concerned over antler dust when knife carving. I wear a mask when I work with it. But what if you didn't wear a mask? What would the dangers be?
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Varnish with flash point over 40 °C — safe on painted mugs when heated?

I've painted regular white mugs and want to varnish them too. But my varnish has the following specs: Gloss varnish based on alkyd resin. Flash point: Above 40 degrees Celsius. Is it safe to ...
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Are there toxic concerns with using a heatgun/torch on plastic/acrylic?

I am looking to bend a piece of plastic/acrylic (not really sure what I'm getting yet), for a craft project I am working on. I watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkpqfcg1W_o where ...
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Is there anything wrong with mixing incompatible paints?

I randomly stumbled upon this video https://youtu.be/TuEBKV6T5aU?t=31s Where a user modded his Nintendo 64 and gave it a "custom paint job." He mentions that he used 2 types of paint that were NOT ...
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How toxic is baking polymer clay?

I am considering starting to make beads with polymer clay; and would like to be able to bake it with out a new oven. So anyhow, what (if any) health risks would there be from baking polymer clay in ...
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What can I do to reduce pain while crocheting?

I understand that this will happen regardless with this kind of relative motion. Especially with smaller models where your hands are constantly trying to keep proper tension of the yarn. Still ...
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How can I remove CA glues (e.g. Super Glue) from a material?

I recently got some Super Glue on the sole of my shoe, while working on a craft. Luckily, my shoe wasn't on the ground long enough to be glued to the floor, but now, the entire bottle of superglue is ...
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What can I do to protect my hands while felting?

I just bought my first set of needles and I plan to start some felting. Going to put a face on a Pachimari. Needle felting is done by repeatably stabbing felt or roving to tangle fibers. There is ...
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How can I safely prepare bones for crafts?

Out in rural country, it's pretty easy to come across animal bones, especially skulls. If I wanted to have them on display, or carve them, what's the best way to make sure they're safe to have out? ...
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What can I do to smooth and polish hand cut glass edges?

I make small frames and boxes and I like to put in mirror and glass in those projects. In trying to avoid dealing with the question I usually frame in the mirror so that no one will see the clean cut ...
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What safety precautions should I observe while using a hot wire cutter?

Since I have never heard of one outside of this stack I was curious and looked into the use of the hot wire cutter. Most to the instructional video that use it either don't discuss, or glaze over, ...
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What kind of mask effectively protects from spray or turpentine/solvents chemicals?

The main things that I am looking for in a protective mask are: Filter efficiency: the less chemicals I breath in, the better. Comfortable and lightweight: I need to wear it for several hours ...
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How can I safely sharpen a small craft knife?

I have a small craft knife (almost like a scalpel, really) that's become rather blunt over the years. It's no longer safe to use because it's so blunt, so I need to sharpen it. What are the safest ...
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What is a good technique for drilling holes in glass bottles?

How do you drill holes in glass bottles (safely)? Do you need special drill bits, or tools? High speed drill or extra slow? I tried once on my drill press and I shattered the bottle. I've seen ...
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Can I use an airbrush inside?

I'm looking into buying an airbrush for painting miniatures, but one thing I can't figure out is if it's safe to use it inside and if I need to use any protection for breathing if I'm going to spray ...