I have a studio setup in my basement that utilizes parts of three
separate rooms. I do most of my forming and finishing in a room with
a very small window that does little to facilitate any sort of
ventilation. I do a little soldering using a small butane torch in
this room. I don’t do any casting or anything of that sort, at least
not yet. Anything requiring a sink happens in my laundry room, which
has no windows at all. About the most noxious thing I do in there is
use liver of sulfur, which I do pretty infrequently. I can envision
doing some etching in there eventually. In my garage, I have an
acetylene torch that I use infrequently (it would be better placed
inside, but I’m nervous about bringing it into my house), a kiln, and
enameling station. There is a decent window in this room, though I
live in a climate that’s pretty darn cold in winter, so opening
windows for ventilation is not really an option.
As I get a little more serious about my jewelry making and spend
more time on it, I’d like to make sure that I have taken appropriate
safety precautions. I wear a good dust mask with removable filters,
but I’m thinking it’s time for even more protection.
Does anyone have advice on good dust collection/fume extraction
equipment? Ductless is preferable. I’ve looked at the following
Hakko Fume Extraction System
I like that this one is portable. Does it help at all with dust, or
is it really just meant for fumes? Also, does anyone know if
enameling itself produces any dangerous fumes and would the Hakko
unit help with that? (I only use Thompson unleaded enamels, but I
know some of them have things like selenium, but I’m not sure if
those elements off gas.)
Dura-Bull Fume and Dust Extractor
I like that this one states that it works for fumes and dust, but it
isn’t really portable.
The last postings I could find on this topic were several years old.
I’d love to know what people are using now and what works really
Thanks so much!