I can concur with this. I have a basically auto immune lung
disorder. When my doc found out that I made jewelry at first he told
me I had to stop.
When I asked why, he said there were too many things that I worked
with that would make it worse. He told me if I wanted to keep doing
it I would have to avoid anything that involved flames (which really
bummed me out since the next thing I wanted to learn was to solder),
and anything that involved small particles being put into the air.
When I asked if it was OK if I wore a mask, he said only if I was
doing it for a short time, like hand polishing, drilling under water
etc. Anything that involved something like a polishing machine,
drilling for long periods of time, etc., the mask wouldn’t be enough
and even a ventilation system wouldn’t be enough. I also have to
avoid fumes, hence no LOS.
It’s kind of restricted what I can do, to say the least, but it also
allows me to be challenged as to what I can come up with using sheet
and wire that doesn’t require any of the above. I have to rely a lot
more on design skills, imagination, etc., to make pieces that are
The bright side, however, is that at least I still get to make
things and do something I love. Without that, what’s the point?