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Safety and Substitutes


#1

Hi all,

I am preparing a paper for next year on safety in the studio and
substitutes, that is substitute procedures or processes that
reduce hazard in the studio. Can anyone offer me ideas on this?
(credit will of course be given for anything used). An example is
using citric acid instead of sparex and in turn sparex instead of
sulfuric acid. Another might be water-based solvents as
degreasers instead of more toxic solvents (and can anyone point
me at some of these they use and like?) Thanks!! Charles

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#2

Charles,

Safety tip in the shop off the top. Use cornstarch to powder
molds instead of talc or baby powder. Talc cannot be removed
from the lungs by the body corn starch is organic and
biodegradeable by the body. New paper sounds like something
long overdue. Also a respirator should always be worn when
mixing or handeling investment. This stuff is a killer!


#3

A few weeks ago I ran across a web sight selling a non-toxic
alternative to asphaltum varnish. The product is called The Z
acryl, and is removable with non-toxic substances. I have never
used it, but I have orderd some and will give more feedback when
I try it. This is a brif exert from their web page: "Z
ACRYL
ETCHING SYSTEM is a line of integrated materials specifically
designed for the field of fine art intaglio printmaking. A0They
represent the most progressive technologies available for etching
and photoetching."

For more info see their web sight at:

http://www.10mb.com/zacryl/index.html

isaac


#4

Here are some general internet sites relating to hazards in the
arts.

http://tmn.com:70/0/Artswire/csa/arthazards/genarthaz/arthaz

http://gopher.tmn.com:70/0/Artswire/csa/arthazards/ahn/

http://www.olywa.net/flex/craft.html

Mike


#5

Thanks everyone for the comments on this, I appreciate them.
Please post more if you think of anything.

Charles

Brain Press
Box 1624, Ste M, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2L7, Canada
Tel: 403-263-3955 Fax: 403-283-9053 Email: @Charles_Lewton-Brain

Metals info download web site: http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/tip_sear.htm
Product descriptions: http://www.ganoksin.com/kosana/brain/brain.htm
Links list hosted at the Metal Web News:
http://tbr.state.tn.us/~wgray/jewelry/jewelry-link.html