The MSDS for a lot of the substances I use for jewellery making can
make some pretty scary reading. The one for the Wolverine Ultra Flux
is pretty typical of fluoride paste fluxes such as the Easy Flo flux
that I routinely use for my work. The relevant consideration is to
have your soldering station in a well ventilated area, but the same
should apply to all of your studio.
The MSDS for the investment powder I use is pretty scary as well
which is why I use it in a separate well ventilated area and wear a
proper fitting respirator when handling investment powder. Similarly
the resins, solvents, pickles and etchants I use contain hazardous
If your jewellery making extends much beyond stringing beads you run
the risk of burning, poisoning or otherwise injuring yourself if you
are not informed of the risks and have the expertise and facilities
minimise that risk. So far in 7 years the worst that has happened is
a couple of minor burns which is better than my experience of bicycle
riding over the same time frame.
As for fluoride exposure, I get a hell of a lot more from drinking
the tap water here than it could possibly breathe in from the
miniscule quantities of flux I use. I have gone through perhaps half
a jar of Easy Flo in 5 years.
Yes it is important to be properly informed of the risks associated
with the various substances and processes we use as jewellery makers,
but get a grip as well.
All the best
Tears of the Moon Artisan Jewellery