METALSMITH SOCIETY'S TOP SAFETY TIPS

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Here are some of the most popular tips about safety from members of our Metalsmith Society community! 

#DIY WINDOW EXHAUST FOR A JEWELRY STUDIO FROM 
@strayjewelrydesign

USING SAFE-D-TECT TO CHECK FOR TORCH LEAKS

EAR PROTECTION FROM @amywingdesigns (CAN BE FOUND ON MY #TOOLTALKTUESDAY PAGE)

SAWING SAFETY 

KEEPING A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN YOUR STUDIO FROM

WEARING GLOVES AND HAVING PROPER VENTILATION WHEN APPLYING PATINA FROM @facetsofmyself

USING VINEGAR AND SALT AS PICKLE FROM 
@balancedcreations

TORCH SAFETY FROM @creativesidejewelry (ALSO BE SURE TO READ THE BLOG ARTICLE!)

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Here are some tips on torch safety from @creativesidejewelry - “ 1️⃣ Make sure to check the connection where the regulator screws on to the tank everytime you change the tank out. This is as easy as using soapy water and a paint brush to brush all over the threads so they are covered in bubbles. If the bubbles start growing and spurting out that means you have a leak. 2️⃣ Do not over tighten when connecting your regulator to the valve as this can strip the threading which causes leaks. 3️⃣ Chain Your Tanks Together (or to a table) so they can't fall over (the neck and regulator need to be protected from damage) 4️⃣ Practice your strike a few times before turning on your gas to get a good spark and then light right away 5️⃣ Bleed your lines when you are done working by first shutting off the main valve then relieving the pressure on the regulator then opening the valve on the torch until the pressure hits zero on the regulator (you can also hear the gas/oxygen leaving) Do this individually for the gas and oxygen, it doesn't matter what order. Make sure to close your torch valves when you're done. 6️⃣ Keep a fire exstinguisher in your studio space.” We want everyone to feel confident about using their torches, safely. Whether that’s in your garage or at your studio space. I always recommend going to your local plumbing/welding supply when you need to refill a tank and while you are there ask questions and be shown how to operate your equipment so you feel empowered. Thank you so much to @creativesidejewelry for putting this together and be sure to check out the blog article we put together: “HOW TO FEEL CONFIDENT YOU ARE SAFELY USING YOUR JEWELERS TORCH” Link is in my profile (under Torch Safety Blog) #torchsafety #metalsmithsociety #jewelrystudio #metalsmith #solderingsafety

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DUST COLLECTION SYSTEM FROM BENCH GURU (YOU CAN FIND THIS ON MY #TOOLTALKTUESDAY PAGE)

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For this week’s #tooltalktuesday I’m showing off a dust collecting system that has made my work environment MUCH safer and saves me money: the Bench Guru! As jewelers we NEED to protect ourselves from inhaling metal dust, polishing compounds and other harmful particles. Once you get metal dust in your lungs, it is there to stay. Prior to installing this I was using a 3M respirator mask however If I’m honest, I was not 100% about using it. Since upgrading to a Bench Guru I realize it is a game changer! The way it works is you install it to your bench (I have mine right under my bench pin) plug the Bench Shield in, and do your grinding and polishing right on it as it sucks all the dangerous dust into a recovery bag. A very important thing to note is that the install requires a few tools you might not have lying around, and depending on what type of bench you have you may need to take some extra steps to get it properly installed ( I created an IGTV video to show my process ) If you’re not a MacGyver you may find certain steps tricky but I assure you it’s worth it once you get it installed. I recommend getting both the BG-K002 PREMIUM PMRS® BENCH SHIELD KIT and the PMRS® Recovery Vacuum. While the Bench Guru is compatible with any shop vacuum I really like their vacuum (which is a separate purchase) because it’s quiet, compact and a breeze to use. Once you fill the vacuum bag you can send it off to the refiner and in time the system pays for itself and then some! There is no doubt that the Bench Guru is collecting metal that used to just go everywhere in my shop, and therefore is saving me money! The Bench Shield is also protecting my face! You can always wear your safety goggles too if you want to double down on the safety front! Since installing this I use it 100% of the time when I’m polishing with my flex shaft, it’s very quick to take it on and off and since I use a @grstools Benchmate System its quick to switch from my bench pin to the Bench Guru. Definitely adding this to the “Safety” section of my #tooltalktuesday website page so you can find links to purchase there! @benchguru is giving our community 10% off with code MSS10 #sponsored #metalsmithsociety

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HAKKO FUME EXTRACTION SYSTEM

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For this week’s #tooltalktuesday I’m extremely excited to discuss the @hakkousa FA-430 Smoke & Fume Extraction System. One of my goals for 2019 is to have more conversations about improving our health in the studio. I realized that although this system is an investment, it was time to step my game up! This HAKKO unit is very light (7.5 pounds) which I like because it’s easy to move around. I have one duct but it does have the option of using two. It features three suction speeds and if you watch my videos you can get an idea of how loud they are, I like how quiet the loudest setting is, If I needed to speak over it or have it on for longer periods it doesn’t bother me! The best feature of this system is its HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air, is a designation used to describe filters that are able to trap 99.97 percent of particles that are 0.3 microns). It captures dangerous solder fumes (along with any other chemical, patina, white out etc. fumes) and actually RETURNS CLEAN PURIFIED AIR BACK INTO YOUR STUDIO 🙏🏻❤️ I use it at my bench to collect the dust and debris from various flex shaft bits. I just swing the duct from my soldering station to my bench pin, I do have to say I find myself wrestling with the duct to get it into position but I think this is partly because I have it in a very tight space. This system is a game changer for me; previously I used a 3M respirator with filters but sometimes I wasn’t 100% about using it 😬 The fumes would dissipate in my studio and the dust particles would just settle. While this is by no means the only option out there if you can find a system that does have a certified HEPA filter you will be capturing the most damaging particles. I created an IGTV video (my first 😅) about my new system, if you want to see more. 😄 I am partnering with HAKKO in offering our community a 10% discount with promo code: MetalSmith10 (case sensitive, this code is good when purchased at hakkousa.com only for either FA-430 KIT (rectangular or round duct) one per person.) #metalsmithsociety #jewelrystudio #jewelrymakingequipment #Hakko #partnership #FumeExtractionSystem #FumeExtractor

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A TIP FOR REMEMBERING TO TURN OFF YOUR PICKLE POT 
@wiredlotus

PLACING A TENNIS BALL ON THE TIP OF YOUR ANVIL FROM 
@metalwerxstudio 

Thank you to everyone who shared a tip with us! This is one of the most important topics, it is so important to protect your eyes, ties your hair back and avoid wearing loose garments. Where a mask if you do not currently have a fume extractor and dust collection system. You can find a mask and some other safety equipment linked over at my #tooltalktuesday page!

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