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General Sculpture

Art Safety Training Guide - Section 14: Sculpture 
A resource that lists the many different types of materials used in traditional sculpture and their accompanying dangers.  The Baylor safety training guide also contains sections on many other areas of the arts.

      If doing casting in resin or plastic, or 3-D printing, it is important to remember that even on a small scale these processes mimic industrial machines and precautions should be taken. Heating up plastic or other materials can emit fumes and nanoparticles, so be sure that the machines are enclosed and there is good ventilation in the room. 


first steps to green your jewelry 
A general guide on how to make your jewelry, and the process of making it more sustainable.
Safer Alternatives 
A list of safer alternatives that can be used by silversmiths.
Potentially Harmful Substances Encountered By the Metalsmith
A comprehensive list of the common dangerous chemicals that are used by metalsmiths.
The Jewelry Workshop Safety Report
By Charles Lewton-Brain
A dense book on the risks metalsmiths and jewelers face in the studio. It details physical hazards and also offers suggestions on safer alternatives to chemicals and processes.

HAZMAP Jewelry Making
This HAZMAP database page contains links to information on chemicals commonly used in jewelry making.


Jewelry & Glass Safety Manual 
A very brief list of the hazards that accompany each part of the process of glass work and using the glass in other art forms such as jewelry.  This includes cleaning, etching, patinas, soldering, and glass blowing.

Lead Hazards 
A fact sheet by TURI on lead can be found here.

HAZMAP Glassblowing
This HAZMAP database page contains links to detailed information on chemicals commonly used in glassblowing.

Toxics Use Reduction Institute - University of Massachusetts Lowell
600 Suffolk St. - Wannalancit Mills - Lowell MA 01854

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