I learned a valuable lesson two weeks ago as I was sanding baseboards and door frames at our house. By the time I finished 3 days of sanding, I had worn away a layer of skin on my fingertips and had many cracks which had a hard time healing. I tried using gloves, but was not able to then feel whether I had gotten the wood smooth and so defaulted to no gloves.
After talking to a painter friend, he told me that the experts tape their fingers to prevent this from happening. Guess I should have asked first!
This reminded me of my first use of my glass grinder. Basically when grinding the glass, you hold onto the small piece of glass and push it into the grinder wheel. If you push too hard with the sides of your fingers, you can easily cut them. And I guess since you are applying constant pressure, you don’t really feel the cut until later. But the end result is the same, very sore cracked fingers which take a while to heal! The same solution works here – tape your fingers first.
I have to remember when I have guest glass artists in my studio to warn them of this, so make sure if you are new to grinding that you do this before you pay the price.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and a special thanks to all of you for reading my blog! Welcome to the Holiday Season!