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« on: June 29, 2010 09:26:27 AM »

I took a stained glass class with my mom about a year ago, but every since my husband got back from Korea (Army) and we moved, I haven't had much of a chance to make anything.  On top of that, I'm having a baby in August  Grin

I've had a SERIOUS crafty itch to make a few little sun catchers and what-have-you because I have SO much extra time on my hands right now, and I know I am not going to have this same oppourtinity after the Baby gets here.

My only issue is that I'm not sure if I "should".  Is there any danger in doing stained glass while pregnant?  I figured I'd wear gloves for good measure, and maybe a mask.  Do you think I should just avoid the whole thing and wait, or go for it while I have the time and inclination?
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010 03:01:04 PM »

One of the most dangerous things about working with stained glass is not the sharp glass itself...it's the fumes from soldering.  Lots and lots of information out there about the dangers.  Do you have a decent/dedicated space with more than adequate ventilation?

The other thing about stained glass is will you be copper foiling or using lead came?  Lead in came can't really get absorbed through your skin.  (According to Dennis Brady/Glass Campus) Lead poisoning comes through ingesting it.  I doubt you'll have a hankering to chew on a piece of lead....but pregnancy can induce some pretty crazy cravings.  Wink

Lastly, as you know there can also be some "dust" from grinding glass. But truthfully, if you're getting dust when you're grinding, you're doing it wrong and will wear out your bit.  But glass dust contains contaminants too.

I guess what I'm saying....if it were me...I'd pass on messing with glass right now.  That little bun in your oven is pretty precious... There are just so many things with working with glass that can be iffy if not handled properly.  Not worth the risk in my book.

Instead, spend some time designing some really great pieces for the little one to have when he/she grows up.  Family heirlooms to pass on to their kids!   Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2010 10:07:41 AM »

There is lead free solder. This guy seems to have some insight on using it for the copper foil method:
http://www.elvesofester.com/leadfree.html
Lead free solder will still produce fumes, they just won't have lead in 'em - you still might want to avoid soldering while pregnant. It seems like you could design your suncatcher, cut the glass, foil, and do just about everything up until soldering until after the baby is born.
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