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Topic: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE!  (Read 308266 times)
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« on: October 04, 2004 07:33:42 AM »

I was just cutting up my recycling with a box cutter - a dull one at that - and while for the most point I was obeying all safety rules but I did find myself "cheating" for the sake of time and ease.  Then I remembered how a year ago I had to get stitches in my hands FOUR TIMES IN TWO MONTHS for similar, but not craft related injuries (the hubster insisted on going with me the forth time because he didn't want them thinking he had some weird propensity toward digit abuse).  It got me thinking, has anyone else cut corners and ended up cutting themselves instead?

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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2004 10:18:02 AM »

Mine have mostly been just minor things: oven burns, pricked fingers, paper cuts. My more... "original" ones were being bitten by my sewing machine and (this isn't exactly craft related, but hey) grabbing the metal part of my curling iron that had been sitting in my bathroom heating up for half an hour (I was crafting during all that time. Guess I got distracted.) I suffered some pretty decent burns on the entire palm/fingers of my left hand.
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2004 11:22:59 AM »

i was hot gluing something awhile ago, and a goop of hot glue fell onto my leg. i was w/ one of my friends, and we figured it would be easier to get the glue off when it was dry. yeah..not so smart b/c instead of dealing w/ a mess, i had to sit and let the hot glue burn onto my leg while it dried. looking back, i dont know why i thought this would be a good idea, but no i have a 3' scar of my right calf. lol

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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2004 11:30:51 AM »

I should not be allowed near an iron.

I have this bad habit of reaching around or in front of my iron and burning the inside of my wrists and forarms on the edge of the iron. I've done it like 5 times in four months and have little straight scars up my arms, it looks SO bad -- I look like a angsty teenager with healing cuts on her forwarm Shocked My friends were all teasing me about it, but now they;'ve moved on to making fun of the big burn on my shoulder from when I bent over to pick something up and the IRON FELL ON ME!!  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2004 11:33:24 AM »

I constantly burn myself with the iron. You think I'd learn one of these days, but noooo....
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2004 12:16:53 PM »

I've had only minor accidents, hot glue gun burns, a slip of the exacto knife...
But the worse i ever had was when i just changed the blade of my exacto knife and so it was sharp and clean ((no adhesive build up)) i was so used to having to force it through that i cut through the duct tape like a knife through butter and got my finger! I took about half my nail off ((i am a nail biter so they were already short but this was extreamly short. I could see the pink nail shaped flesh that was once under the nail. It really hurt and it seemed like it took forever to grow back. Anytime it was touched i got a sharp pain...((like if your nails are too short)). Ever since i have cut slowly and now i am a little afraid to put a new blade on... ^_^;;;

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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2004 12:50:51 PM »

Sewing needle stabs (feet especially), paper cuts, glue gun burns.

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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2004 01:03:01 PM »

Oh gosh, where DO I begin.  I'm the kind of person people like to call "Grace" as a nick name...

Let's see, there was the time I decided to carve a lovely long piece of sycamore for a walking stick, and my dad sharpened a knife for me, which I promptly sliced my hand open with.  That took 4 stitches.

Then there was the time I lit my hair on fire.  That was when I worked as a professional goldsmith.  I even had my hair pulled back, but one long tendril of bang fell out of the band just as I leaned over to look at the backside of a ring, and ended up holding that one long tendril directly over my torch.  Mmmm.

Also during jewelry-making, but when I was younger and just taking silversmithing classes, I caught my hair in the dental lathe we used for a polishing machine.  It was a bit like that cartoons of the guys with their ties stuck in the paper shredder...  My head just kept getting closer and closer to the spinning death.  I ended up with a large tangled dred in my hair, most of which was hair no longer attached to my scalp. 

Um, during my stint as a jeweler, I got numerous cuts, sometimes with spinning sanding disks, that both cut and cauterized in one swift movement, and on at least two occasions the clamps I was using to hold down a piece of 1000 degree metal came loose, causing some holes in clothing and minor burning...
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2004 01:09:28 PM »

My father took away my rotary cutters after SEVERAL huge gashes... I sliced my hand/fingers everytime I used them. I have little faint scars all over both of my hands from craft-related cuts & burns-- I am a menace with sharp things & hot glue guns!

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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2004 01:18:49 PM »

Oh yeah, I forgot...

There was the time that my husband was expressing himself with yard art.  He was arc welding and when he turned off the flame he promptly reached up to scratch his face WITH THE HOT WELDING TORCH THUS VAPORIZING PART OF HIS LOWER LIP!

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