Preventing Dry and Cracked Hands
This is part four of a
multi-part series on treating and preventing dry and cracked hands
from extensive cold working sessions. Click here to go to part
usually better than treatment. Here's a list of ways to
prevent getting dry and cracked hands in the first place.
1. Kerodex 71. This is a wax based
cream. After applying, the wax is set with cold water.
This creates a barrier between the skin and the surface of the glass
being cold worked. Works well, but it does make the hands
slicker so it's a bit more difficult to hold onto the glass.
2. Silicon Shield or Derma
Shield. These are brand names for barrier creams that can
be applied to the hand before working with wet glass. An
application lasts for several hours and does a good job of
protecting the hands from excess moisture.
3. Finger tape.
Available from suppliers such as Rio Grande, the tape can be wrapped
around the finger tips (similar to a flexible thimble). It
stays on snugly during use, and does a great job of keeping
fingertips from splitting or getting sore.
4. Latex, rubber, nitrile, or neoprene
gloves. Try to find a brand that fits snugly on the hands,
yet also has the ability to grip wet surfaces. If you can get
used to the feel of working with gloves, this can do a great job of
protecting the hands.
Copyright 2006 Brad Walker.
All rights reserved.
These tips based on suggestions
from Warm Glass bulletin board posters.