My Guide: Kiln Gloves = Safety First!!
I always say safety first!! When you use any kiln or to handle hot mediums, such as fired metal clay or glass, make sure you have a really high quality pair of gloves and eye wear.
Please note: I am not a safety advisor, just someone who is giving you some of my experiences with the kiln gloves I have used.
Always seek professional advice and speak to the manufacturer of any products you buy to check for suitability.
A useful and informative health and safety PDF article is at the link below:
I purchased my first kiln and a pair of kiln gloves (at the same time) from a supplier of ‘generic’ or unbranded products, but foolishly didn’t check if they where suitable for the temperature the kiln reached.
My top tips are:
- Check the gloves are 100% heat proof to the temperatures you will be handling:
My first pair of gloves became burnt on the surface and the heat traveled through and burnt my hands. The gloves are shown below with areas of the gloves are grey and other areas are blue. I found that the best sections that are heatproof, where the blue areas. The pictures show how my gloves accidentally touched a kiln shelf and how this high temperature burnt my gloves and, ultimately, my hands underneath!! Ouch!!
2. Check they are the right fit!
The other thing to seriously consider is the size of your hands. Buying the correctly sized gloves means you will be able to handle the kiln fired pieces safely.
A good fit is a safe pair of gloves!!
The 2nd pair I bought are far safer:
- They fit my small hands
- The heatproof blue material covers 100% of the gloves surface
- They cover my wrists and part of my forearm
These gloves are from a company called Raynor, as shown below:
3. My last tips are a list of great products you can purchase to protect you:
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