My husband raised a good point the other night: isn't lead poisonous? Won't working with lead tape a lot kill you? Is there any safe way to create these windows?
I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. This post isn't a substitute for actual medical advice. If you have any concerns, please talk to a real doctor.
I did some research. According to several reputable sources, including OSHA, lead is dangerous--but not to your skin. Rather, with a couple of exceptions for certain lead-baased industrial compounds, lead gets into your blood stream not through your hands, but through your mouth. It's a really good idea, therefore, to wear a mask.
Also, to be on the safe side, you should...
- Wash your hands (including the undersides of your fingernails) thoroughly after each and every handling.
- Remove all detritus from your work area after every session.
- Be really careful to keep any stray lead bits away from your clothes.
And if you're pregnant, you probably shouldn't touch it at all!
I've been making art of various types for years, and I've taken some pretty dumb risks. But, as one gets older and contemplates having (and, indeed, raising) children, one becomes more aware of the dubious possibilities. I'm a lot more careful now than I was! I do, however, have numerous scars to prove each (hopefully past) stupidity.
Any horror stories? Safety tips you'd like to share? Thoughts on making windows...or anything else?