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#1 hellokitty



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:48 PM

Not sure where this question should go...
I have osteoarthritis in my hands (thumbs) which is extremely painful and worse when doing stained glass. Does anyone have tips/tricks that can help make this less painful?
I have a Nicks Grinders Mate that really helps when grinding. However, working with lead has become a challenge, and foiling isn't much better. I have a table foiler, but my thumbs can't take the pain because you have to push the glass fairly hard to get it to foil properly. I have a Cutters Mate which really helps but using grozing pliers is really painful.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated, I don't want my passion sidelined!!!
Thank you

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 05:50 PM

Sounds like a great time to declare yourself the Artist In Residence and hire an intern!!

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 07:44 AM

You could gravitate away from copper foil and try leading, there are still hurdles similar to copper foil, but some aspects may be easier. It is hard to have to let something go that you love so much! I agree with Mt_Top, time to get an intern!

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 12:24 PM

Fusing & mosaic work make different demands on our bodies yet allow for expression using colored light.

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 10:48 AM

I agree with Tod....

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