It's Jewel Day, over at Sentry Air Systems. Each year, on their blog, they feature wise jewelry makers who use their products and I'm honored to be featured, this year, along with my uber-talented friend Catherine Witherell. Check out my part of the post, here.
A couple of years ago, I discovered Sentry's fabulous fume extractor when Catherine showed it in some posts of her studio re-do. Catherine is so smart! She has this model, the Winged ss-200, and gave it rave reviews...which it totally deserves. This machine is amazing!
Yep...I totally could solder in my bedroom. Of course, I don't, but you know why I said that? Because the Sentry fume extractor sucks up the fumes and particles so effectively that you don't even smell them...at all. That's what makes it amazing.
Btw...that's not my actual bedroom, but it sure is pretty...right?! Sentry made this awesome little slideshare from the last time I posted on their blog.
Let me tell you a little story. Some of you may remember that I went home for Christmas and my dad became really, really ill. We almost lost him and he's still in a recovery facility. Part of what was wrong is that he has mold in his lungs...yes, mold. He's had other health issues and the meds from those issues weakened his immune system and weakened his lungs. This is what allowed the mold to propagate.
I say this to show you how very, very, extremely, super-duper important it is to be aware of what goes into your lungs. Sometimes, we don't even know we're breathing in something that's harmful. If you do any amount of soldering, at all, whether with a torch or a soldering iron, you really need to consider getting a quality fume extractor. I know there are other models that are much less expensive but basically all they do is draw the smoke away from your face. That's not enough. You really need a unit that filters the bad stuff out, including those nasty particles. And let me say, right here, I'm not compensated by Sentry. I'm just a really happy customer. Value your lungs and take care of them...you won't regret it, later!
I hope you'll share this info. I'll be posting this to my facebook page, as well, which makes it pretty easy to share, or you can share it from here.
Have a safe Jewel Day...happy breathing!