Category Archives: Stained Glass

Stained Glass & Lead Exposure

Many of our customers are hobbyists who are inadvertently exposed to toxic heavy metals.  People who work with stained glass are one example.
Lead fumes occur during the soldering process.  The higher the temperature on the soldering iron, the more fumes are released.  Lead fumes are also present if you are painting with lead-based paints (especially [...]

Points of Contamination

Since stained glass work has become a popular hobby, here are some important points of contamination to consider in order to stay safe.

The main exposure to the hobbyist comes in the form of lead dust and fumes during soldering.  Higher soldering temperatures also releases more fumes than at lower temperatures.

Working with lead came during cutting, [...]

Should stained glass hobbyists be concerned about lead poisoning?

Yes, to put it bluntly.  We’ve seen many posts and replies on stained glass blogs and forums stating that “lead exposure isn’t that big of a deal”.  We feel that your safety and health are “big deals”.  If we could we’d respond to them all like this:
Safety is definitely an issue when dealing with toxic [...]