People who aren’t part of the crafting world might not realize how much skill is required, and how some crafting tools can even be dangerous if you don’t use them properly.
Lifelong crafters, though, have a lifetime of stories. Every arts and crafts enthusiast who has sewn something by hand has accidentally poked her finger with a needle at least a few times.
Who can forget the hot glue gun, the peril of crafting in the 80s? Everyone learned pretty quickly which parts of the glue gun you shouldn’t touch when it’s in use. A harder lesson to learn though, is how to attach the sequins to your jean jacket without leaving strings of dried glue everywhere!
Of all the crafting tools around, a branding iron may sound pretty high risk, but really, they are very safe, just as long as you know how to use them.
Here are our top tips for staying safe when using your branding iron:
Wear Safety Equipment
With branding temperatures ranging from 300°F (for rubber and leather materials) to in between 650° and 850°F (for softwoods and hardwoods), it’s no secret that any direct contact with the skin will burn it, so it’s very important to wear a heat resistant glove when holding the iron.
And because hot air rises, you should also use eye protection to prevent steam or smoke getting into your eyes. Insider Tip: Use Gearheart Industry’s variable-temperature system to set the desired temperature for the material you’re branding.
Keep Things Clean
Make sure you have a safe, well-ventilated and dedicated workspace. Ideally, this should be tucked away from potential hazards - like your kids running towards you and a work surface full of hot and sharp tools at 100 miles per hour!
It’s also important that the piece you are branding is free of any dirt or debris or your branding iron could leave an uneven mark. For this, we recommend you wipe the piece with a damp cloth before using your iron to brand it.
Cooling The Branding Iron
When you finish branding your pieces, always cool down the branding iron by placing it in a horizontal position. If you place it vertically, with the branding plate down, it could not only damage your branding plate, but also burn the surface underneath! Remember that it takes a branding iron much longer to cool down than it does to heat up.
Contact Gearheart if you have any questions about your branding iron.