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#1 Rebekah Krieger

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:29 PM

I figured since there is a "sub topic" happening in the open up thread, I should just start one here.  

 

 

We were discussing shellac (gel) nail color and how it can protect your nails from drying out from the clay. 

 

Hand care tips, lotion suggestions, all welcome here.

 

 

Here is a picture of my nails 2 1/2 weeks after getting shellac gel put on my nails. They are chipped a bit and my hands are obviously dry, but you can see what kind of protection the shellac offers my hands. I do not throw a lot.  I make about 2-5 pieces a day. (1 hr per day on the weekdays, and 3 hrs each saturday and sunday)  Obviously the men would prefer a clear coat.  

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#2 Nancy S.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:07 PM

Pure cocoa butter is awesome, as are Burt's Bees products, IMHO. :)



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:17 PM

Bag Balm cow udder ointment.

 

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:51 PM

Pure African Shea Butter, awesome, almost waterproofs your hands. Heaven Scent, Charleston,SC is my source.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:00 PM

Bag Balm cow udder ointment.

 

best,

 

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Ya that as well-no nails as they are not a good  mix with production work.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:01 PM

I like a Burt's Bees too and keep my nails clipped short.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 12:57 AM

I played guitar and bouzouki with my fingernails for almost 20 years before taking up pottery seriously.

 

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:57 AM

Most of my work life was spent on a keyboard so nails made me nuts. Cetaphil immediately after a hot shower works wonders.



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:35 AM

Our air is so dry here our pottery will be too dry to trim within hours. So that combined with the clay drying out our hands we keep bottles of lotions right at our sinks. I'm going to look for the Burt's bees lotion.
I find throwing with long nails is just something you adapt to. I probably use my mud sponge to throw more then others but it works for me. Right now they are deep purple color :). ( I know you guys are shaking your heads,,,,lol )

#10 Rebekah Krieger

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:56 AM

This is the shortest my nails have been in a long time, they used to grow very long but that would not work. 

Patti- I use the sponge a lot in the bottoms to smooth it out.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:08 AM

Bag Balm cow udder ointment.
 
best,
 
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Good stuff indeed. Normally, I just use it on my lips, never tried it on my hands. It helps seal in moisture and is antiseptic, which is why the farmers use it on the cow udders.

I've seen people post here about using a mixture of olive oil (to help withbthe dryness) and vinegar (to neutralize the alkalinity of the clay). I tried it one time. It worked well, but mybhands smelled a bit.

I believe it was Marcia, who suggested it. She uses vinegar with everything; in her throwing water, in her paper clay. I wouldn't be surprised if she took a shot of vinegar to get her going in the morning.
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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:23 AM

Not to get off topic but what does vinegar in the throwing water do,,,,,
(And I drink a bit of apple cider vinegar ( with the mother) and a little water in the morning ,,, )

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:26 AM

I use vinegar on my hands when I clean up, wash your hands first, dry and then rub vinegar on your hands and let them air dry.  I found this tip in a 1960's Ceramics Monthly, the vinegar replaces nutrients the clay pulls out.  If my hands are extremely dry I rub vasoline in them.  Denice



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:02 AM

Eucerin cream, not the lotion, is good. If my hands hurt, I use Dr Hess utter ointment. It smells of peppermint and rubs in warm.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:02 AM

I am definitely trying the vinegar.  That is a new one for me.   I live in cold, dry, high altitude, Colorado.  so in the winter despite lotions and balms, I get cracks on the joints of my fingers, and by the nails, I have started using brush on super glue in those cracks and it worked great to give them time to heal!



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:28 AM

Not to get off topic but what does vinegar in the throwing water do,,,,,
(And I drink a bit of apple cider vinegar ( with the mother) and a little water in the morning ,,, )

I'm not one hundred percent sure, but I would say it is a combination of acids, having a "slick" quality to them, combined with the fact that the acidic vinegar, slightly counteracts the alkaline clay making the water/ slurry on the clay more neutral.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:54 PM

When I had some real problems throwing raku clay, I used Corn Huskers lotion. 

 

Later in HS classroom, one of my colleagues that taught Ceramics also was really having problems with large cracks in his hands. I had been watching his habits for a while and noticed that he would wash his hands 3-4 time during a class period always using the liquid industrial soap and drying completely.  I told him when he asked what to do to stop using so much soap. I told him if he needed to wash, just rinse and dry lightely. I said of course if in restroom or going to lunch use soap and water, but otherwise just rinse. Myself, I had a tendency of just using a terry towel I kept around to dry my hands on.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:49 PM

By the time I got to cleaning up and putting lotion on my hands it was too late and the painful cracks already started. So now I buy a box of 100 tight plastic blue gloves from the pharmacy. I can feel through them and they are very snug for throwing etc.. If I have to take a break, I just wash my gloved hands and remove gloves. If they rip, no problem. I just use another.

I have no cracking of cuticles when I use these. The box is about $11. 



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:46 PM

Bag Balm, Burt's and no manicure.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:59 PM

I use a coconut and hempseed oil based moisturizer. I think its for sun burn but it is great chapped hands plus you smell like the beach all day.




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