|This sweets bracelet looks good enough to eat…but don’t. It’s polymer clay from France’s Cristalline.
On her Artpreneur blog Judy Dunn provides a clear, cogent article about the fears surrounding polymer clay. Putting her degree in chemistry to good use, Judy takes a logical, scientific approach to the subject.
The same gallery owner who suggests that it would be good to avoid purchasing a polymer clay necklace because of the risks that phthalates pose, carries jewelry made with resin, enamel, and other "toxic" materials in her gallery.
When the customer buys any of these finished products, they are chemically stable and safe, just as a polymer clay necklace would be. But the artists are exposed to potential toxins in the creation of the work. Used intelligently, the risks are manageable with all these materials. There is no real risk to the consumer with any of them. If we want to eliminate risks, let’s do it judiciously, and with consideration of the facts.
Arm yourself with more facts by reading Judy’s entire post. Thanks to Rachel Carren for pointing out the article.
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