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Paper Modeling and Injuries
« on: February 17, 2012, 11:33:59 PM »
I sliced my finger open pretty badly tonight.
Not the first time I have knicked myself with the Exacto knife! lol
Won't be the last time...

However this is probably the worst modeling related cut I have ever suffered.
I should be at the Hospital getting a dozen stitches and a Tetanus shot, but I have suffered through
that before, and its worse than the injury itself!
LOL I am referring to the wait in the Emergency Room, the forced cleaning of the wound, the pain from
the stitching because the freezing doesn't take effect, and the throbbing pain afterward!

So,
I am just toughing this one out.
Anyway, its my messed up lefthand Index finger that got chewed up in a Table Saw a few years ago.
Its never been right since.

Although, it did take me almost two hours to get the bleeding stopped! haha

It made me think about the variety of injuries we are exposed to in this hobby
and it probably isn't a bad idea to offer a little PSA (Public Service Announcement).

Always wear a Hardhat when operating large machinery.
And something about Condoms too...but I forget what that was.

Seriously...
extremely sharp Knife Blades do major damage to Limbs and Cats.
CyanoAcrylate glues can stick your eyelids shut.
Paper Cuts hurt like a sonofabitch!

Ask your Doctor about how recently you had your last Tetanus shot.
Get your eyes checked regularly.

Whats your Paper Modeling War Story?
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Re: Paper Modeling and Injuries
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2012, 07:38:28 AM »
Not really a paper model warstory, but when you do cut yourself, you can
use the CA glue to seal the wound!  I have done that a couple of times!

Ray

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Re: Paper Modeling and Injuries
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2012, 09:04:57 AM »
hehe not this one!

yeah I thought about that.
...but you need to be able to get the wound closed and apply the glue on the surface
of the skin.  I the cut was large enough or badly open I would be seriously worried
about getting glue into the wound.

on a related note...12 hours later, and my finger is still bleeding a little.
Not to mention, sore as hell.
I may end up at the Emerg anyway! lol

Moral of the Story?....paper Modeling, like any hobby, involves the use of Tools and care needs
to be taken to ensure safety. Always have a First Aid Kit nearby and supervise young children.
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Re: Paper Modeling and Injuries
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2012, 10:07:23 AM »
The closest I've come to a mojor injury while modeling was when my hobby knife rolled off my desk and tried to stick in my thigh. After that I only use hexaganal handles for my knives.
Wayne

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Re: Paper Modeling and Injuries
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2012, 10:24:43 AM »
oh wow...how true!! I am constantly dealing with knives, pens and paint brushes rolling off the table!
I think I will have to tape some paper triangles on to them all!! lol

and yes, I too have had the knife drop near my toes!
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Re: Paper Modeling and Injuries
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012, 06:58:03 PM »
The closest I've come to a mojor injury while modeling was when my hobby knife rolled off my desk and tried to stick in my thigh. After that I only use hexaganal handles for my knives.
Wayne

If you haven't had this experience, you are not a paper modeler.

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Re: Paper Modeling and Injuries
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2012, 11:29:19 PM »
a few weeks ago, i nearly cut the tip of my forefinger while cutting former... that because my eyes (i think) tired, i spend 5+ hours looking at the monitor(zoom in-out) and paper model (spitfire - free download it at PM.com).... and i goes ''Ooh...it's time to sleep'' LOL. My limit are now 3-4hours building a model if more than that, i got bored, easily stress out, more swea..er..sweating...

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Re: Paper Modeling and Injuries
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2012, 04:31:09 PM »
I cut my right index finger when building the Old Crow... the knife just flew out of my hand, then a loop, and it landed on the side of the nail... ouch! I used a piece of paper and tape to put it as a band-aid. I don't like commercial band-aids. I prefer blood itself to take care of the cuts.

A week later I cut both left index and thumb cutting a former.

Gee... all because of hurrying things up  :-\

But now, my eyes started to hurt, maybe caused by the constant use of magnifiers (the ones like the watchsmiths use). Time to go to the eye doctor.
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Re: Paper Modeling and Injuries
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2012, 04:36:05 PM »
Its funny that a paper modeler uses paper and tape to cover his wounds!!

When you said your eyes hurt, I thought maybe the knife stuck there too? LOL

I stopped using the jewellers magnifying glasses and I started using Reading Glasses.

I buy cheap Reading Glasses from the Dollar Store.
I have three strengths (1.75, 2.75 and 4.50) on my work table.
I find them a lot more comfortable to wear and easier on the eyes.

The 4.50 strength is pretty good even with very small things.
(Its not as strong for really really tiny things...but I just avoid those anyway!)


and Kacrut...that is why I work in front of the TV...it helps to take my attention away from the
model when I get too frustrated!...no more swearing!
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Re: Paper Modeling and Injuries
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2012, 04:37:00 PM »
I guess I'm going to start your method, Dave, because using those big magnifiers are more than I need.
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Re: Paper Modeling and Injuries
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2012, 08:39:52 PM »
Makes sense to me.  I find that I get headaches and eye strain ... a lot.  There usually isn't a spot that works well with my bifocals.  So I end up taking my glasses off.  The reading glasses just might be the answer.
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