Yes, I’m serious. If you do work with beads, you have to look after your hands.
I’m not saying you need to go in for expensive manicures or skin creams or masseuses, but before you pick up your beads – and especially before you pick up your beading thread! – look over your hands. Because beading thread can and will catch on anything. Hangnails. Bandages. Paper cuts. And my personal bane, ragged nails.
There’s nothing quite as morale-crushing as being three-quarters through a piece of complicated beadwork and seeing the thread fray into an intractable, unusable frizz.
(Well, there are a few things. But we’ll save the longing to go hunt certain beings/events/Murphy down with a nail-studded bat for fiction.)
My problem with nails is generally the result of cooking. Or rather, vegetable prep for cooking. Cut up an entire bag of peppers to freeze, and your nails end up soaking in enough water to make them prone to getting ragged. Not good. Usually fixable with a little attention and a pair of good scissors, but it’s something I need to pay attention to.
…And speaking of cooking, if you’re simmering something and beading between stirs… you guessed it. Look over your hands again, every time. Just one spatter of tomato sauce in the wrong spot can give you a bad day.
Let’s not get into chocolate. Chocolate comes after beads. Not during. 😉
Anyone else have tidbits they want to share on avoiding craft disasters? 🙂