Platinum Safety With platinum becoming so popular, I am greatly concerned about the health and safety of our service people who start to work with the metal without knowing the dangers to eyesight or the possible damage to the skin. The trade is careful not to tell of the permanent eye damage that occurs without the use of proper safety-tinted welder’s glasses. Without proper glasses, the ultraviolet rays will cause irreparable sight loss. Also, the infrared radiation can cause burns on the face, neck, and hands with prolonged exposure. I receive several calls each week from jewelers who do not know that when we work with platinum the temperatures are listed in Celsius. Therefore, 1,500-degree platinum solder is really 2,732 degrees Fahrenheit. Most people see the number on platinum solder and think it is the same as gold and silver. It is too late to learn proper platinum proced

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