Depending on the equipment and set-up of the glass blowing studio, gloves are used in various capacities, but are generally not worn during the actual working and shaping of the glass. Their main purpose is during the very short “boxing” process, when the finished glass piece is removed from the punty and picked up or caught in gloved hand, then placed in the annealing kiln as quickly as possible.
Gloves can also protect the hands when opening or reaching into a hot kiln (again usually during the boxing process), for opening doors, moving heat shields , charging the crucible furnace, or using tools that get hot or require your hands to get hot.
There are several options for heat resistant gloves, each with their own level of protection, dexterity, grip, and resistance to abrasion.
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Highlights to remember:
“The purpose of a high temperature glove is to delay the transfer of heat, from a hot object or region, to your hands, hopefully long enough for you to accomplish what you need to do.”
“The temperature rating of the glove is that temperature, below which, the face material won't burn! It has nothing to do with how hot your hands will get!”
“Buy the least expensive glove that does what you need it to do, and expect to have to replace it. Gloves are going to wear out.”
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