Sep 28, 2008

Playful Polymer Clay Lentil Beads

Playful Polymer Clay Day! well, in the late afternoon anyway. Made some lentil beads yesterday and appliquéd and painted them on a base of translucent, green and pearl. Also made another Cuff and some bottles that I need to photograph.I guess my title should have included...'toxic perfume awareness'.

The morning was filled with trying to diminish a quick growing migraine and dizziness when I encountered a visitor at our local Co op wearing, what seemed like, a bottle of perfume. I couldn't escape the smell as this woman left that scent in every isle. I tried to rush through the isles as mental fog quickly set in. People who love to wear perfumes still don't realize (or care!) that many people literally get sick from these chemically laden mixtures, not because of 'dislike of the smell' but because of a physical reaction to it. Imagine people being allergic to bee stings or certain foods like nuts! Well, some of us are allergic to perfumes (and laundry detergent, Swiffer, and god forbid "a breath of fresh air with Febreeze"...) Of course the wearer becomes more and more desensitized to it and feels they have to wear more to be able to smell it themselves! Ever see those signs in Doctors offices and Hospitals "No scent makes good sense!" It's true. Well, I won't be able work much over the next few days. My muscles now hurt like I have the flu. I knew I should have gone shopping right at store opening time because I've been through this before! Darn! Anyway, wanted to make people that read my blog aware that perfume/colognes can cause others to become very ill.
Am glad that polymer clay isn't making me feel like this, plus I'm wearing gloves for most of the work now.

3 comments:

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Holy cow! I knew people were sensitive to perfumes but I had no idea they could get ill like that! That is too bad. I guess you aren't too interested in scenting your clay to smell like strawberries and such like some people do? :-) Anyways, beautiful beads! You've got a lovely color sense and it really shines in your work!

Gera Scott Chandler said...

So sorry about that perfume thing T... loving what you're up to these days- the colours are fantastic! Hope you'll be selling stuff at Horizons...

hugs
gera

me said...

Oh yes, I so recognize this! Especially the mental fog. I used to go to school with public transport. Whenever somebody got on the bus with enough perfume to spread through the air and reach me, I would not be able to learn much at school that day, or take tests... My house is a no-perfume zone, at least here I'm safe. Sorry to comment so late, I'm new to your blog, totally love it! :)

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