FYI We have some products in the Sax catalog on page 106 that might work for your students. One is called Invisible Care and you apply to your hands before working to form an invisible shield to prevent art products from penetrating hands.
Product # 193 0714 $5.25 8 oz bottle.
The other is called Graphics Secret and it is new, It works in a similar manner and coats hands to protect against the loss of natural skin oils. Product # 193 0718 $5.95 12 oz bottle. Hope this helps. Judy
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To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2001 7:28 PM
Subject: Re: Allergic to Clay?
I sympathize with your student! Over the years I have developed a serious allergy to clay - or rather the mold spores that LOVE to breed in clay. Every year I have a few students (with asthma) who usually have to take extra precautions during clay projects as well.
There are a series of body "treatments" that can be used (invisi-glove for hands)..and other various sprays (with silicone) that one can/should spray on in a "clean" (read: mold free) environment (at least one hour) prior to working with clay. The silicone acts as a protective barrier which can be washed off at the end of the day- and is non-comudagenic (sp?....meaning, doesn't block pores, still lets skin breathe)
I hope this info helps.