I have some nasty scars from making custom figures. Much blood has been shed, and I have made some really stupid mistakes. I am writing this post in the hopes that I can spare you some of these same injuries.
Wear Safety Goggles
In a recent post, I recommended using a belt sander for easy minimate shortening and other uses. What I didn’t mention is that one time I was removing a large amount of material from a bobblehead to make a custom bobblehead, and a rogue chunk of resin about the size of the post on a minimate hand flew right into my left freaking eye. I was terrified that I had blinded myself in that eye. I got the piece out, but I couldn’t really open that eye for about an hour. It was a little sore, but my vision was fine. However, it could have been much, much worse. Now I always wear safety goggles when I am using the belt sander.
Don’t Drill Into Your Hand
It seems like common sense, doesn’t it? Well, I have drilled into my hand four times while making minimates. The worst was when I was making my T-1000 minimate. I thought I was going nice and slow, when suddenly the drill lurched forward and went a quarter of an inch into my thumb. It hurt like hell, and it hurt even more later as it was healing. Just try and play video games with an injured thumb. Its not fun. The moral here is not to drill towards yourself. Get an old 2×4 and rest the minimate piece on that.
Don’t Glue Yourself To Yourself
Why does superglue stick so much better to flesh than any other surface? I can’t even count the number of times I have glued my fingers together. One time I was holding two large minimate pieces together, and I hadn’t even noticed that a good amount of superglue had slipped between my forefinger and my middle finger. By the time I did notice it was far too late to gently separate them. I started to forecfully pull them apart, but my skin started to rip and bleed. So I performed some quick surgery and carefully slid a hobby knife in between my fingers. I walked away with only a small cut, instead of a missing patch of skin. Be careful with superglue!
Don’t Cut Towards Yourself
I never was a boyscout, so I didn’t get to learn basic knife safety. My Mom always told me not to cut towards myself, but I never really payed much attention to that. So one happy day I was modifying a minimate hairpiece, and cutting towards myself without really thinking about it. I was being careful and moving the knife very slowly, but a considerable amount of pressure had to be used in order to cut through this piece. I was only halfway through the job when the knife flashed forward, cutting through the rest of the piece like butter. I felt a tingle on my hand, and followed the path of the knife with my eyes. You know that meaty place between your thumb and forefinger? Well my skin there was now missing the top layer. This was my most painful minimate injury, and probably the most asinine. So please don’t cut towards yourself!
What about you? Got any customizing horror stories?