I took a glass shard to the right eye today when a rod blew up in my face. I stupidly banged Effetre ivory in the flame like I'd been doing the juicy Double Helix and CiM colors I'd been working with on the previous bead. Essentially, the rod blew up in a way I never thought possible. Spectacular and fun to watch from a safe distance, I'm sure. Not good to be on the receiving end of. A word of warning. Wear your safety glasses. I was wearing my diddy sunglasses and the shard found its way around them. Wear real, wrap around ones. I'll be fine. The shard was embedded on the corner of the iris and even if there's scarring it won't be in my visual field. I'm on drops to combat infection that help the pain for a moment or two but otherwise nothing stronger than Motrin. It ain't worth it. Even though my wrap arounds are a pain and I feel like I can't acutually see through them, I'll never use anything else again.
Here's a picture of the beads that tried to blind me - of course I finished them before I went to the ER!