There are many jobs that involve the constant use of the hands in important ways, and welding professionals are a good example. Not only do welders need their hands to be available, their hands play a huge role in maintaining safety and efficiency within a complex process -- and any obstructions or issues here could threaten both this safety and the final products they produce.
And when it comes to rings, Enso Rings is here to help. We offer a huge range of silicone rings to men and women, suitable for numerous purposes. We know many people want to wear their wedding or engagement rings all the time, but traditional metal rings make this very difficult in some settings -- including those like welding, where metal might not only be bulky, but also could risk issues with temperature or even electrical currents if they're worn improperly. Instead, wearing a silicone ring is a far preferable option in these settings. Here's a primer on why traditional rings might be unsafe for welders, plus how silicone rings benefit them.
Risks of Metal Rings During Welding
Welding is a process that requires some stringent safety precautions. It involves a lot of high heat, potentially dangerous electrical currents and heavy metals -- many of which could damage or render useless traditional rings through heating or other means.
Even if you're someone who always makes sure to take extra safety precautions, there are plenty of ways that metal rings can pose unnecessary risks. For instance, wearing one could mean that it is difficult or impossible to properly use a welder's grinder, welding torch or other types of tools -- and in these settings, we don't recommend taking chances.
Another of the most dangerous issues with traditional rings and welding is the risk of fire. Even in situations where welders might be wearing protective gear to protect them from high heat or sparks, it's simply not worth the risk of a metal ring catching fire -- and this could have severe consequences.
Our next several sections will go over why silicone rings are fantastic alternatives for many in this realm.
First and foremost, silicone rings don't present any of the safety issues that traditional metal rings present during welding. They're flexible, but firm enough to stay on the finger and resist high heat -- and also, they don't conduct electricity or spark like other metals do.
Many people who work in welding and other similar settings choose silicone wedding rings as a result: Not only can it be difficult to find a wedding band that fits with work gloves, but there are plenty of situations where traditional metal rings simply aren't safe to wear. And this includes just regular use; if you're working with any metals or other conductive materials with your hands and wearing metal rings, they could pose a risk of shock or issue if they touched the wrong thing at the wrong time.
Welding is also a job that requires precision and detail, and metal rings can seriously get in the way of these. For instance, welders have to be very careful about how they hold torches and other tools so as to not risk contact with heated metal or sparks -- but this becomes more difficult when wearing a traditional metal ring.
And on top of that, some people find that certain types of metal rings are too heavy or bulky for comfort, especially if they're worn every day. We know many people like to wear their engagement or wedding ring all the time -- but metal rings simply aren't the best idea in certain settings.
Enter silicone rings; they are much lighter-weight than traditional options, which means that welders won't have to worry about discomfort or getting weighed down by heavy rings. They also won't ever catch on fire, so welders can rest easy knowing these rings will stay safe and secure while they do their work.
In addition to the above, silicone rings can be exposed to the kinds of elements found in welding settings without showing a single sign of wear. They're waterproof and don't corrode or develop the kinds of tarnish that metal rings might -- so they'll look exactly the same in 10 years as they do today.
Meanwhile, if you invest in a pricier ring, there's also no risk of damage from welding sparks that could cause an issue with stone settings. With metal rings, there's always the chance that a spark could hit the ring just right (or wrong, depending on how you look at it) and cause damage to your stone or setting -- but this becomes impossible with silicone rings.
And best of all, you can get all these benefits for a price that's easy on the wallet. Silicone rings are much less expensive than traditional options, which means you can get multiple ones and wear them for different jobs or activities (or replace these if they become too worn out to work properly).
Many people still purchase a traditional wedding or engagement ring, but then supplement that with more affordable silicone rings for other jobs. Some will even have multiple silicone rings for different jobs or settings -- one for welding, another for yard work, and so on.
For more on how silicone rings provide fantastic benefits to welders and others who work with their hands regularly, or to learn about any of our silicone ring collections or options, speak to the staff at Enso Rings today.