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    Keeping your hands warm?

    I can never seem to keep my hands warm in the winter seasons. It slows them down a lot, and cuts into my drawing and such. Plus it's just uncomfortable.

    Anyone have similar problems? Anyone have solutions? Just thought I'd turn over a rock, see what happens.

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    alright, one thing you can do is slip them under your armpits. I remember this helping as a child, although as an adult you might not get the most pleasing smell after... Be sure to use deoderant first.

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    I sometimes got this problem. I use fairly thin fingerless gloves and do some warm up exercise on big paper.

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    I wear gloves when I'm outside in winter, and if I'm cold indoors I stick 'em in my pockets and bump up the heating.

    Try out different gloves, or just get a nice warm jumper and stick your hands in the pockets.


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    That's funny TASmith, I had the exact same advice except replacing "armpits" with "butt". :)

    You could also try rubbing them periodically, breathing on them, and seeing if you can position yourself anywhere near a heat source.

    I dunno where you're drawing, but if you can sit yourself near anything mechanical that may help as a heat source. Granted it's a bit like a moth to a fire, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

    To be honest though, I haven't had to concern myself with the cold for ages. Where I live my biggest concern is not dripping sweat on my work. :P
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    Yeah I live in Canada, and my circulation isn't the best to boot, so I have to deal with cold hands pretty much all year long (and feet too, but I don't draw with my feet).

    Just rub 'em together, or cup your hands and blow into them helps too. Possibly invest in a small electric space heater to blow some hot air over your desk... one problem with this strategy is it will dry out your skin.
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    Keep a thermos with hot coffe or warm coco with you at all times, and when you feel that shiver and your fingers going numb, take the thermos out of your back-pack and pour yourself a cup. And if that doesn't work, whiskey is the answer.
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    yeah Lord M tells the truth... liquor will save you. Though I prefer scotch to whiskey. Added bonus: drunken creativity!!
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    Rubbing palms together very quickly works wonders and it takes only a moment of break to do it. Keep a heater close to your feet and wear a sweatshirt with a hood - if your feet are freezing, chances are you will be too and most of the body's heat escapes through the head. (or so i've heard anyway).

    If everything else fails, the scotch thing might be an option. I keep an old hip-flask of Glenfiddich on my desk, for drinking/mixing with tea/whatever .

    Me, i have one of these in my room.

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    Luckily Autumn just started hear so the weather is warmin up, but I used a wool glove that I cut of the middle, index and thumb fingers off halfway- works wonders with anti-smudging too.

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    Put em down your pants. Feels good man

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    Fingerless thermal gloves.

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    Bad circulation usually means you need to get more exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoric View Post
    Bad circulation usually means you need to get more exercise.
    ARE YOU CALLING ME FAT?!?!

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    I buy hand warmers from a camping shop. You just knead them to activate them and they can stay warm for as long as eight hours if you just knead them some more as they cool a little. Tuck them into fingerless gloves and they're warm as toast.

    They come in pairs, but you can tuck one into the palm of the glove on your non-drawing hand, then simply rub your hands together to warm them up.

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    I try to keep mine perpetually attached to a cup of coffee, or if some sort of caffeine frenzy takes over then it's hot water. Winters in England are probably quite mild by the rest of the world's standards but I sit around with my window open (smoker) so I experience the brunt of it - fingerless gloves cut off even closer to the knuckle tend to work nicely indoors. Or something with very long sleeves. Or both!

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    "Though I prefer scotch to whiskey."

    I thought these were the same thing? The only difference being, Scotch is a Scottish brand of whiskey, whereas many other countries also produce whiskey. That and I think Scotch is made from wheat? Whereas we Americans usually use corn.

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    Noooooo! Whisky is smooth (mostly) It slides down gently(ish) and warms you.
    Whiskey tries to punch a hole straight through the back of your throat!

    Try The Balvennie, or Cardhu. Laphroaig or Glenfiddich, then tell me how good whiskey is!

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    yeah it's technically "Scotch whisky" (no "e"), but like Alesoun said there's a BIG difference.
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    you need to move. rubbing hands will only help little…
    You need to get up and run across your house or apartment, not the most interesting form of jogging but effective regardless.
    I do that couple times a day, 10-20 min for each run.
    Your heart rate will increase, your organs will get more blood and your hands will be less cold.
    Do not get drunk… that will damage you on long term.

    One glass red wine is very good tho and one cup of coffee per day is healthy too.
    Everything that will help with the blood circulation is good.
    Do sports
    And take a a cold shower after a hot bath or a hot shower, that will seal your skin pores and keep the heat inside your body longer.
    Drink hot green tea, that is healthy and helps too.
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    *sigh* looks like i need to teach you noobs how to warm your fingers!


    First off this technique I learned from Tai Chi !! SHORT TAI CHI CLASS IN SESSION!!!

    Another First off!! I wouldn't recommend drinking beer or liquor to not feel the cold,
    when you dont feel, its a problem, you freeze without knowing your freezing,
    your probably dead and you dont even know it lol

    and its good to always exercise

    OK!! lesson starts!!

    1. make a fist!

    2. Don't fully closed your fist! Why? if you do then where will the heat go or bounce off of?
    The heat will go out of your hands. Thinking that a closed fist would keep the finger all warm is wrong.
    There is no place where the heat can generate/bounce around and warm up your fingers
    because there is no open area for it to do so and so heat will escape easily leaving your finger still freezing!

    3. leave your fist open like your are holding a small pole or watever. An open fist sounds right.

    4. Do you feel it?! Heat is generated from your open fist into that small area warming your fingers from with in!
    although it will eventually escape but it will keep on generating heat and bounce around in there before it goes instead of escaping right away.

    5. put your hand in your pocket or where ever you like to increase the heat and keep it trap longer

    There ya go a lesson from a Tai Chi Master ...well just master of Sun Style and Hotel Tai Chi
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    I just wear those fingerless leather biker gloves. Keeps my hands warm and I can draw easier with them than with regular gloves

    Plus it's been scientifically proven they make me look at least 20% cooler
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    One glass red wine is very good tho and one cup of coffee per day is healthy too.
    One serving of scotch (one ounce) falls under this rule too... I read that somewhere, I think it applies to most hard liquors actually. Moderation!
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    yes i guess it applies to most but please not 1 glass of each all at once
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    Yeah, frozen hands are the worst! I get ice cold even in summer as I have a circulation condition, but I draw outside a lot, and in bad weather it's not nice having numb zombie hands (and limbs). Fingerless gloves with heatpacks shoved in are the answer, I like to have the pack on my wrists towards the palm, as on top it doesn't seem to work as well. Failing that just one in a pocket or a thermos can be nice. Unfortunately the thermos should not have liquor in it.

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    Ahhh thanks for all the replies guys. Some great (and hilarious) stuff in here. I guess I'll just try a new combo of gloves + nearby heater + brief exercise for circulation + hot drinks + fists and body heat. I think with all these going I should be good for the winter.

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    if my frozen fingers get really bad then I take a hot bath, helps a few hours after but cant always be done, taken aside that you feel drowsy I also heard that a glass of red is good, drunken daily with a meal

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