This goes in the category of “Things in my home that I never thought to test until now!” This is a lunch box/ food storage container made of stainless steel. My husband pointed out that the little moving parts that make up the top of the clasp system are actually yellow brass. I hadn’t noticed […]
“Made in India” wooden box. Brass Components: 13,000 ppm lead, tested with an XRF instrument.
In September of 2015 my husband got a BRAND NEW made in Germany “P & K Lie” truing stand to make bicycle wheels (a very important tool for his business, his bicycle and bicycle trailer building and design work.) — It turned the BRIGHEST red when tested with LeadCheck swabs – quicker than I have […]
Moscow Mule Mug: 38,800 ppm lead in the brass handle. Tested with an XRF instrument. All Moscow Mule Mugs that I have tested have been positive for high levels of lead in the brass handles. See more things I have tested at: http://tamararubin.com/2018/01/index/
Child’s mini brass cymbal – with wooden handle: 274 ppm lead. Modern toys are regulated and required to be under 90 ppm lead when tested with an XRF instrument (90 ppm in the coating or 100 ppm in the substrate). Year of manufacture and maker of this toy are unknown. Tested in 2012 with an XRF […]
Brass hammer: 40,600 ppm lead. Tested with an XRF instrument.
Words companies are currently using to describe their contemporary cookware that incorporates last-century high-lead-content brass decorative elements (these are screenshots from their websites:) This one is a hard subject for me; I almost don’t know where to start because there is so much to say… First and foremost, realize that in many cases, the […]
Small (brand new, 2018) hand-held brass bell. Tested with an XRF instrument. Positive for lead at 35,200 ppm +/- 1,000 ppm. The concern I have for these small brass items is that they are often given to children to play with and, especially in the case of high-lead brass, the lead from leaded brass items […]
Baldwin brand doorknob: 11,500 ppm lead. Tested in 2014. Building components (like door knobs) are not regulated AT ALL for total lead content. #SimpleSolution: look for stainless or nickel door knobs (and hardware or hinges.) Avoid buying hardware: with yellow brass finishes with language like “nickel plated brass” or “stainless finish” or where “stainless” or […]
This is a new brass menorah purchased in 2017 at New Season Market in Portland, Oregon. Made in India (as all nice Menorahs are – lol!) Tested with an XRF instrument. 36,000 +/- 1,500 ppm lead. The amount of lead that is considered toxic in an item intended for children is anything 90 ppm lead […]