Ceramic stocking (desk top decoration) by TriCoastalDesign.com:
Lead: 33,200 +/- 1,300 ppm
Cadmium: 3,258 +/- 249 ppm*
When I test an item like this and find a high lead level on one color, I don’t bother testing each of the additional colors… because “that’s enough!” I am also pissed off, because this is yet another example of an item being marketed to adults and therefore exempt from toxicity regulations BUT most likely an item that will eventually be used by children (if not given to a child right off the bat, on purpose – not as a hand-me-down!)
Tested with an XRF instrument. This piece was negative for arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg.)
*Red glaze is often positive for high levels of cadmium (Cd). You might remember your paint colors from grade school (depending on how old you are!)… “cadmium yellow”, “cadmium red” and “cadmium orange” were common colors back in the day! [Just as was/is “lead white”.]
By modern standards, the amount of lead that is considered toxic in an item intended to be used by children is 90 ppm lead (or higher) in the glaze or coating and 100 ppm lead (or higher) in the substrate (in the case of mugs, the ceramic.)
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