Here’s the general introduction I provide on a lot of my posts, for those who may be new to my work (or have possibly “stumbled upon” my work – while just casually browsing, or conducting more serious research):
Tamara Rubin is a Federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and childhood Lead-poisoning prevention. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children. She began testing consumer goods for toxicants in 2009, and was the parent-advocate responsible for finding Lead in the popular fidget spinner toys in 2017. She uses XRF testing (a scientific method used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for metallic toxicants (including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, and Arsenic). To read more about the testing methodology employed for the test results reported on this blog, please click this link.
XRF Test results for the ornament pictured
Note: This ornament came in an original vintage/antique box of Shiny Brite ornaments (see more photos below) but has a plastic cap that says “West Germany”. I don’t know if the cap was changed later because the original cap fell off or if the ornament was in the wrong box (and is – in fact – not a Shiny Brite ornament and not made in the USA.) If you have any additional information about this ornament please do comment below.
Reading #1) On the white of the star
- Lead (Pb): 175,500 +/- 6,600 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): non-detect
- Mercury (Hg): non-detect
- Bromine (Br): 69 +/- 16 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 642 +/- 259 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 858 +/- 147 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 92 +/- 43 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 30,700 +/- 1,100 ppm
- Zirconium (Zr): 626 +/- 44 ppm
- Nb: 819 +/- 57 ppm
- Molybdenum (Mo): 898 +/- 80 ppm
- Silver (Ag): 1,915 +/- 117 ppm
- Antimony (Sb): 279 +/- 37 ppm
- Barium (Ba): 14,400 +/- 900 ppm
- No other metals detected in consumer goods mode.
More details to be posted shortly.