Archive | XRF Testing

Maple Landmark Mancala Stones Made In Vermont Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#AskTamara: Do Glass Dragon Tears Have Lead? (Aka: Squashed Marbles, Glass Drops or Mancala Stones?)

#AskTamara Question: Do dragon tears have lead? Answer: Some do and some do not. Given the nature of the way most colored glass is commonly produced, many dragon tears do have at least some lead, and some have quite high amounts of lead — at levels considered dangerous for children by current/modern regulatory standards. [Even […]

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Crayola Crayons 2017 Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#AskTamara: Are my kids’ crayons toxic? Which brand of crayons is safe?

#AskTamara: Question: Are my kids’ crayons toxic? Which brand of crayons is safe? Answer: Yes, it is very possible that one or more crayons in your child’s crayon box contain some detectable level of heavy metals when tested with an XRF instrument. In fact – while I have not tested all brands (I have only tested […]

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Sesame Street Fisher Price Vintage 1970s Figurines

Are your vintage “Little People” toxic? Sesame Street Friends, Vintage (c. 1970s) Fisher Price Little People

Do you remember these Sesame Street Friends from when you were a child? I do! (From friend’s houses! My mom never got us toys like this! We were so jealous of all of the other kids who had plastic toys!) Click on their names to see how much lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury each of […]

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Vintage C 1970s Fisher Price Little People Grover Lead Safe Mama Tamara Rubin

#LeadFree: Vintage (c. 1970s) Fisher Price Sesame Street Grover Monster

Vintage (c. 1970s) Fisher Price Sesame Street Grover Monster: Lead (Pb): ND (non-detect) Cadmium (Cd): ND (non-detect) Mercury (Hg): ND (non-detect) Arsenic (As): ND (non-detect) Please check out the other Sesame Street things I have tested here! Please check out more of the vintage Fisher Price toys I have tested here! Thanks for reading! As always, please […]

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Vintage (c. 1970s?) Fisher Price Little People Sesame Street Ernie

#Leaded: Vintage (c. 1970s?) Fisher Price Little People Sesame Street Ernie

Vintage (c. 1970s) Fisher Price Sesame Street Ernie: Red body: Lead (Pb): 30 +/- 13 ppm Cadmium (Cd): 3,153 +/- 65 ppm. Orange head: Lead (Pb): ND (non-detect) Cadmium (Cd): 3,394 +/- 74 ppm. Due to the very high cadmium levels this would not be considered a safe toy for a child by modern standards. […]

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Vintage (c. 1970s?) Fisher Price Little People Sesame Street Bert

#Leaded: Vintage (c. 1970s?) Fisher Price Little People Sesame Street Bert

Vintage (c. 1970s?) Fisher Price Sesame Street Bert… Green body: Lead (Pb):  5,015 +/- 103 ppm Arsenic (As): 120 +/- 56 ppm  Cadmium (Cd): ND (non-detect/negative) Mercury (Hg): ND (non-detect/negative) Face: Lead (Pb): ND (non-detect/negative) Cadmium (Cd) 35 +/- 10 ppm Arsenic: ND (non-detect/negative) Mercury (Hg): ND (non-detect/negative) All components non-detect (negative) for Mercury This toy would NOT be […]

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Fisher Price Little People Sesame Street Maria

#LeadSafe: Vintage (1970s?) Sesame Street Fisher Price Little People Doll – Maria?

Vintage Fisher Price Sesame Street Lady… (not sure if this is supposed to be Maria or not!) Hair: 28 +/- 6 ppm lead. This amount of lead is considered safe by all standards. All other components: Non-detect for Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic & Mercury. Please check out the other Sesame Street things I have tested here! […]

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Bauer Los Angeles Vintage Celadon Ceramic Dishes Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#Leaded: Bauer Vintage Celadon Pottery, Made In Los Angeles

This is a set of Bauer Vintage Celadon Pottery, Made In Los Angeles and purchased at an antique store in Portland, Oregon in 2017. When tested with an XRF instrument each of the pieces tested positive for the elements at the levels shown below. Note: the lead levels below are VERY HIGH, and I would […]

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Vintage Yellow Ceramic Harlequin by Homer Laughlin Co. Fiesta Plate, c. 1938-1960 Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#Leaded: Vintage Yellow Ceramic Harlequin by Homer Laughlin Co. Fiesta Plate, c. 1938-1960

This little yellow plate was purchased at an antique store in Oregon in 2018. While there is not a maker’s mark on the back of the dish, the store owner had researched the plate and came up with this description: Vintage Yellow Ceramic Harlequin by Homer Laughlin Co. Fiesta Plate, c. 1938-1960 When tested with an […]

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Ceramcor Xtrema Ceramic Lead Free Leaded Saucepan Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 6

July 2018 Ceramcor Xtrema Saucepan Update

August 2018 – Yet another Ceramcor Xtrema “Lead-Free” Pan, positive for lead. Purchased direct from the company, c. November of 2016. These pans are advertised and promoted as being metals-free, and specifically as being lead-free — yet when they are tested with an XRF instrument the coatings have consistently tested positive for lead, as well as several […]

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