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Vintage Niagara Hand Unit Personal Massager c 1940 Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama Sex Toy 1

#AskTamara: Q. Is there lead in my sex toys? A. Maybe.

#AskTamara Question: Is there lead in my sex toys? [I get this question ALL THE TIME! LOL!] Answer: As with most things (when it comes to lead) the most important factor in determining if your sex-toys might have lead (or other heavy metals or toxicants) is when they were manufactured! [When as in “which century” or […]

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New 2018 Visions Visionwar Corning Corelle Lid Lead Safe Mama Tamara Rubin 2

#Lead: Newly Purchased (2018) Corelle / Corning Visionware Amber Lid – XRF Test Results

Following up on my earlier post, here is another example of XRF test results for a Corning Visions piece. [Year of manufacture: 2018.] This piece is a small saucepan or pot lid, with decorative radiating ridges around the center of the lid under the top-knob.  There are NO brand or model markings on this piece, […]

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Holly Berry Christmas Vintage Corning Mug Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

28,200 ppm lead! Vintage Christmas “Made in USA” Corning Glass Mug, Holly Berry Pattern

“Corning USA” Vintage Christmas Holly Berry Mug. The following set of readings was with the scope of the XRF instrument  centered on the red berries of the pattern: Lead (Pb): 16,000 +/- 400 ppm Cadmium (Cd): 459 +/- 25 ppm Barium (Ba): 904 +/- 76 ppm Antimony (Sb): 514 +/- 34 ppm Selinium (Se): 70 +/- 30 […]

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Corning Visions France Saucepan Amber Glass Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 5

Corning Visionware: Another Example – XRF Test Results For A Small Saucepan (Made in France)

Following up on my earlier post, here is another example of XRF test results for a Corning Visions piece. [Year of manufacture unknown.] This piece is a small saucepan and differs from the piece I posted earlier in that it is “Made in France.” It also has the 3-D diamond/pyramid shaped pattern on the bottom […]

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Corning USA Visionware Pot Lead Safe Mama Tamara Rubin 3

#AskTamara: Do you recommend Corning Visionware?

#AskTamara Question: Do you recommend Corning Visionware? Answer: No. Ok, while I could leave it at that I will elaborate. First I have to address the fact that several people have confused me with other bloggers who DO recommend Corning Visionware, and I specifically have not ever recommended this product personally — because I have […]

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Is My Scary Witch Halloween Mask Full Of Toxic Chemicals Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 3

#AskTamara: Is My Scary Witch Halloween Mask Full Of Toxic Chemicals?

#AskTamara Question: Is My Scary Witch Halloween Mask Full Of Toxic Chemicals? Answer: Probably. Yes. Of course I can’t speculate about all chemicals nor can I report on all masks (I would have to test many examples – from all of the different brands (and different production years) – to come up with a more educated science-based […]

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Thara Memory's Mouthpiece Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#AskTamara: Could A Vintage Leaded Brass Mouthpiece Cause Kidney Failure In A Trumpet Player?

#AskTamara Question: Could a vintage leaded brass mouthpiece cause (or contribute to) kidney failure in a professional trumpet player? Answer: Maybe. The vintage (c. 1980s or earlier) trumpet mouthpiece shown here tested positive for a relatively high level of lead for leaded brass (22,200 ppm lead.) It is a bare leaded brass mouthpiece that is […]

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Plastic Dinosaur Toy With High Levels of Lead Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 3

#AskTamara: Should I be worried about the possibility of lead in the sandbox toys at my child’s school?

#AskTamara Question: Should I be worried about the possibility of lead in the sandbox toys (or on the playground) at my child’s school? Answer: Um, yeah. And here’s why… The plastic toy dinosaur pictured here was just one of MANY leaded toys found on a playground at a daycare for young children near Santa Monica, California […]

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2011 Wizard Of Oz Commemorative Mug Set England 1

XRF Test Results For Cardew Design Made in China (Designed In England) Wizard of Oz Commemorative Mug Set

Below are the XRF readings for this commemorative Wizard of Oz mug set. This set is from Cardew Design North America Inc and was made in 2011 (after the CPSC regulation limiting the amount of lead in items made for use by and marketed to children!) While the company might argue that this is not […]

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