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More Leaded Fidget Spinners! Episode 3 (Video)

This $31.00 “fidget spinner” tested positive for lead at 42,800 ppm!  It also tested positive with a LeadCheck swab (meaning the lead can easily rub off on the fingers of the user.) The hazard level for lead in an item intended for children is 90 ppm lead. The video below shows 6 fidgets and spinners I […]

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A Whole Lotta Lead In Fidget Spinners! Episode 2 (Video)

Please watch this video… I took apart a fidget spinner (one with L.E.D. flashing lights) and tested all the pieces in a couple of different ways… and found both high levels of lead and high levels of mercury! The lead level was as much as 19,000+ ppm lead, and the mercury level in the base […]

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The First Three Fidget Spinners…. Episode 1 (Video!)

So!… I made an announcement to my friends on Facebook that I wanted to use an XRF instrument to test some examples of the current hottest-toy-on-the-market  – “fidget spinners” – for lead. My friend Johna in Oklahoma was so lovely to send me a handful of them and I tested them as soon as my […]

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Soil Testing Using an XRF

Every now and then I get soil samples to test, as part of an XRF Testing outreach event — in which I rent a state-of-the art X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (I am a trained, certified and experienced operator of these amazingly useful instruments), and folks wanting to test their stuff (vintage and modern dishes, kids toys, family heirlooms, etc.) chip in to […]

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Pura Kiki Follow Up #SurprisedNotSurprised

Photos shared with permission. Sunday, May 13, 2017 – Mothers’ Day I’ve known about this for a couple of weeks now and was waiting to write about it because I wanted to make sure to do the issues justice and answer your questions before they are asked. The featured image here is from a post […]

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Vintage Lenox China Teacup

Vintage Lenox Charleston China Teacup: 85,000 ppm lead.  Most vintage Lenox china I have tested has been positive for high levels of lead. Tamara’s Grade: “F” “F” = I would not want to use it in my home, I would (politely) refuse to drink anything that you served in it in your home. I would advise you to chuck it. Vintage glazed […]

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#Leaded: Vintage Noritake China Saucer

Noritake China Saucer: 933 ppm lead (+/- 86 ppm), ND (non-detect) for Hg (mercury), As (arsenic0 & Cd (cadmium)!  Most vintage Noritake china I have tested has been positive for high levels of lead. Tamara’s Grade: “F” “F” = I would not want to use it in my home, I would (politely) refuse to eat food that […]

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Vintage Milk Glass Saucer

Vintage Milk Glass Saucer with Gold Rim: 648 ppm lead (+/- 43 ppm), 9 ppm Cadmium (+/- 6 ppm). Read about #CadmiumConcerns here. Tamara’s Grade: “D” “D” = I would not want to use it in my home, I would prefer not to eat food that you served on it in your home.  If you offered me […]

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