Friday, July 18, 2008

Lead test

Today we finally tested some Russian and Polish ceramics for lead that I've had some concerns about, especially since lead has been so much in the news. I chose a few representative items (the test kit instructions said that's all you need), filled them with white vinegar, let them sit for four hours, and then my husband took samples of the vinegar, mixed it with test solution, and we waited 30 seconds to see if it would change color. It didn't, so I get to keep my pretty blue and white tea cups. C's birthday tomorrow is tea party themed and I wanted to use my fancy tea cups, so this seemed as good a time as any for finally using the lead testing kit.

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