By the way, is anyone else given pause when about to drink coffee from one of those brightly colored imported mugs?
OK folks, I’ve stepped up on my soap box. My blood pressure still
rises at the thought of my wonderful leaded enamels being outlawed in
the USA. I fully understand the health concerns but am confused as to
why I can’t purchase leaded enamels to create my cloisonne jewelry but
can still buy [at a very high price] lead crystal goblets to drink
While enameling we were always told to wear dust masks when sifting.
During the lead enamel days I believe there may have been a slight
issue with the lead but as others have stated already, the lead is
encapsulated within the glass frit. More important was the fact that
we would be breathing glass dust into our lungs and the lungs just do
not like that at all.
Also, for 20 years I created leaded art glass panels. I was
constantly handling pure lead came and lead solder. My hands would
become dirty with the oxides and of course I would wash them. After
years of this I was tested for lead in my body and had normal
readings. As for breathing the fumes, I was told that this is only a
concern at the temperatures that lead vaporizes, not the lower melting
temperature. Now those soldering flux fumes are another matter!!
Orchid Rules…Karla in S. California