Cadmium toxicity & Kremer Pigmente
- Hello everyone,
I agree with what is being said, and I think it largely depends on your
approach to handling the paints. I also think that using pigment from a
reputable source may be worth consideration. Derek (I forget his last name)
at Kremer Pigmente in NYC did tell me one thing about cadmiums that I
thought was worth relaying. He said that cheap cadmiums, mainly produced in
China, and sold by wholesalers here in the US, are quickly mass produced and
consequently are not very well made. The molecular structure has a lot of
free radicals attached to it. These free radicals are toxic, and easily
absorbed through the skin. In contrast, the cadmium line produced by Kremer
is very well bound on the molecular level, contain no free radicals, and
therefore is not toxic in itself. He did admit though that due to strict
OSHA and ASTM standards, it would not be possible to advertise it as such
and all the pigments bear warning labels.
I've mentioned Kremer before, and someone pointed out to me that I neglected
to supply their address. They are a pigment supplier, not a place to buy
all your marbling supplies. Most of their business is supplying paintings
conservators with a wide range of pigments, including many historic and
natural compounds that are hard to find: Egyptian Frit, Smalt, gamboge,
indigo, cochineal,"Fra Angelico" blue made form Lapis Lazuli in addition to
the normal range of pigments. They sell their pigments based on kilo weight
rather than volume. I find their prices very competitive compared to other
dry pigment suppliers and art suppliers. When I visit their shop, I feel
like a kid in the candy store! This is a source for those of you who are
interested in trying to make your own paints.
Store address in New York, USA :
228 Elizabeth Street (Corner of Prince St.)
New York, NY 10012 USA
Tel. 212.219-2394 or 1-800 995 5501 Fax. 212.219-2395
Store hours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 pm. E.S.T.
Dr. Georg Kremer Dipl.-Chemiker
Farbmühle, D-88317 Aichstetten/Allgäu
Tel. + 49 (0)7565-1011 Fax. + 49 (0)7565-1606
Benson's Hand Bindery
Fine Custom Bookbinding & Conservation
Hand Marbled Papers
1319 B Summerville Ave.
Columbia S.C. 29201
- Hi Jake.....best to mention it is wise not to soak oneself in any cadmium
pigments ..... but the main real danger is breathing in any pigment powder.
Many collect in your lungs and stay there. Not good. I would not want to
work at Kremer!!! not without major respirator! Imagine all the pigment
Still think OSHA is beyond the pale though. No responsible person should
knowingly endanger an employee but they are extreme. Guess it gives them
something to do. I feel terribly sorry for Susa.