Are pastels toxic?

Depending on their ingredients, some pastels are toxic. One of the most dangerous ingredients in pastels, CADMIUM, is a known carcinogen.

We use a Chromium Green 3 in some of our pastels.  By its nature it is part of the Chromium Green family and must carry the following caution:

Caution: Some pastels may be contaminated with trace amounts (about 100 ppm or less) of Chromium 6 Oxide. Chromium 6 Oxide can cause serious health effects including cancer in humans. Chromium VI is known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.

Caution: Dust creation is likely. Wash hands following product use. Wear a NIOSH approved dust respirator while handling this material. Avoid contact with eyes. If skin redness develops, discontinue use and wash area with soap and water. Rinse dust from eyes with copious amounts of water. If ingested drink plenty of water and contact a physician, if needed. If needed, chemical emergency numbers: Domestic North America 800-424-9300 or International 703-527-3887.

Our Material Safety and Data Sheet is available upon request.  The MSDS is a toxicologist’s reports on the safety of materials used in our pastels.

Terry Ludwig Pastels conform to ASTM Practice D-4236. This means we are approved by the organization that sets standards for the safety of art materials.

Additional Health Labeling: California Proposition 65

The State of California requires clear and reasonable warnings on products and/or storage containers containing chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California.

Manufacturers of certain products have included warnings pursuant to California Proposition 65, and caution is recommended when using products marked with the Prop 65 icon.

How do I control pastel dust?

Recommendations for managing and even preventing dust are the following:

We make every effort to make sure your pastels order arrives with a minimum of dust transfer in our packaging materials; however, we have no control over the way our product is handled in shipping.

How permanent are pastels?

Pastels are the most permanent artists’ medium, if properly created and protected. For best longevity, do the following:

Can I fix a broken pastel stick?

Fixing your broken pastel sticks is easy! Follow these simple steps:

Why Square Pastel Sticks?

While more difficult to make, Terry Ludwig designed square pastels for the following reasons:

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