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Jewelry seems too risky; maybe we should buy kids some string

June 17, 2010 | 11:00 am

Supplies There's much to be said for those craft-your-own friendship bracelets.

In the wake of recalls of cadmium-tainted kids'  jewelry from Wal-Mart and Claire's, Good Housekeeping has done its own tests. The magazine's research institute tested kids' jewelry from Wal-Mart and Claire's, and also Target, for heavy metal content. All topped the government's recommended lead limits. And (surprise!) cadmium was plentiful as well. Here's the Good Housekeeping report.

And here's some recent kids' jewelry advice from the chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

We have proof that lead in children’s jewelry is dangerous and was pervasive in the marketplace. To prevent young children from possibly being exposed to lead, cadmium or any other hazardous heavy metal, take the jewelry away.

On the up side, summer has just started. With the right supplies, your kids could be doling out lead- and cadmium-free bracelets by the dozens come fall. Here's how to make a friendship bracelet.

-- Tami Dennis

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