How to Handle Your Old Lead Came


Even the savviest glass artist will often find random bits of lead came around their studio. Some can be used in new glass art pieces but others are simply unusable. When you have unwanted scrap came, there comes a time when you’ve got to dispose of it.


But lead is a heavy metal. Throwing it into your garbage can create a dangerous situation. In certain exposure levels, lead can be poisonous to people and animals too. Lead poisoning can lead to severe symptoms that damage the nervous system and even cause blood or brain disorders.


If this sounds scary, that’s because it is. So many people throw old batteries and other items into their trash without a second thought. At Delphi Glass, we urge you to do the responsible thing for lead came scraps and dispose of them properly, not just for your health but also for the health of others around you.


When lead came makes its way to your local landfill, it can penetrate the ground and into groundwater, tainting the water supply. Without responsible disposal, lead poisoning can affect countless people through the water supply. Flint, Michigan is just one example of a place in our own backyard that is experiencing the effects of what happens when lead penetrates our water sources. Let’s not let it happen again.


So how can you get rid of unwanted lead came and do the responsible thing? You can take it to a local recycling center that specializes in handling hazardous waste. Depending on the state, you may find centers that accept lead. If not though, you can send it back to a lead came manufacturer so they can recycle it back into new lead came.


If you live near Delphi Glass, you can bring it to us and we’ll be happy to help get it recycled properly. If we all work together to be responsible glass artists, we’ll leave this world an even more beautiful place.

Jane L.  •  March 23, 2021
I'm looking for tips on disposal of ground glass. Is it a hazardous material? Would appreciate any advice.
Cathy O.  •  February 25, 2021
What I am I doing wrong? My solder just rolls of lead while I am soldering? Can the solder and or flux be old?
Cathy O.  •  February 25, 2021
What I am I doing wrong? My solder just rolls of lead while I am soldering? Can the solder and or flux be old?
Robert Z.  •  April 11, 2020
I found an old roll of 60/40 solder among my materials. Is there any way to clean off the tarnish so that it is usable?
Jenn Raskin

Jenn Raskin

Jennifer Raskin is an internationally published writer with a not-so-secret craft obsession. She joined the Delphi team to combine two of her favorite things - writing and creating art. In her spare time, she loves to play with her kids, cook, write and have craft parties with her friends.