I aquired a box of pastels that may be from the late 1800's, Germany.
Well I was curious to see if they still "worked" so I tried them out.
The pigment is vibrant, they hold well to the paper . . . I was surprised because they seem perfect.
THEN my eyes got cloudy and started burning . . . I hadn't blown dust around at all. Don't even think I stuck my finger in my eye.
Well it's been a few hours now, my eyes are feeling a little better now but still kind of irritated....
SO I'm wondering if antique pastels are toxic?
Ever heard anything about this???
should I toss them?