|Set of 5 Bakelite Cuffs by texjamma on Etsy|
I LOVE Bakelite! Who doesn't? Well, my husband thinks it's silly to spend so much on "just plastic." My favorite, and most wearable Bakelite pieces are bangle bracelets! Clunky and cool, they look so great when you stack 'em up with a t-shirt and jeans, or pick a few to wear with a 1940's skirt and heels.
Bakelite bangles are the epitome of Bombshell Betty, fun and flirty and oh-so-vintage...
A little history about this fab plastic:
Bakelite was accidentally discovered in 1907 by Dr. Leo Hendrik Baekland, a Belgian chemist working in New York. He was actually trying to create a type of varnish, which is why it smells so bad when heated. It became very popular for use in radios, televisions and telephones because of it's heat-resistant properties. True "Bakelite" was produced from 1907 to 1927, when Baekland lost his patent, and the Catalin Company picked up the recipe (altering it slightly) they added 15 new colors. These days, Bakelite and Catalin are basically interchangeable.
|Marbled Green Spinach Bakelite by RosePetalRow on Etsy|
|Two green Bakelite bangles by byVintageAnthologie on Etsy|
|set of three cherry red bangles by THEROARINGTHRIFTIES on Etsy|
|Red carved wide bangle by overlookjulie on Etsy|
|Reverse Carved Red Translucent bangle by Betterintime|
Fantastic Fall Tones...
|Yellow Carved Wide Bangle by vintagehamilton on Etsy|
|Pumpkin Orange Ridged Bangle by lovelydears|
|Stunning Tortoise Shell Bakelite Carved Bangle by MercyMadge! on Etsy|
I feel so Black and Blue...
|Deeply Carved Black Bakelite Bangle by MercyMadge! on Etsy|
|Rare Blue Prystal Bakelite Bangle by TodaysVintageDesigns on Etsy|
|Black, Yellow and Forest Green Set of Six Spacer Bangles by Pinguim on Etsy|
These are fantastic examples of beautiful Bakelite bangles... here is a great site for a complete Bakelite color list, with the common names and description of colors used by collectors/dealers.
A great site for more technical information on Bakelite and testing for Bakelite
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