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Bakelite or Not?
By: A Cat Eye Girl  -  5/13/2011


primitive show Yakima, antique show Tri-Cities, American Primitives at Clayson Farm Antique ShowHere is a quick little test to determine whether you are holding a piece of Bakelite in your hand:

1.  Wet a finger.

2.  Rub the suspected Bakelite, in a singlular spot, for 20 seconds or so.

3.  Hold it up to your nose.  Does your nose detect "burnt rubber?"  Yes!  It's Bakelite.  No . . . it's plastic.

This is an effective little "Bakelite" test for when you are hunting and gathering and need to know in a hurry. 

And, just to recap . . . Bakelite, pre-"plastic," was used to make everything from telephone parts, silverware handles, radio cases, dominoes, syrup pitcher handles , buttons, bracelets, costume jewelry, kitchenware, cufflinks, door handle sets, napkin rings, fountain pens, lamp bases . . .  So if your instincts say, "it's old" and looks like plastic, give it this quick little Bakelite test to confirm your suspicions!


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