Nice pair of green and mustard color swirl tested bakelite earrings are 1/2" in diameter and 1/4" thick. They are screw on style.
I am not a bakelite expert but I do try and test my items. If you find them not what you expect, returns are always accepted. FAQ (Bay Ka Lite) Synthetic resin chemically formulated and named after Belgian chrmist L. H. Baekeland in 1909. Used for molding items which were previously done of celluloid or hard rubber. Bakelite is very collectible in all its forms - most popularily, jewelry, buttons, radio cases, etc. Bakelite has become to be used as a generic term meaning any type of early thermo plastic (mistakenly). It is not actually bakelite unless tested. One test is to rub your fingers across an actual piece of bakelite - warm it and familiarize yourself with the odor and feel. Another way is to immerce the piece in hot water (not if stones are present). The small should be acrid or like formaldehyde or carbolic acid. Bakelite has a "clunky" sound, unlike the lighter celluloid, when knocking two pieces together.. Hot needle testing is sometimes done CAREFULLY. Pick an out of the way spot and prick the piece with a hot needle - note the small ! Also be aware that non thermoplastic pieces will melt, thermoset will not. Another way for testing is to use simichrome metal polish on a q-tip. Rub the item gently and if a yellow residue is apparent, the item is "probably" bakelite. Bakelite is being reproduced and redesigned so note the colors - Characteristic colors include light yellow, dark yellow, butterscotch, pea green, deep green, grass green, lime green, black, brown, maroon, deep maroon, red, orange, navy and deep navy blue. The marbelized colors include greens, golds, tortoise, blue green, rose, plum, peach and lots of yellow shades. Also clear and vaseline pieces. Several wonderful books are available as well as websites that discuss the plastics. The best collectors study the feel, shape and colors but even the most expert can be fooled. Newer whimsical bakelite is enjoying a high collectability but know your dealer ! Be sure to check our Past Traditions Bakeite Gallery as well as a Main Bakelite Gallery for frequent new items.
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