So you've been out to the flea market or garage sale and you found this great old Griswold cast iron skillet that you just had to have. You get it home and look it over and see years of someone else's grease on it, now what do you do. First its off to Google where you will find 10-20 different ways, baking it at high temp in the oven, easy-off oven cleaner and even sand-blasting it [don't do this as it will ruin the original finish].
What is Bakelite? Bakelite was created by Belgium Scientist Leo Baekeland in 1907 when trying to develop an alternative for shellac which was used to cover woodwork. The result was not what he had expect, but did give the world a new material to create everything from ladies jewelry to telephone cases and electrical insulators.
Collecting costume jewelry from the early 20th century can be fun and can change up any outfit. My wife gets compliments all the time when sporting her collection of Art Deco pins, brooches and bangles. The majority of jewelry today is made in China and is usually copies of pieces from the past.
We just came across these gorgeous wide vintage Bakelite bangles. We have been into Bakelite for over 10 years. First you need to know the Bakelite lingo with colors like yellow is not yellow it's mustard. Colors like Mississippi mud, paprika and creamed spinach were created to describe these vintage pieces. All of these bangles are 1.25" wide.