TA DA! ♥♥♥ Its red, its heavily carved and its my new favourite bangle (it has just ever slightly overtaken my polka one - but only just!).
I bought this from a private collector. It was quite pricey (for me) at £40 (about $62) - BUT these sort go for $100s on antique sites and Etsy, as you can see here. 1st thing I did - test it! (My preferred method is hold under hot water tap. If you get that 'medicine cabinet smell' - you know you have a winner!).
Very happy with this one....just want more now! :)
I also picked up this mango coloured double carved line bangle, a steal at $24 (£15). After reading Solanah's - from Vixen Vintage blog - Bakelite polishing tutorial HERE, I was tempted to give it a sand and polish as it looks as though it was originally pink! squee! BUT I think as its carved, I will leave well alone and enjoy it as it is. I also like the fact that it has aged over the years, as we all do!
And this is how I store them - on my 50s vanity, in my glitter lucite box purse!
Last week I also picked up this great Bakelite collectors book from Amazon marketplace....
I was lucky enough to get this used copy for just 40 pence (about 65c), plus shipping!!
Drool drool drool - one of each please!
And loving all these nautical pins - would like any one of these, especially the Marlin!
Oh, and this acorn bracelet would be nice too!
On my internet travels, I also discovered this amazing shop in San Francisco; Gaslight & Shadows Antiques that I must visit someday! It looks amazing. I would be like a kid in a (very expensive) sweet shop!
A blogger who has inspired me to collect is the lovely Holly from Temperamental Broad. Check out her amazing bangle collection HERE. Seriously enviable - read it and weep!
If you want to know more about collecting it, the different types, and how to test it - Holly did a great article on her blog last year with all the info HERE.
I'm on the hunt for more now, (at resonable prices!) so, watch this space.......... :))