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While thoughts often turn to jewelry when Bakelite is mentioned, from vintage radios to old flatwear handles, there's more to this colorful old plastic than mere adornments. There are actually a number of ways to determine if all the old objects you own are genuine Bakelite. With fakes found regularly, especially in the jewelry world, it's wise to know what you're dealing with before you make a purchase. Take a look at Six Ways to Test Bakelite for Authenticity. And don't forget to read the warning about the hot pin test in the introduction. Don't mess around with that one!

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May 4, 2006 at 8:54 pm
(1) Kimberly says:

Hello Pamela, I always find your articles so interesting, especially the one “Six ways to test Bakelite” I wanted to share with you and your readers another product I found that has shown 100% positive testing called “LA’s Totally Awesome” it is an as seen on TV product that I find at my local dollar store. When accidentally discovering this product for this use, I backed up my findings with Simichrome to be sure. Hope this information helps. Kimberly

May 6, 2006 at 9:40 am
(2) antiques says:

Thanks for sharing this tip. Just be sure that the cleaner (which I’m not familiar with) doesn’t remove the finish on your Bakelite pieces. That’s been the issue with Scrubbing Bubbles of late. I’m not sure if they changed the formula or if people are just getting carried away with using it. Best, Pam

May 15, 2006 at 12:01 pm
(3) Kimberly says:

Hello Pam, I always test in a safe place of the piece and hope others do as well, this cleaner appears to be very safe and has yet to cause any damage. It has no acid, ammonia or bleach and is considered non toxic. I looked on line and it seems to only be available in local dollar type stores. I hope this additional information helps. Kimberly

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