There is also "Marbled Bakelite"-
which is a combination of two or more solid colors in a swirled pattern,
"Apple Juice Bakelite"-
which is simply clear Bakelite that has oxidized, and
which is Bakelite with flecks of metallic materials the size of either confetti or fine glitter throughout.
Bakelite is most commonly found in the Apple Juice color.
to identify real vs. fake vintage items?
Here’s how you can use a few of those senses to identify Bakelite;
Rub a piece between your thumb and your hand, until it gets warm, and then smell it.
Bakelite should smell like burnt hair or formaldehyde. Immersing the item in hot water should have the same effect of bringing out the smell. Also, Bakelite should be slightly heavy.
When hitting two pieces together there should be a “clunk” sound. If you hit Bakelite and say, rubber, together it will sound differently. Make sure both items are either in your hands or both sitting on the same surface. Don’t place one on the counter and one in your hand, or it won’t work (Ask me how I know this). ;)
Take a q-tip and dip into “Formula 409” or “Scrubbing Bubbles” bathroom cleaner and rub the Bakelite, it should turn yellow. Bakelite colors will change with age. A turquoise will become green. Black Bakelite is harder to test.
Older pieces of Bakelite will have minor scratching and wear.
The hunt for the Bakelite,
the testing of the items, and
the correlation of the information
made for an enjoyable afternoon.
Teaching is the best form of learning.
Go for a hunt and see if you can find some
interesting way Bakelite was used!