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Vintage Reproduction Faux Bakelite

November 4, 2009 by lolkitty: Kaela

I had one of those days where my desire to be creative was overwhelming.

Chris bought me this darling piece of Bakelite that is a simple but charming tiki head purse clasp.  I really loved it, and when I look at all the great bakelite pieces out there, I think it’s a shame that they are so expensive and hard to find.

So I did what I always do when authentic vintage pieces aren’t as accessible as I’d like: I made vintage.

Faux Bakelite Tiki Heads for sale now!

Faux Bakelite Tiki Heads for sale now!

I took some polymer clay that I’ve had some fun with recently making cute old-fashioned kind of treat charms, and tried my hand at making these little guys.

I couldn’t get close enough to the face with my own hands, working with this new medium was a little cumbersome.  I do think it has a great deal of flexibility and I would like to do many, many more pieces like this.  I made a mold from the clay itself and baked it.  I made two faces and spent about an hour on them each getting the details just right.

After putting on the glaze I was very satisfied with these pieces.  I think there’s a lot of potential for these to be a star piece in vintage inspired wardrobes where real bakelite is just not practical.  For one thing, when you wear real Bakelite, it makes you smell like formaldehyde, and the bangles can stain your skin! Yuck!  I’m not sure if polymer clay is sturdy enough to be a bangle, but this is definitely my next project, among a couple other Bakelite pieces I have saved photos of in the hopes of being able to recreate them one day.

Hope you enjoyed them!  They’re for sale at Lipstick Vogue or my etsy store.

xoxo
-Kaela


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