While I know that my blog is called I Love Vintage Housewares, I will on occasion throw some other kinds of stuff on here, just to mix it up a little and keep you on your toes!
I ran into my local thrift shop just to do a quick scan when I found this little gem:
It was only $7 and I was pretty sure at the store that it was genuine Bakelite (I posted about my first Bakelite find here), but I couldn't confirm it. I would have done the smell test, but I have a really bad sense of smell so I couldn't use my sniffer and I thought it would be sketchy to go up to someone and ask them, "does this bracelet smells like burnt hair when I rub it?" Just typing it feels weird.
Anyway, because of the color, weight and sound, I was pretty sure it was real, but I still had to confirm it. An article I found here said to soak a cotton swab with 409 and gently rub the inside of the bracelet. If it turned yellow, then it is genuine. Well "hot dog" I thought, "I have some of that under the sink." I tested it on one I knew was real, and one I knew was regular old plastic. The plastic didn't react, but the known real one and the new one above did. I have to do some research to see what chemical is reacting with what, but as of right now, I am pretty sure that I picked up a terrific Bakelite bangle for super cheap!
I'm going to head over to join Vintage Thingie Thursday over at The Colorado Lady and check out the other links!