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A set of FOUR (4) one of a kind hand-made Hair Pins made of genuine Antique Celluloid and Rhinestone Art Deco Buttons. They are securely affixed to new Silver Plated Bobby Pin Hairpins.

You will receive all four hairpins.

Rhinestones are bezel set in Celluloid. Sixteen stones in all for lots of glam and classy bling for your hairdo!

Colors: Green and clear to Amber - each is subtly different variation of this shade resulting in an ombre effect
Elements: Celluloid and rhinestone
Focals are 5/8" diameter; Hairpins are 2 7/8 total length

Suitable for Weddings, Prom, Formal, Pageant wear or anywhere when you want to feel glamorous!

Care: do not expose to flame, hairspray, hair products, water or perfumes. Be sure to read IMPORTANT CELLULOID INFORMATION # below.[

TERMS:of SALE: : My philosophy is to do no harm. If you are in doubt about any Bakelite, Catalin or Celluloid items in my shop please send me a convo BEFORE you purchase. I do my very best to describe and test. If you remain in doubt, please do not purchase and then conduct your own experiments and request a refund based upon your own independent findings. I strive to help educate and inform along with the selling of vintage and antique buttons and collectibles. There are NO REFUNDS for Bakelite, Catalin or Celluloid.

Here's a whole lot of research for you to help you understand my methods and help you decide whether or not to purchase this item.and save us both a lot of time and effort so: PLEASE READ as your decision to place an order implies that you have read and understood everything in this listing :) .


According to Oprah and Dr. Oz, women have a better sense of smell than men! http://www.oprah.com/health/Are-Men-and-Women-Different_1/9

I always begin testing plastics using the smell test. It is safe and harmless. Just rub the item with warm fingers and it should surrender its identity by the smell it exudes.

Most Bakelite and Catalin buttons exude a characteristic Phenol (aka Phenolic) smell which can be detected by rubbing or subjecting to hot water. Water is friendly to Bakelite.

Celluloid exudes a characteristic Camphor smell. Water is NOT friendly to Celluloid.

If the item passes the Bakelite Phenol smell rub test, I proceed with the hot water smell test, and then the sound test for the characteristic Bakelite "clack". Never subject Bakelite buttons which have any metal components to Simichrome or 409 chemicals because that would destroy the antique patina and greatly reduce the value. Speaking of Simichrome, it has fallen out of favor as a reliable testing method, though it is good for polishing. It is recommended to always back up a Simichrome test with at least one other more reliable method,. Dow 409 or Scrubbing Bubbles was in favor as a method of testing for many years, but this harsh chemical agent may have serious negative effects- if not now, then in years to come.

# IMPORTANT CELLULOID INFORMATION Here is an expert opinion by Karima Perry, who has published numerous books on the subject and what she has to say about Bakelite, Catalin and Simichrome testing:


Celluloid is another chemically produced plastic that includes Nitrate and Formaldehyde. Water is very unfriendly to Celluloid! I use the smell test on all Celluloid- it is very easy to distinguish between Phenol smell of Bakelite/Catalin and the CAMPHOR smell of Celluloid.

I have found the research and writings of Julia Pelletier Robinson to be the most scientific and informative. Here is a link to her website and an article about the differences among Bakelite, Catalin and Celluloid as well as other related articles.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Catalin is a brand name for a thermosetting polymer popular in the 1930s. Developed when the American Catalin Corporation took over the patents for Bakelite in 1927, Catalin is a cast phenolic, which can be worked with files, grinders and cutters and polishes to a fine sheen. Chemically, it is a phenol formaldehyde resin. Catalin has a different manufacturing process (two-stage process) than do other types of Bakelite resins (without using fillers such as sawdust or carbon black). Catalin is transparent, near colorless, rather than opaque. Unlike other bakelite phenolics, it can be dyed bright colors or even marbled. This fact has made Catalin more popular than other types of Bakelite. In the 1930s-1950s, it quickly replaced most plastic consumer goods.

The Catalin Corporation introduced 15 new colours in 1927 and developed techniques to create marbling. The colours included yellow, orange, red, greens, blue, and purple, with clear, opaque and marbled versions. In the 1930s, jewelry made from these colours were popular with sets of beads, bangles, earrings, and rings being worn together.

4 Vintage Art Deco Pastel Green Amber Ombre RHINESTONE CELLULOID HAIRPINS