BrighterBakelite

Bakelite's amazing original colors and higher shine.

Portland, Oregon · 3305 Sales

BrighterBakelite

Bakelite's amazing original colors and higher shine.

Portland, Oregon 3305 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   Welcome to Brighter Bakelite!

We restore vintage Bakelite jewelry to its original glass like shine and color and create period correct new pieces from factory stock and era correct findings.
All Bakelite tarnishes with age, and many of the rare and striking colors produced in the past are lost under layers of soil and patina. We carry only authentic, tested Phenolic Resinoid Bakelite, Prystal, Marblette, and Catalin pieces, all of vintage origin; no modern reproductions or fakes!
We love the process of restoration and discovery and know that you will enjoy adding these unique colors to your collection.
Please peruse my sold pieces to see the best colors.

Every once in a great while, I find a piece of vintage plastic of another type that is worthy of putting in my shop. I will always specify when I list them.

I make custom pieces in Deco or War Era style from authentic vintage stock, using only period hardware and findings as well. Please let me know if you would like something custom made. I can do just about anything!

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Last updated on Dec 10, 2016

Welcome to Brighter Bakelite!

We restore vintage Bakelite jewelry to its original glass like shine and color and create period correct new pieces from factory stock and era correct findings.
All Bakelite tarnishes with age, and many of the rare and striking colors produced in the past are lost under layers of soil and patina. We carry only authentic, tested Phenolic Resinoid Bakelite, Prystal, Marblette, and Catalin pieces, all of vintage origin; no modern reproductions or fakes!
We love the process of restoration and discovery and know that you will enjoy adding these unique colors to your collection.
Please peruse my sold pieces to see the best colors.

Every once in a great while, I find a piece of vintage plastic of another type that is worthy of putting in my shop. I will always specify when I list them.

I make custom pieces in Deco or War Era style from authentic vintage stock, using only period hardware and findings as well. Please let me know if you would like something custom made. I can do just about anything!

Jesse Fowler

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Jesse Fowler

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I drove 4,700 miles in 6 days to buy 1,600lbs of Bakelite stock! I took out the seats to fit half of it in this car. I'm making original pieces including rare double cast and Stardust! There will be clampers soon. I now have a ton of raw vintage stock!

About

I am a born tinkerer that has developed a method to safely remove Patina from Bakelite without affecting it.

For many years, I have restored vintage items including clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. I found that there is this niche in Bakelite, which I have been interested in for over 20 years. I have acquired a stock of unmade Bakelite rods, pieces, and tubes that I make vintage style pieces out of.

I firmly believe in using things in their original condition whenever possible, restoring when possible, and altering only when it would make something useless useable again.

Collecting and wearing vintage has been a passion of my for all of my life. I grew up very poor, and got all of my clothes from thrift stores. That's how I developed my style. I learned to sew and restore when I was very young. My Mom was a seamstress, and my Dad is a mechanic.

It makes me very happy and proud to hear from my customer how much they love their Brighter Bakelite!

I post previews on my Facebook fan page, Instagram, and Twitter.

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