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August 13, 2008


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that is SO cool!

Lillian Pfohl

Hi Barbara:
I'm trying not to email work, so decided to leave you a blog comment instead. Will adores the beach - he especially adores chasing the sea gulls (lord help us if he ever manages to catch one). We took him up to Ocean City and went on some rides on the boardwalk - a huge hit! He just about thought he died and went to heaven when we went on the log flume ride. And the ferris wheel was also a big hit. Love you and thinking of you - Lillian

LiLi M.

This is really helpful!! I only knew the hot pin method (plastic will melt, so you'll have a disappointment AND a little hole).
See you in two weeks, as I'm going to Paris tomorrow!


Love your Bakelite demonstration--I had no idea! Sticking anything with a red hot pin just doesn't seem like a good idea.


An interesting, informative, and helpful post - with great pictures, too. Thanks!


I have very much enjoyed finding your blog!
Appreciate your demonstration on determining bakelite-never heard of using scrubbing bubbles, but it sounds the easiest one yet!
Thank You


you crack me up! i love the bit about the dog wanting to be in the pic. lol. thanks for the visual, i have never seen the color come off like that. i have done the rub and smell test, but as you say it takes practice to know the stink. such pretty linens!! and is that strawberries hiding under there???hmmmmmm?s


Isn't it fun to find Bakelite! I bought six Bakelite bracelets a few years ago for $3.00 total adn sold them on ebay for $400.00 total. I bought a STOVE with my $3.00 investment! WooHoo! I wanted to mention, in case someone didn't know, that after you use the Scrubbing Bubbles, you need to wash the piece of Bakelite, or the Simethicone in the Scrubbing Bubbles will keep working and make it have a discolored spot.

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Now I didn't know Scrubbing Bubbles did that. I have always used 409. Great lesson! Cute stuff, even if it isn't Bakelite.


PS: Love that fabric!!!!


Hi Barbara, Thanks for visiting :) I've never looked into how you determine the bakelite so this is really helpful. I have a collection of buttons & buckles, I'll have to test but I need to buy some scrubbing bubbles first :) Have a great weekend!

Carmen @ Thifty Cottage Dreams

Thanks for sharing this tip! I don't believe I have any bakelite, but I will be searching my house like mad looking for something to test!

karla nathan

Oh, I have a button collecting friend that I might want to irritate just for the fun of it, thanks for the tip. I'll go rile her up right now.

Beth Leintz

I've always used Simachrome polish to test for bakelite, but I bet scrubbin bubbles is cheaper. I always like to have a dog around when I test too- just for luck or something like that.


I didn't know that about Bakelite & scrubbing bubbles - I'll have to try it & see if I have any buttons that might be.
Love, love that Belgium fabric!!


Hi! Numerous sources will tell you NEVER to use a product like scrubbing bubbles on any vintage plastic. it can damage the pieces irreparably whether they are bakelite or not.
best produt to use is called Simichrome polish (for metals) which is a bit pricey for a tube but worth it! not only will you know instantly if it is bakelite (cloth will turn yellow on contact) but you will also shine and polish the pieces, adding to their value.


this is so cool - I must go home and test all my buttons for bakelite status tonight!


Interesting information - thanks !

Stephanie Haley

I have used the Scrubbing Bubbles to authenticate a Bakelite Necklace. It worked like a charm, and it did not harm the Bakelite at all. I had my answer in less than 30 seconds. Cost of Scrubbing Bubbles? About $5.00. Answer to my Bakelite question? Priceless.

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