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Posted 8 months ago

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valentino97
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I cried when I dropped my lovely orange bakelite bangle that broke in a couple places. Couldn't be reglued - put it away for awhile. Later got the pieces out and "broke" them in 1.25" segments for the fake closures on this dress. I designed a group as my final project in my fashion design college back in 1997. I won first place. Then I had professional photos taken for my portfolio. I really do NOT like that black armhole - it bugs me! Oh well my portfolio helped me get employment and some custom work too.

UPCYCLE is defined: reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original. I would say - to the unfixable original.

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  1. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 months ago
    BRAVO to you.....GREAT idea

    Salutes 4u....
  2. Aimathena, 8 months ago
    What a wonderfully ingenious idea. Very impressive Val.
  3. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 8 months ago
    Now that is creative!
  4. Manikin Manikin, 8 months ago
    So talented :-) And dress looks very wearable !
  5. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
    Thank you CW friends for loving this upcycle idea: Kerry, phil, ken, agh, mike, aim, geo, gargoyle, sara, manikin!
  6. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
    antiquerose, aim, gargoyle and manikin - thank you for your comments. I am a big believer and follower of recycle and reuse. Sadly some things I hang on too long that I have no idea where they are anymore.

  7. Newtimes Newtimes, 8 months ago
    Its a great idea!
    I also have some bangles that are broken.
    They broke just in 1 place. So I m thinking of braking them on the opposite side and making a clamper bracelet out of them...Bakelite clampers are georgeous...I just have to walk in to the right findings for them!
  8. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
    Newtimes - thanks for your comment! If your bangle just broke in half it's still going to be more stable to glue it back together. Why? It is VERY hard to drill into Bakelite. Plus your finding might have to come from another old bracelet since those old hinges are very hard to find.
  9. Newtimes Newtimes, 8 months ago
    breaking that is...
    Val, yes, but I would really REALLY love to have a bakelite clamper! :-)
    I wouldn't drill, I would glue it. I have a cheap ass fakelite 'made in china' sort of clamper with the right findings, but its the wrong size for my broken bakelite bangles.
  10. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
    I don't have a bakelite clamper either. I would love to find one! Mine are all thermoplastic or Lucite. Some of the hinges have prongs that you could pound into your bakelite (first drill a small spot where they could "fit". And, yes - glue everything. Does this sound right?) I love DIY! I would go for it.

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