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    Posted 6 years ago

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    1930's-40's Celluloid ring in my favorite earthtone colors: honey, amber and 2 shades of green. These were home hobby and also prison projects. Nice 1-1/4" size. I was able to get this ring for less than $15 because of its damage. Can my expert friends help me with advice? As it is now it's too fragile to wear.

    Pix 3 shows a nice old celluloid ring box my sister gave me for my birthday. 3"x2" and says "Plumb Jewelry Store, oldest jewelry store in Iowa, Sixth & Walnut, Des Moines"

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Buy some fly tying resin uv cured, but practice before using on cherished items!
      Layer by layer, not in big amount at once, uv between each layer.
      Color will be given after hardening with permanent marker or ink.
      I insist about practizing on junk stuff before ;-)
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thank you Kyra! I will look into this and practice and let you know when I get it fixed. I think I'll put a small piece of tape on underside, then as you said apply the resin between the 2 borders.

      Thanks also to AGH for love.
    3. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      I was thinking the same thing about resin after a piece is added. I wonder if this is "prison art" since it's toothbrushes? That little box is cute too!
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks share - I've seen this listed as prison art. I can't imagine prisoners were the only ones to make these great old rings. And thanks for the comment on my ring box.
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks Phil - I'm sure I can fix it - just a matter of how smooth and close I can make the restoration.
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks bratjdd - it's a great ring and not too small or big (often were men's rings). The deteriorated panel is the one w/chunks of gold glitter inside so I guess that was a material that didn't wear over the years.
    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      What a rare find ! Such beautiful colors, love it.
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the kind words Agram!

      Thank you all my CW friends for loving this. I still haven't repaired it yet.
    9. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      I like to buy a Bakelite pin, but I have do not know much of Bakelite.
      designed by Jorge Caicedo Montes De Oca and produced in small series to remember 100th year Bakelite made by hand. The material from the USA 40s period (Marblette en/of Catalin)including description and gift wrapping which an original cut portrait of Leo Baekeland.
      What do you think about this, please may I have your advise? I will be very grateful.
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Hello MJ. I looked up his designs on facebook and think they are just beautiful! I couldn't find that pin though. There are other modern designers too and I would put him right up there at the top for quality. He has a youtube video "the art of bakelite" shows his studio and bakelite raw materials all around - beautiful!

      Another modern designer -
      Brad Elfrink from Missouri, USA and specializes in carving. At first his items were on ebay.

      I am not sue what dates bakelite officially "modern". To me that would be items created from 1970's to present. I purchased to red carved bangles online from a studio in Israel. I didn't pay too much so I didn't mind that they didn't pass my simichrome, smell or hot water tests. What bothered me was they were sold as bakelite but when I questioned the shop after "testing"- they did not respond.
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Excuse the typos above.
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      MJ - Yes, he's a talented bakelite artist. I love his work. I think it would be valuable to a bakelite collector with the certificate commemorating 100 yrs of Leo Baekeland's work & patent.

      Everyone has different preference - most only collect old bakelite and others (like me) appreciate that the craft of carving, cutting, buffing is still alive. I have 2 beautiful rings that were made by a California artist circa 2003 and will post them for your opinion.
    13. SpunkysMom SpunkysMom, 6 years ago
      Stunning piece, I too hope you get it fixed!

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