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Bakelite and other early plast…59 of 62Burgundy barrel bead necklace The necklace before it broke......
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    Posted 6 years ago

    Elisabethan
    (270 items)

    This is my latest auction find. It is a very long bakelite bead necklace in need of love and attention and repair! It is 82 cm long when open (32,28 inches) and the largest bead is 3 cm (1,18 inches). It has a screw bead clasp. I think it´s from the 1930's (?).

    I believe this might actually be on it´s original string that might be made of silk (I´m not a textile expert I´m afraid). The beads needs to be polished as well. The string broke after I got the necklace but that was something I knew would happen as I had seen the condition of the string. I think the necklace was worth the 29 USD (26 EUR) that I paid for it...

    I would love some information and idéas about how to restore it. Is silkthread/string something that I can find on line? Or should it be cotton? Should there be knots in between each bead? I would also love som ideas about what this color is called? It is a brownish/orange color.

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    1. getthatmonkeyoutofme getthatmonkeyoutofme, 6 years ago
      Just buy some bead cord.... it's easy to do
      some of them allready have an needle at one end...
    2. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Thanks, that´s easy but I want it to be as close to the original as possible. :)
    3. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 6 years ago
      I had almost the same post a couple of years ago:
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/100162-broken-dreams
    4. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 6 years ago
      I still haven't fixed mine... I feel the same way, I want it to be as close to original as possible.
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      You're right it's very similar and we have the same problem, hope we can both get some great ideas here. Thanks for understand my point.
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Thank you very much Manikin, aghcollect, PatSea, PhilipDavidAlexandermorris, Mikelv85 and Kerry10456!
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Very nice and a great price for this 20's or 30's necklace. Get that monkey had the right advice - buy the brownish/reddish bead cord with the needle at the end and just string it all back together. It looks like this was the original cord and it lasted a long time. It doesn't look like it was a knotted necklace. From my experience the hardest part is getting a good knot inside those screw clasps to hold it all together. You might add and then crimp a metal crimp bead - it will be hidden inside. It's a little tricky to get your pliers in this clasp. The first end is easy but finishing it up is harder but not impossible - you can go back thru a few beads and make knots that are inside those beads . AND glue works on the knot (not the bead) as we all know.

      I love this color but I don't know what bakelite collectors call it. When you take it apart to clean it put it on your necklace bead board and rub every bead clean w/simichrome or 409...or soapy water - let everything dry. When you are doing this you will be able to tell if the beads sat against eachother or if there's discoloration from a knot between each one.

      And how fun! You have a lovely old bakelite necklace you are giving new life to!

    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Thanks Val for your detailed advice that will help me. I see in the photos from before it broke that there were some knots left. I might redo this without knots. I'll see what I can find on line when it comes to buying cord. I think you are right, it's better to get it done so I can wear it. Thanks for your nice coment and patient advice :) I am greatful always.
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Thanks kyratango, Vetraio50, Katherinescollection and racer4four!!
    10. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Thanks Sean68!
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Thankyou Trey for your attention!
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Did you wear this to your party yesterday? A beautiful long strand of bakelite!!
    13. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      No I didn't but I will soon. I have taken care of it though and it's now restrung on silkcord. Thankyou :)

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