Bakelite

An early form of plastic used in household products, jewelry and accessories. Bakelite is highly sought after, particularly in jewelry. Invented by Leo Baekeland in New York, in 1907, Bakelite was a by-product an attempt to create a material to strengthen wood. Bakelite quickly became a reliable material for everything from firearms to children’s toys. Similar to galalith, Bakelite is made from a formaldehyde-based resin. Bakelite lost popularity when less expensive and easier to produce plastics came on the market.

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