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Bakelite an early plastic.
Bakelite is an early plastic.
It is a thermosetting plastic.
It was developed in 19071909
by Belgian chemist Dr. Leo Baekeland.
One of the first plastics made from synthetic components
Bakelite was used for its electrically nonconductive
and heat-resistant properties in radio and telephone casings and electrical insulators,
and also in such diverse products
as kitchenware, jewellery, pipe stems, and children's toys.
The "retro" appeal of old Bakelite products and labour intensive
manufacturing has made them quite collectible in recent years.…read more
The importance of Bakelite
· Bakelite was a revolutionary new product
that could be mass produced due to its
ability to be shaped when heated and then
set into pattern moulds. Bakelite was
known as a thermoplastic - a product that
once set would be nonconductive and
heat-resistant. As an electrical insulator it
became popular in the growing electrical
· Jewellery makers found that because it
was light weight it made Bakelite a perfect
choice for designing and manufacturing
inexpensive bracelets, rings, pins and
other jewellery.…read more