|Gorgeous swirls encompass this noteworthy poker chip holder as offered by AuRevoir of Seattle.|
The shakers are bakelite and I've seen them in every possible color except blues and whites. A real steal from Australia , the original design probably dating to the 1930's era. The seller's shop has great modern plastics design and should be looked at. Below them is a cool retro desk organizer with metal teeth to cut your tape, that dates the items and to be honest, I've never seen anything like it. Would be great for an artist to put their paint brushes in.
|These old stacking bakelite shakers are from TheStyleCommandos. |
A huge steal for $20 is this vintage desk organizer from Caraway Cache.
|Above and below mottled cups all for $22, a huge steal from NecktieParty shop in Philadelphia!|
The cups were thin, so were most polystyrene items...but once in awhile you will find that polystyrene came in enter thicker plastics...I was shocked to find this huge salad bowl which I now have for sale in my Etsy store.
|Large and sturdy mottled salad bowl in Retro Chalet shop!|
|Gorgeous thick plastic bangle offered by ArtistiekEndeavors|
Keep in mind the factories when swirling or mottling had to way to get the designs perfect. This is so common with Bakelite jewelry, and you will find a plethora of it and still readily available for purchase. Therefore, the imperfection often meant pieces not matching --this also meant that there are NO TWO ALIKE. Isn't that awesome? To know that these earrings below, if you owned them, are the only two of this particular kind of mottling in the entire universe...wow.
|Vintage bakelite earrings from PrettyVintageJewelry are beautiful and functional.|
Perhaps my love for mottling is why I have such a penchant for Russel Wright melmac and melamine dinnerware. For it was he who encompassed so many new techniques in the plastics way back when--in the Residential lines of the early 50's his standard colors were mottled, as shown in the aqua creamer below. Additionally he experimented with adding real "aluminum dust" to "Black Velvet" and "copper flecks" into his "Copper Penny" to enhance this process.
|Molly's Closet is the place to go to get this great Russel Wright creamer.|
|Take for instance these "end of day" Russel Wright designs, probably not approved by him, they were sold by Northern for quite some time due to their accidental popularity. You will find them in blues, greens, and these tans. I just acquired this great set as pictured by Ken Whittington, of North Carolina, who sells unusual plastics on HERE.|
|The Kysite factory had the process down to make all their dishes have this same stippled effect, this offered by vintagecreekside.|
Then you have the pure and happy accidents, that never make it into production. Perhaps they are an artistic creation of an employee, a test design, or just a way of avoiding unused stock. The production of these extraordinary found items exist and are often scoffed at by collectors. However, I think they are even more rare because they weren't included in the original line.
|What the heck was this? I may never know! Offered by Marianne Clare Shop on Etsy.|
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