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« on: October 02, 2006 11:24:15 AM »

I was lucky enough to come across a huge stash of vintage buttons at the weekend. Is there anyway I can tell what they are made from? I suspect some may be made of bakelite.
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2006 01:35:17 PM »

Well, at least for Bakelite, you can try these two things.

Rub the button between your fingers until you feel it getting warm. then sniff. If it smells like formaldehyde, you might have bakelite.

Another one to try is to get some Formula 409....other cleaners don't work and might leave marks on your buttons. Put it on a q-tip or something similar and rub the button. If it turns yellow, you've probably got bakelite. But this won't work for black bakelite.
Good luck!
Vintage buttons are great! I'm jealous!
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2006 11:46:18 PM »

Thanks!

I'll try rubbing it since I have no idea what formula 409 is.
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2006 10:54:48 AM »

Oops, sorry, Didn't see you were in the UK. It's a type of cleaner sold in the U.S.
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2006 11:23:09 PM »

Hmm, I did this and they all smelt a little "fishy". Now, I use 100% formaldehyde in the lab I work at but it'll strip your nose lining if you try to smell it so I have no idea what I'm "smelling" for.
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2006 11:32:06 PM »

When you do the "rub & smell" test if usually smells somewhat of gas, plastic, and chemicals. But not in a overwhelming kinda way. Formula 409 is a basic kitchen cleaner. DOW Scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner is a more standard cleaner to do the q-tip test with. Hope this helps, & good luck with the possible bakelite button score!! Grin
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