Vintage Plastics; Bakelite, Celluloid and Lucite

Antique and Vintage Bakelite Jewelry plus all Antique and Vintage Plastics including Celluloid, Lucite, Bakelite Kitchenware, Flatware, Utensils and Collectibles have gained significant respect and are being sought after more and more each year since more are being collected by all generations.

Many people don’t realize how many objects in their home when they were growing up was actually made from Bakelite and Lucite. Kitchen Clocks, That Plastic Radio that played all the time, The Handles of Flatware and Utensils, Egg Beaters, Ice Cream Scoopers, The Tops of Sugar Shakers, Can Openers, Pot Handles and so much more were made from Bakelite and Lucite. Even Telephones were made from Bakelite. The Marriage of Bakelite and Lucite showed itself in Two-tone Flatware and Costume Jewelry and is not limited to solids only. A variety of Patterns such as Checkerboards, Dots, Animals, Pearlized Designs, End-Of-Day in a Vast array of Colors were produced. Spoons with Bakelite Handles are hardest to find since Boxed Bakelite Kitchenware Flatware Sets were mostly sold with only the Forks and Knives for Picnics and Luncheons. If you can, have a look around Grandmas or Moms Kitchen and Jewelry Box. I bet you’ll find some Wonderful Collectible Bakelite that you never noticed before.

Plastics such as Bakelite were primarily made to provide the public with less expensive items especially during the hardships of World War II. Incredibly Plastics such as Celluloid have been around since the 1800’s!

Celluloid was invented by John Wesley Hyatt in 1869 and was widely used in 1890-1917 all through the Victorian Era, Art Nouveau and parts of the Art Deco Period. Because Celluloid is highly flammable, manufacturing was for a limited time and had discontinued until safer plastics had been introduced, making Vintage and Antique Celluloid Jewelry Highly Collectible today.

Bakelite on the other hand is unmeltable. It is an early Polymeric Plastic made from a Phenol Formaldehyde Resin invented by Leo Hendrik Baekeland in 1907 while he was trying to invent a varnish.

Be gentle with your Bakelite and wash them by hand. A Dishwashing Machine will ruin the finish. Always buy what you like and be Creative with All Vintage Plastics. Display your Bakelite, Celluloid, Lucite Brooches and Jewelry in a Lucite Box in your Living room as a conversation piece. Design your Kitchen with Vintage Bakelite Utensils, Cookware and Appliances for a Fantastic Vintage Appearance. And always Buy from reputable and knowledgeable dealers.

Source by Sharon Lemell

Nose bidets are becoming a very popular way to treat allergies and the common cold. The Neti Pot is the most popular nose bidet available. There is a new kind of bidet spreading in popularity across the United States. The nose bidet or Neti Pot is an age-old remedy used in many cultures to combat sinus problems such as:

Fighting a cold. The most common use of a nose bidet is to treat the common cold. Some people use it at the first sign of illness while others turn to it when all other remedies fail. Chronic allergies. A nose bidet can help relieve the constant sniffling, sneezing and sinus congestion that plague many adults on a seasonal basis. Avid users swear by daily irrigation of the sinuses, similar to the routine of brushing your teeth.

Whether you choose to use a nasal bidet on a daily basis or just for occasional sinus relief, following a step-by-step process will ensure a safe and reasonably comfortable process. You can purchase a nose bidet or Neti Pot at most local drug stores or order online if they are unavailable in your area. To use your nose bidet:

1. Mix a saline solution. You can either buy a pre-mixed solution or make your own at home using non-iodized salt and warm water.
2. Relax your muscles. The most important step to this process is to relax your facial muscles. Breathing through your mouth can be more effective than holding your breath.
3. Pour the solution. Hold your head over a sink or tub and pour the solution into one nostril, allowing gravity to let it flow through your nasal passages. You may also want to repeat the process starting with the opposite nostril.
4. Dry your nasal area. Once you've finished flushing your sinuses, make sure you've gotten all water out by blowing through your nose and drying the area around it with a towel or tissue.

Incorporating a nose bidet can help relieve sinus pressure and leave you breathing easier during cold and flu season or on a daily basis. The nasal bidet has even been recommended by noted physicians and promoted by popular television celebrities. It is definitely gaining more and more popularity due to its effectiveness and hygienic benefits for all ages. Give a nose bidet a try and your sigh of relief will be more satisfying than ever before.

Source by Dr Warren Smith