Sunday, April 16, 2017
Stardust and Blue Fog
Sometimes an antique button possesses so many unusual enhancements that it's easy to overlook the fact that the button is Bakelite. Here's an example of just that. The Bakelite is apple juice infused with a generous pinch of stardust. Normally, an apple juice button absorbs light and emits a golden glow. But that's not happening with this button because the apple juice backside has been painted dark gray—resulting in a shadowy roundup of underlit glitter. Even stranger, the button is garnished with a foggy blue bead made of vintage glass that mysteriously wavers between deep indigo and a silvery periwinkle. Notwithstanding all of its exotic distractions, this recherché wonder-button is in my collection for one guessable reason. It's Bakelite!